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Cindy - Pete Seeger Intro

Genre: Folk  Style: Other  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 7/13/2021
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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.

2 comments

Jack Baker Says:
Thursday, July 22, 2021 @12:54:36 PM
David, thanks for a great tab of Pete's. He had such a way about him...He visited Fretted Instruments years ago the Folklore Center. Pete was so bright and talented...Jack

Jack Baker Says:
Thursday, July 22, 2021 @12:55:23 PM
I do believe you could bump this song up to "intermediate"...Jack

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