For Sale: "Scratching the Surface" Clawhammer tune book.
Tunes from Kentucky and West Virginia. CD included
United States, Adamant, VT, 05640
There has always been something about tunes from West Virginia and Kentucky that have drawn me to them. Maybe itís the melody lines, or the crookedness of so many of them that appeals to me. Whatever it is, it has the same effect as when I hear a gaggle of Highland Pipers marching and playing in unison. It might be my heritage that makes the connection between the old world and new.
This book is just a taste of the many, many tunes from that area. Almost all of them were transcribed from Fiddle tunes, since I learned most of them either directly or indirectly from Fiddlers. I have tried to write out a Banjo version that is pretty close to note for note, with a few exceptions, what the Fiddle is playing. Because of that, there are some interesting syncopations that, for the most part, I was able to transfer to the Banjo. I have tried to give suggestions for fingerings for both hands, but these are only suggestions and you may find better ways on your own.
Keep in mind too that every one of these tunes probably has scads of versions, so donít limit yourself; give them all a try. There is a lot of information about many of the musicians cited in this book and I urge you to explore the web, and other sources, to find out more about them. Knowing where the music comes from is key in my mind to getting the right feeling in your playing.
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