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A style of playing the 5-string Banjo which is similar to the way the original Gourd Banjos were played. The technique is essentially:

  • Pick a Melody note
  • Strum down with the fingers
  • Pick the Drone (5th string) quickly after the strum

It is often descibed as 'Bum-Ditty' with Bum on the melody note, Dit on the strum and -ty for the quick drone pick. Opinion is divided as to whether Clawhammer is the same technique or not.