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Say Darlin’ Say, Part 1: Double-C Tuning

This lesson is part of the course Clawhammer Banjo with Evie Ladin.
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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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Say Darlin’ Say, Part 1: Double-C Tuning
Say Darlin’ Say, Part 1: Double-C Tuning
 
So far, you’ve learned tunes in G tuning and G modal tuning. In this lesson you’ll learn to play the old-time favorite “Say Darlin’ Say” in a new tuning: double-C tuning. Evie starts by showing you how to get into double-C tuning. From G tuning you’ll lower the D (fourth) string a whole step to C, and raise your B (second string) a half step to C. She also shows you how to play the 1, 4, and 5 chords in double-C tuning (C, F, and G), and plays a simple bum-ditty pattern with these chords so you can get used to fingering them. Then you’ll learn the major scale in this tuning: C major.

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