Common Tater

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I am a teacher. Will teach Clawhammer banjo to total beginners or to 3-Finger players who want to come to the "old side".

Got my start with the banjo about 1969. Played Clawhammer at first and after hearing Ralph Stanley for the first time I took a moderate hiatus into 3-Finger. While living in Virginia, I came back to my first love and haven't looked back since.

I've owned and played mostly Tubaphones and Whyte Laydies; I prefer and am currently playing the latter.

Lately, I've gotten back into early Texas music and have written a few songs connected with Texas history. I enjoy jamming with Old Time people, but have jammed with Bluegrassers and have seemed to have convinced them that Clawhammer is not at all the enemy of standard Bluegrass songs. Swapping the lead with a 3-Finger picker is very enjoyable.

Posted by Common Tater: Posted 25 May 2012 - Last edited 10 May 2013


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