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Marcus Martin’s “Cotton-Eyed Joe”

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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Marcus Martin’s “Cotton-Eyed Joe”  
 
Marcus Martin’s “Cotton-Eyed Joe”  
 
Marcus Martin’s “Cotton-Eyed Joe”
Marcus Martin’s “Cotton-Eyed Joe”
 
“Cotton-Eyed Joe” was one of the first tunes you learned in this course, but there are a lot of different versions of this popular tune. This one comes from Marcus Martin. Like most versions of “Cotton-Eyed Joe” it’s in the key of A, played in standard G tuning with the capo on the second fret. Evie walks you through the A and B parts in this video.

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