Genre: Bluegrass Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time Key: C Tuning: Open C (gCGCE) Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by corcoran, updated: 5/28/2023
Notes: Don Stover was one of the first generation bluegrass banjo players, but he started out as and remained an accomplished clawhammer player. He told of first hearing Earl Scruggs on the Opry in December 1945 and resolved to figure out how he played that way. Stover’s 2-finger style did not sound like Scruggs, however, but the light dawned when a traveling salesman told him Earl played 3-finger style using metal finger picks. He was also an excellent singer and song writer, and Things in Life is one of his memorable original songs. Its structure is simple, involving only 2 chords, and its melody and lyrics are haunting. Stover played clawhammer banjo on the song. The tablature is my clawhammer version of the song, inspired by but not a note-for-note copy of Stover’s playing. It is in open C tuning.
Monday, June 12, 2023 @2:33:04 PM
This is great, thank you!
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