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Spring Creek Gals, Part 1

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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Spring Creek Gals  
 
Spring Creek Gals  
 
Spring Creek Gals, Part 1
Spring Creek Gals, Part 1
 
The dance tune “Spring Creek Gals” is another D tune, played in double-C tuning with the capo at the second fret and the fifth string tuned up to A. It’s also a “crooked” tune, which means it doesn’t have the usual number of four or eight beats to a part. Evie starts by showing you the “crooked” A part, which includes a fair amount of syncopation. This melody isn’t as rhythmically regular as many of the tunes you’ve learned, so Evie makes sure you understand the rhythmic phrasing, which really follows the melody. She ends this video by playing through the A part a few times so you can play along with her.

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