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American Refugee

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Gm  Tuning: Sawmill (gDGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 4/1/2022 - 3 Member Comments
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Notes: "American Refugee" is an instrumental by The Lonesome Ace Stringband featuring Chris Coole. It is based on this version on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08uPOE3D7IU. "American Refugee" is the first tune in the medley.

Annie's Song

Genre: Folk  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 9/17/2021
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Notes: This John Denver song is in the key of D using double-C tuning with the capo at the 2nd fret for aDADE. It's 3/4 time/

Banks of the Ohio

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 4/11/2022
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Notes: Here's some basic clawhammer tab for this classic murder ballad.

Barbara's Tune

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: C  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 9/20/2022 - 1 Member Comments
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Notes: "Barbara's Tune" was written by Reed Martin for his wife. This version is based on the playing of Russ Carson (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARZw7MTld7k ).

Beyond This Wall

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Em  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 10/10/2020
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Notes: "Beyond This Wall" is on Jake Blount's CD, "Spider Tales." Tuning is gEADE. This tune was written by fiddler Judy Hyman who shared it with Jake. Video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Aa0Ri-lojU

Blue River Waltz - Steve Martin

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Sawmill (gDGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 8/10/2021 - 1 Member Comments
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Notes: This tab is from Steve Martin's "Crow" CD (and not to be confused with the tune written by Jay Unger). Martin plays this 3-finger style, but the request was for clawhammer. Sawmill tuning is used rather than double-C (with capo at 2nd fret) to get the low note at the end of Part A. Part C is like a long bridge that may be played or not. The tab is based on this YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkODMBIgWr0

Bonaparte's Retreat - Melvin Wine's version

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: A  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 10/4/2014
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Notes: This unusual version of "Bonaparte's Retreat" comes from Melvin Wine. Unlike other versions, it is in 6/8 time as a jig. Also has an unusual variant of G tuning (gBGBD) capoed at 2nd fret for the key of A (aC#AC#E). Melvin's father wouldn't let him touch his fiddle, but Melvin would play it while his father was away from the house. This is the first tune Melvin played for his father and that convinced him to let young Melvin continue to play his fiddle. Thanks to Carl Baron for clearing up many things about this arrangement. You can Melvin play this tune at Slippery Hill or Bearea archives.

Cindy

Genre: Folk  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 7/13/2021 - 1 Member Comments
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Notes: This tab uses the fragment of clawhammer tab for "Cindy" in Pete Seeger's "How to Play the Five-String Banjo" book (p. 38) and provides tab for the rest of the verse and chorus.

Cindy - Pete Seeger Intro

Genre: Folk  Style: Other  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 7/13/2021 - 2 Member Comments
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Notes: This tab describes the banjo introduction to "Cindy" from a clip from Pete Seeger's "Rainbow Quest" program (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vhTWMOebv8 ). Pete fingerpicks the intro and then plays clawhammer backup behind the singing with Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry. The folk picking pattern is: 1 2-and 3-and 4. Each measures start with a pinch (thumb and finger). Then thumb generally alternates between the 5th string and the 3rd string on the beat like the thumb bass on guitar. The 2nd and 3rd beats are made up of the thumb followed by a finger pick as eighth notes. The 4th beat is usually a single note played by the thumb.

Coleman's March

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: C  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 2/7/2010
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Notes: This is tab written by Tom Berghan based on the ABC version of Coleman's March by John Lamancusa on the Fiddler's Companion web site.

Coleman's March - Anthony

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: C  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 2/7/2010
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Notes: This is tab of Coleman's March by Tom Berghan based on the ABC notation by Michael Anthony on the Fiddler's Companion web site.

Copper Kettle - Banjo Backup

Genre: Folk  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 8/31/2022 - 1 Member Comments
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Notes: This clawhammer tab is loosely based on the folk version by Joan Baez, though the key and the rhythm have been made simpler. Joan may play this in the key of D#. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glMQXjy46J8

Cruel Cruel World

Genre: Folk  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 12/27/2020 - 1 Member Comments
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Notes: This tab is based on Rhiannon Giddens version where she plays a minstrel banjo in low D tuning (dADF#A). This tuning has the same intervals as open G tuning (gDGBD), so the tab will work for that tuning also. The tab is based on this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moGDevGfmp0

Deer River

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: F  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 3/28/2022
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Notes: This an update to a tab I posted several years ago. "Deer River" is a clawhammer tune written by Chris Coole, the fine Canadian banjo player. Chris plays this in the key of F - fDGCD (or Sawmill tuning with the 5th string dropped to F from G). This tab adds a Part C that Chris plays at the end of the tune. The tab is based on this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJCjkkK23Vk

Deportee

Genre: Folk  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 7/24/2021 - 1 Member Comments
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Notes: Some basic tab for Woody Guthrie's "Deportee." 3/4 time.

Doug's Tune

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 4/8/2021
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Notes: "Doug's Tune" was written and played by Doug Dillard and the Dillards. This clawhammer version of "Doug's Tune" is based on the 2010 YouTube video by oldthyme dragon (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMNYU-8aZdU ). It is really more of a ragtime tune than bluegrass. The syncopation in Part A requires either an upward brush stroke or a drop thumb to the 1st string. I chose the latter.

Foggy Mountain Breakdown

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 1/22/2021
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General Lee

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 9/6/2022
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Notes: This tab is based on the playing of Jim Taylor on his CD "Bright Sunny South." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZ7Bt7V36lk

Gentle on My Mind

Genre: Popular  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 10/4/2021
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Notes: This arrangement of the classic song by John Hartford is based on a video by Mike Iverson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OF7ZecJyvic. (Cut and paste the link into a browser.) Mike plays the song in B (capo 4), but this tab is in open G. This tab uses a lot of syncopation via m-skips (or ghost strokes followed by drop thumb). Mike is a talented and generous performer and teacher who offers lessons and workshops in Utah and online: www.banjoutah.com.

Goodbye Honey You Call That Gone

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Open D (f#DF#Ad)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 10/10/2020
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Notes: "Goodbye Honey You Call That Gone" is on Jake Blount's CD, "Spider Tales." Played on a fretless banjo, the tuning is dBbDFBb. Open D (f#DF#AD) tuning also works for this tune. Video is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0b9Av19klA

Gospel Plow

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Dm  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 6/26/2021
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Notes: This tab is based on Chance McCoy's version, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4KJ4lSq8XA . Double-C tuning capoed at the 2nd fret for Dm.

Hard Times Come Again No More - Basic

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: C  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 7/7/2022
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Notes: This tab is taken from my Kindle ebook, "Stephen Foster: Beginner and Intermediate Clawhammer Banjo Tabs." These tabs are based on piano sheet music from the 1800s and the ebook includes tabs for 12 tunes. Ten tunes have basic and intermediate arrangements.

Hard Times Come Again No More - Intermediate

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: C  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 7/7/2022 - 1 Member Comments
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Notes: This tab is taken from my Kindle ebook, "Stephen Foster: Beginner and Intermediate Clawhammer Banjo Tabs." These tabs are based on piano sheet music from the 1800s and the ebook includes tabs for 12 tunes. Ten tunes have basic and intermediate arrangements.

Homeward Bound - from Tom Sullivan

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Gm  Tuning: Sawmill (gDGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 2/18/2022
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Notes: Thos tab is based on a recording by Tom Sullivan - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RMBKSJFc6Q . He plays it in the key of G# modal.

Jeb's Tune

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 8/29/2021
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Notes: "Jeb's Tune" is a jam tune played in wildly different ways in various YouTube videos. I based this tab mostly on this Clifftop Jam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cb-INxR7X5c&t=144s . There appear to me to be 4 parts, mostly, though the order of appearance changes during this lengthy jam. Everyone is following the fiddlers' lead. I have included chords for guitar, but they are fairly freeform as well. Don't expect precision in this tab. Just have a good time with it.

Jim Jones at Botany Bay

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Unknown/None Chosen  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 6/13/2021
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Notes: This tab is based on a cover of the tune available on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61Srz2xILXQ ). The banjo in the video is in standard G tuning tuned down to open D (dADF#A). This tab and MP3 are in standarg G tuning for ease of learning. The song is in 6/8 time with quarter notes followed by an eighth note or a rhythm of dah-dit dah-dit. The picking style is two-finger.

Johnson Boys - David Lindley

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: C#/Dbm  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 6/7/2022 - 3 Member Comments
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Notes: This tab is generally based on the version by David Lindley (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASyAUgVsRZE ). Lindley plays a wildly varying version with a slow preamble, an upbeat intro, and then 3 parts that he varies in terms of repeats, volume, strumming style, etc. This tab provides a basic version of the upbeat intro and Parts A, B and C. Assemble them in a way that pleases you. The key is C# - gCGCD capoed at the 1st fret.

Lights in the Valley

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 5/4/2022
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Notes: This tab is based on the playing of Joe and Odell Thompson - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyO24hRGv1Q

Long John Dean - Willie Watson

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: E  Tuning: Drop C (gCGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 6/20/2021
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Notes: This tab is based on a version by Willie Watson. He plays Drop C tuning (gCGBD) capoed at the 4th fret for the key of E. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxTxPUHeF0Q

Lost Lulu

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Tuning: Sawmill (gDGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 3/18/2021
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Notes: The tab is based on Jason Romero's playing in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQLVx7pbZgc The tuning is fDGCD (this tuning is unavailable in the drop-down menu on the Tab archive) - Sawmill tuning with the 5th string dropped to F.

My Roots Go Down

Genre: Folk  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 7/27/2022
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Notes: A song by Sarah Pirtle popular in a group singing setting. To tab the tune in the key of G, I based the tab on this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rtshm3GDShM. This is a guitar tutorial but it's easy to follow on banjo. The chords above the tab lines are for guitar or for banjo backup if you don't want to play the melody.

On the Banks of the Promised Land

Genre: Other  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 5/28/2021
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Notes: I tabbed this Gospel tune for a student based on a video of Karen Peck and New River: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYQ1wVkwhsI

Osage Catnap

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: C  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 8/3/2014
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Notes: Tab for Robert Palomo's original tune as requested by several on the Hangout. Here are 2 videos from Robert: http://youtu.be/k8ksya0uahQ and http://youtu.be/oGxcS1iyAJ4

Outer Wilds

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: A  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 7/28/2020 - 1 Member Comments
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Notes: To match the key of the original, use a capo at the 2nd fret with open-G tuning (gDGBD).

Overland

Genre: Folk  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 3/20/2021
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Notes: This tab is based on the version by I'm With Her (Sarah Jarosz, Sara Watkins, Aoife O'Donovan). Key is D and tab uses double-C tuning (gCGCD) raised to the 2nd fret. Video available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2GA23zORUI

Poplar Bluff

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 8/4/2021
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Notes: This tab is based on Adam Hurt's version of "Poplar Bluff" on his Insight CD. "Poplar Bluff" is a wickedly odd tune from Ed Haley. Everyone seems to have their own version. I guess this is mine, based on what I hear in Adam Hurt's wonderful version.

Säkkijärven Polkka

Genre: Unknown/None Chosen  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Em  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 5/28/2022
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Notes: Cathy Moore's web site, Banjo Meets World, offered tunes from other cultures done clawhammer style. "Säkkijärven Polkka" from Sweden has four parts and offers lots of left-hand work (pull-offs and hammer-ons) as well as drop thumb. This tune uses the tuning gEGBE, though she tunes to gDFAD and adds the capo to the 2nd fret while leaving the 5th string unchanged. Her web site is no longer updated, but you can view the videos and tips here: https://banjomeetsworld.wordpress.com/ She also provided useful tips for adding drive and syncopation to traditional old-time tunes.

Shady Grove - Two Basic Versions

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Gm  Tuning: Sawmill (gDGCD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 8/5/2021
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Notes: Two basic versions of "Shady Grove" - one with basic melody and one that adds a few hammer-ons and pull-offs.

Soldier's Joy - a la Glenn Carson

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: C  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 7/3/2022
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Notes: This tab is in response to a request for tab of Glenn Carson's version in his duet with his son, Russ., on Russ's YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PlLSt_yMe4&t=79s ). This represents what I hear in Glenn's first break. It may not look at all familiar to Glenn since it's more of a skeleton than a full representation of what Glenn is playing.

Stumptown Stump

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 5/9/2021
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Notes: This tab is based on the video by Banjojukebox - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHaC4p1unuc

The International Appalachian Trail

Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Em  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 12/25/2020
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Notes: This tab is based on the tune by Genticorum: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/genticorum/videos/3758861434181084/ YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOzNMbe3ni0 Key of Em, though with double D tuning.

Tonopah Waltz

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: C  Tuning: Sawmill (gDGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 7/25/2021 - 1 Member Comments
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Notes: This tab is based on Sharon Martinson's video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=338vvwkCbc0&list=RD338vvwkCbc0&index=2. The key is C, but she uses sawmill tuning (gDGCD) for the tune, as she mentions in the introduction. Sharon uses quite a few downstrokes where the finger strikes first one string then the next. I have used mostly open-string pull-offs (ASPO) for these situations. She also uses syncopation often with a "ghost" downstroke followed by the thumb striking a string on the second half of the beat. I tried to capture some, but not all, of these. This tab represents what I hear in the tune and how I might choose to play it. The chords in the tab are for any guitar accompaniment. The banjo plays partial chords or no chords, in some situations.

Turnip Greens

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: C  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 12/2/2014
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Notes: Melodic clawhammer version of this old song. Tabbed for OzarkBanjoMan who remembered the tune his grandfather played. He also has a great old photo of his grandfather playing into a recording device with a megaphone-type speaker. This tab is loosely based on a YouTube video by the Empty Bottle String Band. I have also uploaded tab for banjo backup with lyrics.

Turnip Greens - lyrics and backup

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: C  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 12/2/2014
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Notes: Tab for clawhammer backup with lyrics for this old song. Tabbed for OzarkBanjoMan who remembered the tune his grandfather played. He also has a great old photo of his grandfather playing into a recording device with a megaphone-type speaker. This tab is loosely based on a YouTube video by the Empty Bottle String Band. I have also uploaded tab for a melodic clawhammer version.

Walk On Boy

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: B  Tuning: Sawmill (gDGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 12/31/2021
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Notes: Clawhammer tab for "Walk On Boy," as played by Doc Watson with his grandson Richard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1xnrHMDCFY. This tab provides melody and melodic backup in sawmill tuning but few chords. Doc plays in it Bm. Capo to suit your voice.

Wayfaring Stranger

Genre: Traditional  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Gm  Tuning: Sawmill (gDGCD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 7/21/2021
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Notes: Beginner clawhammer tab for "Wayfaring Stranger."

What Did You Learn in School Today

Genre: Folk  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 8/3/2021
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Notes: This tab is based on the folk song as sung by Tom Paxton.

When the Roses Bloom Again

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 2/4/2022 - 1 Member Comments
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Notes: This tab is based on the video featuring Ricky Skaggs, Barry Gibb and others: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YMKj9PqAnM

Who'll Rock the Cradle - from John McCutcheon

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 8/1/2021
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Notes: The tab is for the banjo intro and breaks to John McCutcheon's "Who'll Rock the Cradle." The chords shown are for guitar accompaniment and are not played by the banjo, in most cases. The tab is based on this version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55GEBpqpAqk

Wildflowers - Dolly Parton

Genre: Country  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 10/1/2021
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Notes: This tab is based on this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NX9UuRyt0E . (You need to copy the link to a browser since it is not an active link.) Dolly sings it in the key of Bb in the video, but the tab is in G.

Wildflowers - Wailin' Jennys

Genre: Popular  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: B  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 5/27/2021
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Notes: This clawhammer tab is based on the cover of the Tom Petty song, "Wildflowers," by the Wailin' Jennys. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XhVILjWkNg )The level is beginner/intermediate. They play the tune in the key of B, using open-G tuning (gDGBD) capoed to the 4th fret. I indicate the chord shapes for G tuning. The actual chords for G, C and D7 capoed would be B, E and F#7. This tab is based on the banjo introduction and can be used to back up the vocal, though strumming chords works as well. The mid-song instrumental breaks follow a different pattern.

Wildwood Flower

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: C  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 8/2/2020
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