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Burden in My Hand

Genre: Rock  Style: Backing Track  Tuning: Open Gm (gDGBbD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by Cowboyavery, updated: 11/17/2017 - 6 Member Comments
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Notes: This is a clawhammer-played backing track for "Burden in My Hand" as performed by Soundgarden. I was interested in learning to play and sing a song that was never meant for banjo in a clawhammer style, and this is what I came up with! It seemed appropriate considering the recent passing of Chris Cornell. Many thanks to whomever published the chord structure on www.songsterr.com. I found this version to be very well done and it gave me a great starting point. I also want to thank Mike Iverson for his excellent website banjoutah.com, where I found the fingerings for the chords in Gm tuning. This is my very first tab of any kind, so comments and critiques are welcome. I invite any interested players to make improvements, add licks and even change styles to Scruggs or other as the notion takes you. I have included chord diagrams to facilitate further creativity.

Going to California

Genre: Rock  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: aDGBD  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by Cowboyavery, updated: 5/21/2018
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Notes: I tabbed this as a hybrid between a melodic, stand-alone arrangement and a backing track for singing along. The melody, though not exactly rhythmically true to the Led Zeppelin original, is pretty apparent throughout the arrangement, with the secondary bridge ("Seems that the wrath of the Gods...") section being the most notable exception. Overall key is D, so I tuned the fifth string to a. It's a little bite-y at the beginning to my ear, but I believe the arrangement as a whole works much better with the a. I hope y'all enjoy it, and constructive criticism and advice is most welcome!

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