[Ads-l] Frailing (UNCLASSIFIED)

Eric Nielsen ericbarnak at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jun 9 01:09:19 UTC 2015


And maybe recognition for its "clawhammer" style kin?

Eric

On Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 3:08 PM, Mullins, Bill CIV (US) <
william.d.mullins18.civ at mail.mil> wrote:

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> Subject:      Frailing (UNCLASSIFIED)
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> The banjo sense of "frail" (verb) may be a subset of the one the OED
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> tly includes (to beat, to thrash).  But maybe it deserves its own.
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> _Keystone Folklore Quarterly_ v IV, nos 1&2, Spr/Summer 1959, p 140
> "Even more traditional is his manner of playing the banjo, a relatively
> sim=
> ple picking and frailing style."
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> _Greensboro [NC] Record_ 26 Jun 1965, p 1 col 4
> "Old timers still play a style known variously as "frailing," "framing,"
> or=
>  "double knocking" while younger banjo pickers generally prefer the fast,
> r=
> ippling three-finger style of picking whose invention is generally
> credited=
>  to the Grand Ol' Opry's Earl Scruggs."
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> [book title]
> Eric Muller & Barbara Koehler, _Frailing the 5-string banjo: an
> instruction=
>  manual_ Pacific, MO: Mel Bay Prods., 1973
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> _Billboard_ 30 May 1992, p 50 col 5
> "Best known for his exotic "double drop thumb" frailing technique, Bird
> pla=
> ys tribute to the pre-World War II music he performed with his cousin who
> w=
> as killed in that war."
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