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Soldier’s Joy - Clawhammer Banjo Lesson

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Mar 26, 2020 - 4:00:27 PM
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Hunter Robertson

Switzerland

896 posts since 5/19/2006

I’ve been thinking of a follow up to my banjo instructional DVD for a while now and with all this enforced time at home I finally got around to the first lesson, Hobart Smith’s Soldier’s Joy. With so many people stuck at home, I've decided to put it out for free. Enjoy!

Hunter


Mar 26, 2020 - 5:56:10 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

23755 posts since 6/25/2005

Great stuff, Hunter, and most generous. Maybe you’ll inspire some folks to see the benefits of C tuning, and add it along with double-C. ... I see you’ve moved on from the Harmony, out of which you got more great sound than I ever imagined possible. Best wishes in these hard, weird times.

Mar 27, 2020 - 1:16:08 AM

Hunter Robertson

Switzerland

896 posts since 5/19/2006

Hi Bill, thanks. It's the perfect tuning for the right tune! As I recall you, you use it quite a bit?

This is the banjo I learned on! A Gibson pot with a neck my father made. I still play the Harmony a lot but this one seemed to work better here.

Best wishes to you too!

Mar 28, 2020 - 12:16:58 AM
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olbap

France

476 posts since 11/24/2007

Merci beaucoup Hunter.

Mar 28, 2020 - 12:26:31 AM
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janolov

Sweden

40548 posts since 3/7/2006
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Thanks Hunter.

Here the original version by Hobart Smith: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ABGEBLluHk

It is interesting that he uses standard C tuning. He seemed to use it also on Arkansaw Traveler (tabbed in Art Rosenbaum's first book).

Mar 28, 2020 - 1:58:03 AM
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Hunter Robertson

Switzerland

896 posts since 5/19/2006

Yeah, standard C used to be much more common than it is now.

There are a few more recordings of Hobart playing it linked in my video description. The variations I go over are from the In Sacred Trust and Friends of Old Time Music recordings.

Hunter

Mar 28, 2020 - 2:00:51 AM

Hunter Robertson

Switzerland

896 posts since 5/19/2006

quote:
Originally posted by olbap

Merci beaucoup Hunter.


Avec plaisir Pablo!

Mar 28, 2020 - 6:36:02 AM

5383 posts since 12/20/2005

I'm giving this a go this morning. I've watched the video. Now I'm working on the lesson.

I am in in total agreement regarding Open C tuning. It is provides so much versatility.

Mar 28, 2020 - 8:00:38 AM

Hunter Robertson

Switzerland

896 posts since 5/19/2006

quote:
Originally posted by Leslie R

I'm giving this a go this morning. I've watched the video. Now I'm working on the lesson.

I am in in total agreement regarding Open C tuning. It is provides so much versatility.


Cool Leslie! Let me know how it goes, and PM me if you have any questions.

Apr 7, 2020 - 7:56:55 AM

1359 posts since 11/18/2011

Thanks, Hunter! Bought your DVD when I first started getting into clawhammer, opened my mind to all the possibilities of it.

Really good call to explore old-time banjo outside of Round Peak style - Hobart Smith's style was mind-bending and I don't hear enough folks playing it.

Edited by - Zischkale on 04/07/2020 07:57:26

Apr 7, 2020 - 1:33:05 PM

Hunter Robertson

Switzerland

896 posts since 5/19/2006

quote:
Originally posted by Zischkale

Thanks, Hunter! Bought your DVD when I first started getting into clawhammer, opened my mind to all the possibilities of it.

Really good call to explore old-time banjo outside of Round Peak style - Hobart Smith's style was mind-bending and I don't hear enough folks playing it.


Thanks Aaron! Glad to hear that about the DVD.
Wait until you here the next lesson on Hobart Smith's Cuckoo Bird - more drop thumb, more speed, more mind-bending!

Apr 9, 2020 - 7:33:42 PM

bd

USA

1146 posts since 1/6/2012

wow!
great tutorial!
I'm gonna dig into this over the next few days.

Apr 10, 2020 - 4:12:12 AM

Hunter Robertson

Switzerland

896 posts since 5/19/2006

quote:
Originally posted by bd

wow!
great tutorial!
I'm gonna dig into this over the next few days.


Thanks! Let me know how you get on with it.

Hunter

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