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Drop Thumb, 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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DROP-THUMB TECHNIQUE   
 
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Drop Thumb, Part 1
Drop Thumb, Part 1
 
Up until now, your thumb has only been playing the fifth string, but in this lesson you’ll learn the drop thumb technique (also called double thumbing) in which your thumb “drops” down to play other strings, usually the second or third string. Evie demonstrates the basic technique, along with some simple exercises, combining the drop thumb stroke with bum-ditty, and a typical drop thumb ending lick. Evie also shows you how to integrate a drop thumb lick into your version of “Cotton-Eyed Joe.”

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