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Basic Clawhammer Technique, Part 1

This lesson is part of the course Clawhammer Banjo with Evie Ladin.
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Learn old-time clawhammer banjo from the beginning, with basic clawhammer technique exercises and lots of great old-time and traditional songs to play.
 
 
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There are several versions of the traditional favorite “Shady Grove.” This one is in G modal tuning, the same tuning as “Cluck Old Hen.” Once again, to get into this tuning you simply raise your second string up a half step to C. “Shady Grove” is a one part tune, and you’ll mostly play the melody, not chords, whether you’re playing the melody by itself or singing the song. Evie starts by playing through the whole tune and singing the song, so you can get the melody in your head before you start finding it on the banjo. Then she walks you through the melody, phrase by phrase, showing you how the words of the song match the melody. You’ll also learn some variations to the basic melody, including more hammer-ons and drop thumbing.
 
 
 
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Basic Clawhammer Technique  
 
Basic Clawhammer Technique  
 
Basic Clawhammer Technique, Part 1
Basic Clawhammer Technique, Part 1
 
Clawhammer banjo technique is unlike that of any other instrument or style of playing. Evie gives you the lowdown on the basic technique here, along with advice on taking care of your nails. You’ll learn how to orient yourself by keeping your thumb on the fifth string, then Evie shows you the basic stroke in which you brush down with your fingernails and pluck the fifth string as your hand comes up. You’ll also learn the bum-ditty rhythm and how to keep your handing moving in a regular down-up motion.

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