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Brian shows off his banjo chops on this Earl Scruggs classic.
“I don’t know if that’s the ‘proper’ bluegrass way to play the banjo” he says. “It doesn’t matter to me. I’m playing straight bluegrass on my Gibson ‘Earl Scruggs’ banjo, but the guitar chords behind it are jazz substitutions.”
We wondered if Brian’s Travis picking skills helped when playing banjo. Can of worms officially opened!
“It’s funny how people call that Travis picking,” he replies. “They don’t call it Chet Atkins picking! Well, I can’t tell you that I play ‘Travis picking’ on the banjo... or guitar. I just call it my punk rock banjo playing!”