Old Time Banjo Picking

A great way to play!

Single Thumb

Old-Time banjo picking is a really satisfying way to play the banjo.  In this video we’re going to look at some of the guys who were playing before Earl Scruggs and learn a simple picking pattern called ‘Single thumb – pinch.’

Charlie Poole made a whole style of playing out of this technique and created hit records in the 1930s.  Some of his songs are still well known today.