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Steve Martin Gives Stephen Colbert Some Tips on Playing the Banjo (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Mar 22nd 2011 7:10AM
Steve Martin on 'The Colbert Report'Steve Martin was on 'The Colbert Report' (Weeknights, 11:30PM ET Comedy Central), were he performed a song from his new bluegrass album, 'Rare Bird Alert.'

But before doing so, he told Colbert about different types of banjo playing techniques, including one known as "clawhammer."

"Clawhammer?" Colbert repeated. "It sounds like a disability ... "

"Or I think of it as a 'Kama Sutra' position," Martin shot back.

Well, you can certainly learn a lot about a man from what he thinks "clawhammer" sounds like.

Watch Steve Martin's full interview and performance here:

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franplatt

Do people really think that clawhammer banjo is something too obscure or esoteric to know about? The dumbing-down of America is a truly depressing trend.

March 22 2011 at 3:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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btorionsport

Hardly a trend... what's done is done. Listen to "popular" music today. Many of these so-called "musicians" don't play instruments, nor can they perform outside of a stuio (see the superbowl half-time show). Those of us who are familiar with the banjo are just "old and in the way".

March 22 2011 at 4:19 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
pnut166

Sadly, franplatt, clawhammer banjo IS something that needs an explanation to the majority of the population. Ask anyone under thirty to tell you what it is: you MIGHT get 2 out of ten correct answers.

March 22 2011 at 5:08 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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