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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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Shady Grove
 
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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Syncopation
Syncopation
 
In this lesson, Evie goes through some of the ways you can add syncopation to the bum-ditty rhythm, including I-skips, percussive strums, etc. She gives you some good ideas for practicing I-skips, leaving out the down beat and emphasizing the thumb notes, both when played on the fifth string and when played as drop thumb notes.

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