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June Apple

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Size: 2,359kb, uploaded 6/17/2016 9:43:31 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I originally learned this from Wade Ward's version on County 701 "Clawhammer Banjo," incorrectly by pulling off notes on the 2nd string. Eventually I learned how to play it like Wade, but I returned to playing it the way I first played it, because the pull-offs seemed to fit well with my two-finger style

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Kickin' the Strings

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Size: 3,215kb, uploaded 4/7/2017 10:11:11 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Two-finger picking, adapted from Jack Childress clawhammer version, using both index and thumb lead. The G part is played with index lead, and the C and D barre parts are played with thumb lead, which I added to fit my style of playing. The various patterns for the G part are as follows: The first Section is I-IT, like a simple clawhammer pattern but with all up-strokes, a pattern which Doc Watson used. The second section (0:52 ) adds a drop-thumb with a pattern of 1325. The third section (1:34 ) does not have the drop-thumb on the G part, but adds “kicking” or pull-offs to each first note of the pattern. The fourth section ( 2:12 ) is like the first on the right hand, except the second index note is brushed down, and the left hand pulls off, "kickin' the strings" as in the third variation. The C and D parts here use downstrokes, and this variation is very close to the way Jack played it. I use Jack’s tuning of GGGBD (low octave G on String 4). Someone told him this tune was the same as Strinbean’s Cold Creek March (different than Pete Steele “Coal” Creek March) so he changed the name. However, I kept the original name which he learned in Virginia, as I think it is a separate tune. I have also heard fragments of this in other songs. Jack used to play this song in contests in Indiana and Virginia

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Shortenin' Bread

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Size: 2,397kb, uploaded 3/30/2017 5:53:46 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Two-Finger Picking; Several varitations , including some tune variants, one of which I learned from Jack Childress, my Old-Time banjo mentor many years ago, and another which I learned as a child. The first four verse/choruses are Index finger lead, followed by a version (based on Jack's playing) which uses a downward brush on beats two and four, simulating the clawhammer version which Jack played. The remaining three verse/choruses, starting with the up-the-neck part, use a thumb lead. At times these may sound a bit like three-finger bluegrass picking, but they are in fact two-finger, with a "stuttering" effect achieved by alternating lead fingers every three notes. The pattern remains the same (TITI) but a melody note is played every third note

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The Lily of the Valley

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Size: 2,336kb, uploaded 6/10/2016 8:50:18 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Two-Finger Banjo picking with Thumb and Index Lead. The Melody is the same as "Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane"

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Walking in the Parlor

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Size: 1,691kb, uploaded 7/5/2016 10:17:54 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Two-finger, index lead and then thumb lead. I learned this from clawhammer banjo player Jack Childress. I used to be in a band with Jack, who was born in Pike County, KY and lived in Virginia before moving to Indiana. Although I am not playing clawhammer, for parts of the song I am adding a brush to my two-finger picking, so it sounds close (though not exactly the same) to the way Jack played it

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Wayfaring Stranger

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Size: 2,394kb, uploaded 7/19/2016 8:22:03 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Two-finger picking, with vocal. I am playing a very old old Kay open back, rather than my Gibson, and it is tuned to F modal, a step lower than G modal

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