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Bent Nails

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Size: 2,891kb, uploaded 7/14/2011 2:29:37 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Just a tune I came up with. Capo on the 2nd fret, gDGDE

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Bonaparte Crossing the Sea of Fertility

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Size: 3,393kb, uploaded 5/22/2011 2:45:47 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

If he can cross the rockies in a fiddle tune, why not the sea of fertility? (I know, authorities differ. . . ) Anyway my attempt at writing something fiddle tune-esque on the banjo. tuning is gCGCD

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Chinquapin Pie

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Size: 3,442kb, uploaded 5/2/2012 5:13:12 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I've never seen a Chinquapin in my life. Probably never will. But this is probably my all-time favourite banjo tune. It's completely hypnotic, and there's something oddly physically satisfying about playing it. Sawmill, capo on the 2nd (but I think my banjo is tuned low)

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Clawhammer Jongara Bushi (Traditional Tsugaru Shamisen Piece)

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Size: 2,336kb, uploaded 9/13/2011 5:37:00 PM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A few years ago I used to take lessons on Tsugaru Shamisen, which is a banjo-like instrument played in the Tsugaru region of Japan. Jongara bushi is the signature 'piece' for the instrument, with each player developing their own interpretation of it/improvisations around it. This is a nearly note for note clawhammerization of a traditional version of Jongara Bushi. Tuning is gCGCC

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Cluck Old Hen

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Size: 3,475kb, uploaded 5/11/2011 3:57:13 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

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Cracked and Blistered

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Size: 5,132kb, uploaded 5/11/2011 3:46:10 AM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

tuned gCGCC, mostly this tune is 7/8, clawhammer with a metal fingerpick. my foot is tapping in 7/4 which makes for the odd syncopation (everything the falls on the beat in the first half of the patttern, falls off the beat in the second) - so oldtime it isn't, i guess, but more hobart smith than king crimson (i hope).

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Davenport

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Size: 2,241kb, uploaded 11/4/2012 10:14:38 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Clawhammer, gDGDE. My take on the Davenport/Last Chance/Rambling Hobo family of tunes. My starting point was Dock Boggs' Davenport. I've drifted pretty far from his version, but I did keep his funky 5/4 low section (or at least the idea of it).

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Fencesitting

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Size: 2,279kb, uploaded 8/22/2011 12:16:43 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Clawhammer aDADE I ended up writing a tune with identity issues. It can't decide if it's major or minor, whether it wants to go Old-timey, Bluesy or Eastern European.

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It fell right out of the nest

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Size: 2,897kb, uploaded 8/13/2011 6:58:34 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

clawhammer, f#DABD (i.e. a little birdie tuning with a capo on the 2nd fret)

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Kicking at the Door

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Size: 2,850kb, uploaded 10/31/2011 1:09:44 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Clawhammer aEADE. Came up with this while experimenting with leaning on the major 3rd a bunch in sawmill. Lots of dissonance from overlapping semitones, which has an interesting texture. Borrowed some ideas from Dink Roberts and Hobart Smith, but it's not trying to be old-time.

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Pits and a Stone

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Size: 2,248kb, uploaded 5/11/2011 4:49:10 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

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Reuben

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Size: 4,115kb, uploaded 9/30/2011 6:09:31 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

clawhammer, tuned eCEGC (i.e. graveyard tuned down a whole step) . . . Deliberately stole bits here and their from versions by Dock Boggs, Elizabeth Cotten, and Emry Arthur, and probably stole accidently from many other sources, but it's basically my Reuben

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Saro Jane

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Size: 2,922kb, uploaded 8/18/2011 11:27:45 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A clawhammer setting of Saro Jane

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Steps for Three and a Half Dancers

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Size: 2,888kb, uploaded 9/14/2011 7:15:15 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Clawhammer in 7/8 time. I wrote this after spending a few weeks in Greece listening to musicians who come by odd meters naturally. When they do 7/8 time, it doesn't sound like 7 beats but rather 4 beats where the 2nd or 4th beat is half the length of the others. I tried to get that feeling here. Tuning is aDADE (capo on the 2nd fret)

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The Mathematician's Drunk and the Fun's All Over

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Size: 3,755kb, uploaded 8/22/2011 11:10:13 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

Clawhammer fCFAC - A tune made up mostly of stringing together a a few riffs and bluesy bits in 7/4 time. I've spent a fair bit of time messing around in 7/4 and it tends to syncopate in pretty much formulaic ways. In this tune I tried to syncopate it in ways that I haven't tried before.

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