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28th of January

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: A  Tuning: Sawmill (gDGCD)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by carlb, updated: 2/16/2012 - 1 Member Comments
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Notes: Capo 2 to sound aEADE. Unusual fingering of the 5th string at the 7th fret to play one phrase.

Af Shabes in Vilna

Genre: Other  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: C  Tuning: Open C (gCGCE)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by carlb, updated: 5/11/2013
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Notes: A Klezmer tune.

Black Cat in the Briar Patch BNL

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by carlb, updated: 10/8/2015
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Notes: Tuning gEADE I have made a minor change in the way I play the tune, since my 1978 tab was published. I now play the first two notes as a drop thumb, index on open 1st string, to thumb while fingering the 4th fret on the 2nd string. This change is also at the end of the 4th measure where the phrase repeats. I hope you all will not have trouble with the old Banjo Newsletter tab form in which the numbers appear in the spaces. In my tab, I've corrected the incorrect tuning, in that it was printed backwards in the Banjo Newsletter in 6/78.

Black Cat in the Briar Patch notation

Genre: Old Time  Style: Unknown/None Chosen  Key: G  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by carlb, updated: 10/8/2015
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Notes: This transcription is from Drew Beisswenger's Ph.D. thesis on Melvin Wine. The title and reference are in the title of this pdf file.

Blackberry Blossom

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by carlb, updated: 6/11/2013
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Notes: Tuning gDGDE

Breaking Up Christmas

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: A  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by carlb, updated: 5/11/2013
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Notes: Tuning - aEAC#E

Bull at the Wagon

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: A  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by carlb, updated: 5/11/2013
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Notes: Tuning - aEAC#E

Camptown Races

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: A  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by carlb, updated: 6/4/2013
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Notes: Capo 2. The Stephen Foster song.

Chicken Polka

Genre: Old Time  Style: Unknown/None Chosen  Key: D  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by carlb, updated: 3/2/2014
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Notes: This is musical notation and not tablature.

Cumberland Gap

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by carlb, updated: 9/24/2012
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Notes: These three tabs are in different keys and different tunings.

Diamond Joe

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by carlb, updated: 6/4/2013
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Notes: capo 2

Guitar Player's Easy Path to Clawhammer

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by carlb, updated: 10/14/2014
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Notes: An article in the Banjo Newsletter in December, 1980. Two tabs, Pastures of Plenty and Darling Nelllie Grey. Article contains suggestions on playing with the banjo tuned, in a relative manner, to the top four strings of a guitar or the bottom four strings (Kyle Creed's tuning for Cumberland Gap). 5th string can be tuned to play in most any key. Chord positions are like guitar chords. Additional words for Darling Nelly Gray (corrected spelling) - B.R. Hanby What I published in the Banjo Newsletter only shows verses 1, 2, and 5 and the two choruses. 3. One night I went to see her but "she's gone" the neighbors say, The white man bound her with his chain, They have taken her to Georgia to wear her life away, As she toils in the cotton and the cane. 4. My canoe is under water and my banjo is unstrung I'm tired of living anymore; My eyes shall look downward and my songs shall be unsung While I stay on the old Kentucky shore. Two copies of the sheet music are available from the Library of Congress (Historic American Sheet Music; links are to Duke University Libraries, Digital Collections) http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/hasm_a3400/ http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/hasm_conf0019/

Ida Red in D

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by carlb, updated: 11/16/2012
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Notes: The tuning choices don't give the actual tuning which is aDAde.

Monkey in a Dog Cart plus 2 more

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by carlb, updated: 5/7/2016
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Notes: Three tunes in different tunings published in the Banjo Newsletter in October, 1978. Monkey in a Dog Cart - gCGce Spotted Pony - aDAde Liberty Off the Corn Licker Still - gDGde

Quince Dillon's High D Tune

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by carlb, updated: 5/11/2013
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Notes: Tuning - aDADE; source - Armin Barnett via Alan Jabbour from Henry Reed

Rye Straw (from Melvin Wine)

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by carlb, updated: 5/11/2013
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Notes: Tuining - aDADE. This version could be played for a dance as it's regular.

Seneca Square Dance

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by carlb, updated: 6/4/2013
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Notes: Tuning - gDGDE

Seneca Square Dance

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by carlb, updated: 4/19/2016
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Notes: Tuning: gDGDE (it's not in Eric's list) Wrote this tab about 30 years ago, but should help with the sound file I uploaded a short time ago, not that it's exactly as I played it in 2000, but it should be close.

Stony Point

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by carlb, updated: 5/11/2013
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Notes: Tuning - gDGDE (Old G)

Sullivan's Hollow

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by carlb, updated: 6/5/2012
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Notes: Tuning: aDAde A tab I wrote in about 1980 and never published (in the old style of the Banjo Newletter tabs). Give it a try.

Twin Sisters from Melvin Wine

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by carlb, updated: 5/2/2015
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Notes: Tuning - aDAde This tab was published in the Banjo NewsLetter in February, 1984.

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