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Apple Blossom

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by ndlxs, updated: 7/20/2020
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Notes: Updated from my older tab; this is my best guess at how Murphy Gribble played it in his unique 3 finger style.

Ballydesmond Polkas

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: A  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by ndlxs, updated: 10/16/2020
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Notes: Three Irish polkas, from the playing of Tommy Thompson and the Red Clay Ramblers on "Stolen Love".

Banjo Branle

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by ndlxs, updated: 3/25/2022
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Notes: Clawhammer Tune of the Week for March 25, 2022

Billy in the Lowland

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: C  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by ndlxs, updated: 12/3/2021
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Notes: from Lonesome Ace String Band, it is an unusual version of Billy in the Lowland.

Brightest and Best

Genre: Traditional  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Am  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by ndlxs, updated: 12/21/2018
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Notes: Tune is in gDGGD tuning, capo'ed at the second fret.

Cumberland Gap

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Sawmill (gDGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by ndlxs, updated: 2/18/2021
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Notes: This tab is an approximation of the two finger style played by Lee Sexton. The tuning is Cumberland Gap tuning, a variant of Sawmill tuning with the fifth string tuned down: fDGCD or GEADE if a capo is placed at the 2nd fret

Falls of Richmond

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Am  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by ndlxs, updated: 12/21/2018
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Notes: in gDGGD tuning, capo'ed at the second fret. 2nd and 3rd string are the same note.

Flowery Girls

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by ndlxs, updated: 6/28/2019 - 2 Member Comments
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Notes: Based on Rick Good's version of Omer Forester's masterpiece.

Foggy Dew

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Dm  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by ndlxs, updated: 12/1/2015 - 1 Member Comments
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Notes: This song commemorates the Easter Rising of 1916, which ultimately resulted in the Irish Free State. I play on 5 string banjo, clawhammer style, in a aCGCD tuning. The video of me playing this can be heard here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rvcC43XeZg

Miss Ella - Nelly Bly

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by ndlxs, updated: 10/15/2021
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Notes: Stephen Foster melody of his song Nelly Bly, also used for gold miner song Miss Ella. See clawhammer tune of the week October 15, 2021.

Molly Kiss Your Darling

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: A  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by ndlxs, updated: 4/23/2020
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Notes: From "Dear Old Illinois - Traditional Music from Downstate Illinois", page 295, as collected by Garry Harrison from Cliff Pulliam of Latona, Illinois.

Music for a New-Found Harmonium

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by ndlxs, updated: 5/31/2019
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Notes: Clawhammer version!

Rattlesnake and the Texas Pony

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: A  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by ndlxs, updated: 5/27/2021
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Notes: From a recording by Green Berry Horton on the LP set "I'm Old But I'm Awfully Tough". Google the title to hear the source recording and my improv on this tune.

Reuben's Train

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: aDGBD  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by ndlxs, updated: 8/16/2018
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Notes: Arranged by Andrew Alexis; first part is traditional, the second part I wrote.

Shady Grove

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Sawmill (gDGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by ndlxs, updated: 2/18/2021
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Notes: This tab is an approximation of the two finger style played by Lee Sexton. Despite what the library says, the tuning is Cumberland Gap tuning: fDGCD, or GEADE if the capo is placed at the 2nd fret and the fifth string is raised.

Squirrel Heads and Gravy

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by ndlxs, updated: 1/4/2020
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Notes: Arrangement by Andrew Alexis

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