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Thread #11252   Message #82950
Posted By: DonMeixner
30-May-99 - 11:51 PM
Thread Name: I need information on 'frailing tunes'
Subject: RE: I need information on 'frailing tunes'

My favorite frailer/clawhammer player is Howard Bursen. He has a fine recording on Sandy Paton's very own Folk-Lethargy label . Howard is married to Sally Rogers who is her self a fine banjo player.

Howard plays a drop thumb melodic style that could be argued as not being a frailing style anymore.

I play a knockdown style similar to Uncle Dave Macon's that is as much rhythmic as it is melodic. A very primitive frailing style. Michael Cooney has an excellent method as does Cathy Fink and Cathy Barton.

Publications like Oak's "Oldtime Banjo Tunes" and believe it or don't " Mel Bay's Frailing the Five String Banjo" are good sources for advanced and begiinere tunes.