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Applejack

Posted by UncleClawhammer, written by Dolly Parton

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Size: 1,985kb, uploaded 4/10/2015 1:42:38 PM
Genre: Country / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Probably the most modern song in my repertoire. My nieces love it. Banjo is in standard C tuning (gCGBD), down to an A chord.

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Baldknob Arkansas

Posted by UncleClawhammer, written by Ira and Charlie Louvin

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Size: 2,102kb, uploaded 4/23/2015 6:03:32 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This song is fairly new to me. From Roy Acuff. On Acuff's original 78 of this it is credited to the Louvin Brothers. He does it at a much slower pace on the record than he later would in live performances.

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Cluck Old Hen

Posted by UncleClawhammer

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Size: 1,408kb, uploaded 9/3/2021 11:54:54 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

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Cluck Old Hen

Clawhammer style, gDGCD (relative). 1964 Gibson RB-175.

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Columbus Stockade Blues

Posted by UncleClawhammer

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Size: 1,555kb, uploaded 4/8/2015 5:00:32 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This style of clawhammer I really only use on stage. Very little melody is played except in the break. I got this song from my dad, who got it from my grandma, who probably got it from the Osborne Brothers.

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Cumberland Gap

Posted by UncleClawhammer

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Size: 1,126kb, uploaded 4/2/2015 6:53:41 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Played clawhammer, fDGCD, tuned down to where it comes out in the key of E.

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Danville Girl (Dock Boggs style)

Posted by UncleClawhammer

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Size: 286kb, uploaded 1/8/2013 8:58:31 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

The first song I ever learned to play in this style. Banjo is tuned f#DGAD. This is part of a whole family of songs that includes Jimmie Rogers' Waiting for a Train.

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Graveyard

Posted by UncleClawhammer, written by Cousin Emmy (attributed)

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Size: 1,559kb, uploaded 4/27/2015 5:04:44 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

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Lost Gander/Wild Goose Chase. A couple of questions.

From Cousin Emmy. Thumb lead, tuning f#DEAD, pitched one half step higher.

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Greenland Whale Fisheries

Posted by UncleClawhammer

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Size: 2,877kb, uploaded 4/18/2015 10:44:18 AM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Up-picking ("Seeger style). This song was recorded by many groups during the Urban Folk Revival. My sources are the Dubliners and the Pogues. Billy Faier does a good version. A couple mistakes in here, as this style is relatively new to me.

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Hallelujah, 'tis Done

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Size: 1,180kb, uploaded 10/8/2021 1:13:09 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

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Two songs from Elizabeth Cotten

An old church song from the playing of Elizabeth Cotten. I try to stay fairly close to her simple up-picking style, though, being left-handed, she did not use the thumb string. I made some noise when turning off the recording.

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Hills of Mexico (fragment)

Posted by UncleClawhammer

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Size: 958kb, uploaded 3/1/2015 8:23:42 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Roscoe Holcomb's version. Two-finger thumb lead. The tuning is fDGCB, but I played this on the long-neck capoed at the first fret, so it's really d#CFA#C.

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Hills of Mexico (full)

Posted by UncleClawhammer

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Size: 2,007kb, uploaded 3/5/2015 4:35:18 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Two finger thumb lead. Roscoe Holcomb's version. fDGCD

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Hot Corn, Cold Corn

Posted by UncleClawhammer

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Size: 833kb, uploaded 10/27/2016 2:47:50 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

... bring along a demijohn.

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I Wish I Was a Single Girl, Again

Posted by UncleClawhammer

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Size: 1,796kb, uploaded 3/10/2015 3:57:18 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Sad song. From Cousin Emmy, Roscoe Holcomb, and Frank Proffitt. G tuning, two-finger thumb lead. Rose Maddox recorded a lighthearted version.

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Lady Margaret

Posted by UncleClawhammer

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Size: 1,939kb, uploaded 4/15/2015 2:45:48 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

From Pete Seeger. More of a fragment than a song. Child Ballad 74. Jean Ritchie sings a more complete version of the story. Sawmill tuning, down from G to F. Two-finger index-lead. Still learning this style.

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Lee Sexton's Shady Grove

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Size: 1,001kb, uploaded 9/15/2021 10:30:55 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

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Lee Sexton's Shady Grove

Two finger thumb lead. Banjo tuned fDGCD.

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Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane

Posted by UncleClawhammer, written by W. S. Hayes

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Size: 358kb, uploaded 1/7/2013 9:46:35 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This song was the first commercial record of the rural folk music that came to be known as hillbilly and, eventually, country music ever made, by Fiddlin' John Carson. Played here on my Gold Tone 250WL-LN. One condenser mic to catch the vocals and the banjo.

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Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane (live)

Posted by UncleClawhammer, written by W.S. Hayes

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Size: 6,737kb, uploaded 9/2/2014 6:35:03 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

An old favorite that I recently played on the radio.

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Milk Cow Blues

Posted by UncleClawhammer

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Size: 1,119kb, uploaded 3/10/2015 3:29:48 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Just foolin' around with some blues on the banjo. It's kinda hard to figure out how to fit the 5th string in. Consider this a work in progress.

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Reuben's Train

Posted by UncleClawhammer

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Size: 1,839kb, uploaded 3/6/2015 9:58:55 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Little mistake towards the end, but oh well.

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Reuben's Train (second take)

Posted by UncleClawhammer

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Size: 1,461kb, uploaded 3/6/2015 11:34:31 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

The mistake in the other one was driving me crazy.

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