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I Love My Honey, Part 1: Accompaniment

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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I Love My Honey  
 
I Love My Honey  
 
I Love My Honey, Part 1: Accompaniment
I Love My Honey, Part 1: Accompaniment
 
The song “I Love My Honey” comes from a recording of Kentucky fiddler Santford Kelly, who sang it while strumming his fiddle. Evie’s version for clawhammer banjo is in C major tuning, which is slightly different than double C tuning, with the first string tuned up to E from D. Evie starts by showing you the IV and V chords in C major tuning and the C major scale notes on the first string. Then she shows you how her style of playing on “I Love My Honey” doesn’t emphasize single notes so much, as in the fiddle tunes you’ve been learning, but primarily sticks to a steady fast bum-ditty rhythm with her thumb hitting the banjo head on the downbeats. Then she walks you through the chord structure of the song, and shows you some of the embellishments she adds behind her singing.

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