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Al Davison
10-17-2016, 07:02 AM
I attended the Alabama Folk School (http://www.alfolkschool.com) this past weekend - just got back. I had four days of uke classes with Jere Canote and learned a ton! It was like drinking from a firehose but I did my best to keep up.

Jere is hilarious! A great instructor and spent part of one class teaching us the rudiments of claw-hammer uke. It sounds great but I cannot say that I can actually do it, yet.
Mostly, I learned a lot of great new strumming techniques and how to improve on just about everything that I knew and a lot that I didn't know.

When we weren't in classes, it was non-stop jamming with about 140 of my new best friends. Fiddles, banjos, guitars, mandolins, basses and even an occasional harmonica and dulcimer were everywhere you could see. You couldn't swing a soprano without hitting an excellent musician who was more than happy to have you join in even if you were not an excellent musician.

I think I played about 10 hours each day - my fingers still hurt this morning. ;)

Once I get Jere's permission, I'll try to post some video here.

This was at a really beautiful and special place - Camp McDowell - in the wilds of Alabama (about an hour north and west of Birmingham). I highly recommend it!

Anybody here ever try clawhammer uke? There are lots of youtube videos if you look. Pretty cool.

Al Davison
10-17-2016, 07:05 AM
Got so excited that I misspelled Ukulele. That's embarrassing.:p

10-17-2016, 01:17 PM
I took a class from an instructor who demonstrated clawhammer. He was an old Banjo picker who switched to playing mostly ukulele. His claw hammer appeared effortless, however for me a great deal more effort is required. It is interesting how technique can change the quality and style of the sound that one can get out of a single instrument.