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Charlie Poole

Posted by majikgator on Friday, October 31, 2008

i pretty much stick with clawhammer, but i am interested in Charlie Pooles style of playin as well, i used to play i think "something" like that is there any tab out there that could help me learn a tune or two in his style--thanks-- jim k

3 comments on “Charlie Poole”

Bisbonian Says:
Saturday, August 13, 2011 @8:01:05 AM

I read an interesting article about it recently; I'll have to see if I can figure out where it was. But what I remember is that he almost always played in "Standard C", or whatever you want to call it; gCGBD. Lots of moveable chord shapes, some simple patterns (rolls, if you will), and a few little licks he threw in all the time, with pinches. He's a big hereo of mine, and one of these days I am going to make an effort to learn his style.

Pete Seeger's banjo book has a ton of chord shapes for that tuning, going well up the neck, that might be helpful. And Kinney Rorrer (who I believe is Poole's grand-nephew, and grandson of his fiddler, Posey Rorrer) plays one of Poole's old banjos, in Poole's style...watching him might be helpful, too:

majikgator Says:
Saturday, August 13, 2011 @8:44:41 AM

Actually a fiddle guitar virtuoso pal of mine just sent me that video and i had gotten that far, like you clawhammer keeps me so usy i hardly have time for these other styles and based on how bad my CH playing still is maybe i should up pick more just to save the world from more bad CH playing(i'm always hard on myself). Paul Brown is my current hero, Mike Seeger having passed ocer.

Mulehead Boy Says:
Saturday, July 28, 2012 @7:30:12 PM

Hello Jim,
I play a nice sounding version of Charlie Poole's Milwaukee Blues in clawhammer style. I basically follow the melody closely with down picking and sing the lyrics. I would be happy to share it with you.


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