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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/

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