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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

2 comments on “Kickin' the Strings”

chip arnold Says:
Thursday, February 15, 2018 @4:25:22 AM

Really nicely played. And yes, it has elements of Coal Creek March. I've never heard Stringbean's version,but I hear Pete Steel in there.

bradbahler Says:
Thursday, February 15, 2018 @9:43:16 AM

Thanks Chip! I do hear similarities to Coal Creek March. One reason I opted to use Jack's original title was to avoid confusion, especially since I play Pete Steele's Coal Creek March as Well

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