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Billy Scribbles playing technique

Recent BHO - Tue, 2018-11-13 18:41


I recently came across videos featuring Billy Scribbles, a busker active in Asheville, who appears to be using a pretty weird technique that I can't just wrap my head around. Here are some videos of him:


The Gael

John Henry

Is he just playing standard overhand/clawhammer style really fast, or is there something more at work here. I've never really heard anything like this before.


New to BHO and the Banjo, a BIG HELLO!

Recent BHO - Mon, 2018-11-12 14:21

A big hello to you all at BHO,

I've learned a lot perusing the forum the last couple months. I'm new to the 5 string banjo, and I'm playing it using a three finger style, kind of like Mississippi John Hurt plays guitar. I took up banjo to continue working back through american music to its African roots. I'm also adding banjo to my original music and I am loving every minute of it!

I have Dan Levenson's Clawhammer From Scratch book and his and Bob Carlin's Kyle Creed book. My immediate plans are to spend the winter months practicing a ton. Long term, I plan on spending the second half of my hundred years on earth playing a LOT of banjo! Possibly making it my main instrument. What can i say? I'm in love.

I play a used $150 Conrad MIJ banjo with resonator. I like it a lot. Keeps tune, once i worked with it a bit. I'm saving up for a fretted Pisgah Woodchuck with 25.5" scale and 12" pot. After that see what happens, but i want a fretless too. I need a professional instrument or two as i play out regularly.

Anyway big HELLO!

Can't wait to chat with all of you.

Putting the ham in Clawhammer,
Wheatbread Johnson

Uncle Dave Macon Videos

Recent BHO - Mon, 2018-11-12 06:56

I was doing a bit of googling the last couple days...the only video I can find of Uncle Dave Macon is this one:

There's lots of other stuff on YT, but it's all just audio with still shots. 

Are there any other publicly available videos out there that I'm missing?