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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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Cindy Gal
 
“Cindy Gal” comes from Joe and Odell Thompson of western North Carolina. Joe Thompson and family were the primary teachers and inspiration for the Carolina Chocolate Drops, who have carried their repertoire forward. You can hear Joe and Odell’s music on Old-Time Music from the North Carolina Piedmont as well as Joe’s Rounder recording Family Tradition. Odell plays in a driving strumming style that doesn’t exactly follow the melody, but brings harmonies and backup rhythm into the music. His strumming style is perfect for dancing, which was often the milieu for the development of the music. You can see Joe and Odell play “Cindy Gal” in this video clip. Evie shows you a melodic version of “Cindy Gal” that is based on Joe’s fiddling playing, as well as a more rhythmic accompaniment part based on Odell’s banjo playing.

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