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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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The old-time fiddle tune “Jeff Sturgeon” comes from fiddler John Morgan Salyer. You can hear him play it at Slippery Hill. “Jeff Sturgeon” has three parts, of varying lengths, and is in the key of A, played on the banjo in G tuning, with a capo on the second fret and the fifth string tuned to A. Evie walks you through all three parts, phrase by phrase, showing you a few ways you can vary the melody as she goes.

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