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Basic Clawhammer Technique, Part 2: Single Strings

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  
 
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Basic Clawhammer Technique, Part 2: Single Strings
Basic Clawhammer Technique, Part 2: Single Strings
 
After you learn the basic clawhammer motion you can start to focus your downstrokes on single strings using one finger. Evie explains why she prefers using her index finger to strike single strings and shows you how to hit just one string at a time with your downstrokes and alternate it with your thumb stroke. You’ll start by playing the first string, then the second, third, and fourth strings. You’ll also learn to combine single-string downstrokes with strums, so your bum-ditty becomes “string, strum, thumb,” and you’ll learn some exercises that put the “bum” on different strings. Evie plays all these examples at a relaxed tempo so you can play along with her, and gives you advice on practicing by yourself.

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