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Rock And Roll Music and Clawhammer

Posted by janolov on Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I don't use to use the blog, but I have decided to try to make more blogs, and less posting in the Games forum. I use to get some new ideas on banjo now and then, and I will try to write down them.

Last week I saw a movie about The Beatles' time in Germany jsut before they became famous (I have seen it before, but it was still worth to look and listen to). The tune Rock And Roll Music (by Chuck Berry) was heard several times and it really got caught in my head. I heard in my head that it may be played in clawhammer style. Yesterday I started to work on it, and it worked out fine so far. I have made a first tab draft, but I see possible improvements everytime I play it. One problem I have is if it shall sound as a banjo playing Rock and Roll or as Rock and Roll played as an Old-Timey tune.

Some of the phrases actually reminds a little about the Round Peak version of John Henry.

4 comments on “Rock And Roll Music and Clawhammer”

Karen Kruske Says:
Thursday, October 28, 2010 @3:30:45 PM

I'd really like to hear you play it. I'm thinking more R&R songs should be playable in clawhammer style but haven't tried to do it much.

banjotom2 Says:
Saturday, November 6, 2010 @9:09:49 AM

Rock on, Janolov!

I have had MANY request for Beatles and Grateful Dead tunes in the clawhammer style... but as you know... I;m not good enough to do them ....

Keep up the good work!


dannnjo Says:
Friday, June 3, 2011 @7:41:39 PM

chuckberry is one of myidols m he is such an original, in his music, and chose of words ,,syncopation,, and rhyming and rhythym and painting a purfect picture of what he he is singing about and sounding so dynamic at the same time.
please check out the 3 volume set of his video,,, called hail, hail, rock and roll. u wont be sorry..

Don Huber Says:
Friday, March 30, 2012 @1:24:05 AM

I'm amazed by your knowledge. So many people outside of the USA know more about our culture than most U.S. citizens do. Maybe we are an empire in decline.


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