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Making the Leap

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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Making the Leap  
 
Making the Leap  
 
Making the Leap
Making the Leap
 
In this next series of lessons, Evie shows you how to “make the leap” to being a more flexible banjo player who can adjust to playing different versions of a tune at old-time jam sessions and even play songs that you’ve never heard before. You’ll learn a few different versions of some common tunes, which will help you get used to recognizing subtle differences between versions, different chord changes, which part gets played first, etc. In this introductory video, Evie gives you ideas about how to listen to tunes and recommends checking out the original versions of the tunes you’re learning as well as other versions. Two great resources for this are the Slippery Hill website, which includes thousands of great recordings, particularly source recordings for the Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes, and the Field Recorders Collective, which has a BandCamp page where you can hear and download recordings of many great old-time musicians and bands.

 
 
 
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