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Google Doodle celebrates
Earl Scruggs, banjo-picking pioneer

CNET, by Steven Musil

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Posted By:StormCnter, 1/12/2019 8:35:51 AM

Earl Scruggs revolutionized the way we play and appreciate the banjo today. Scruggs, who was born 95 years ago this month, developed his own three-finger method of picking the five-string banjo – an approach so radical it´s now widely referred to as "Scruggs style." That style, which features picks attached to the thumb, index finger and middle finger, has become a defining characteristic of bluegrass music and the most popular style of playing banjo in the genre. Google dedicated an animated Doodle to Scruggs on Friday, highlighting his finger-picking method, which helped elevate the status of the banjo

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I´m not a bluegrass or banjo fan, but when your technique lives on and bears your name, applause is deserved.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: RPool, 1/12/2019 11:42:56 AM     (No. 11890785)

It has been said before but in the evening all across the world, when the chores are done and the kids are done, literally thousands of banjo cases are opened for the legions of players wanting to learn and play Earl´s style. A gentle icon if ever there was one.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 1/12/2019 12:08:24 PM     (No. 11890839)

Like OP, I´m not a fan of the genre but there´s no avoiding moving to the beat whenever "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" is heard.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Judy, 1/12/2019 2:56:23 PM     (No. 11891014)

I can dance to the foggy mountain breakdiwn!!!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Judy, 1/12/2019 2:59:24 PM     (No. 11891017)

Breakdown! Sorry!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: dvc, 1/12/2019 4:03:04 PM     (No. 11891079)

I have loved Flat and Scruggs since I was a teen. My Grandfather was a professional musician, and my father an amateur, with a tenor banjo. Lots of good memories of family sing alongs around the campfire.

A good friend in Fla in the 60s and early 70s was a really skilled 5 string banjo player, easily as good as Scruggs. I really enjoyed three or four afternoons on his back porch with a few friends of his, bass fiddle, fiddle, and guitar plus his 5 string, just getting down. Bluegrass nirvana for me.

He could do a chime thing with his banjo that I have never heard anywhere else. Somehow partially dampen the string and get a perfect, clear, bell-like chime out of it. Amazed me, but maybe it is common, even though I have never seen it done by anyone else. No kind of expert on banjos, but sure enjoy a good player.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: dvc, 1/12/2019 4:19:18 PM     (No. 11891097)

Here are some chimes. Apparently the net DOES have everything.

Jump to 10 on the video to hear a few chimes.
My friend could do it essentially perfectly. This guy only gets it really right part of the time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=58&v=T9dII7_-GIA

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Reply 7 - Posted by: JunkYardDog, 1/12/2019 6:43:55 PM     (No. 11891206)

Google honored a white person! What´s next? They´ll stop censoring conservatives??

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