I want to play Go Dig My Grave and House Carpenter as Doc plays them when he backs up Jean Ritchie's singing. I think both are in A modal. Just need a few tabs of his basic driving patterns. Thank you.
One note; at that time in his career, Doc played N.C.-style 2-finger, which sounds like very clean clawhammer. I don’t know how tabs for that style look, but Doc used picks on index and thumb. The packing pattern was up, up, down on fifth.
Not as far as I know’ I attended a workshop with Doc in 1965, where he spent quite a bit of time with the banjo, but didn’t mention either odd tunings or below pitch ones. He used tunings I know of: G, D, double C, G-modal.
Although Clifton plays several styles, I don’t know if he plays that particular two-finger style. Doc never brought his thumb to the inside strings, getting his extra notes with the left hand. Perhaps a clearer illustration can be heard on the original recording of “I’m Going Back to Jericho,” the early Folkways recording. ... Found it:
Since I posted last, I decided to just try and get the sound using a clean clawhammer, like you mentioned before, and it sounds ok. I'm not excited about the learning curve required to get the exact sound of his two finger style. I think he's basically doing his take on Buell Kazee's style, so I get the idea now. Thanks again. P.s. think he might have tuned to f to accommodate Jean's singing range, but once I got the tune in f, I went to g.