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Sacrilege: Clawhammer Version of "Blackjack"

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Aug 4, 2020 - 9:58:11 AM
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365 posts since 9/4/2007

With genuine, sincere apologies to J.D. Crowe, perhaps my favorite Bluegrass banjo player, this is a clawhammer/frailing (!) version my favorite Bluegrass tune, "Blackjack," and in the key of G -- rather than the traditional key of B -- no less (!). My three-finger banjo playing is just not my strongest suit.  Multitrack recording where I'm playing clawhammer banjo (Pisgah Woodchuck standard G tuning), guitar, bass (marimbula), and a few fiddle chops. All the instruments "kick in" after the first go round. As always, headphones / earbuds improve all the instruments' audibility.

Edited by - hayesdt on 08/04/2020 14:41:53

Aug 4, 2020 - 10:29:19 AM

2047 posts since 1/21/2003

A worthy contribution from the "dark side", Dan.

Aug 4, 2020 - 10:50:13 AM

998 posts since 1/9/2012


Likewise, I love J.D.'s playing but never could master a single lick.

Aug 4, 2020 - 11:55:29 AM



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I can hear it.

On the flip side, I played the 3-finger version of Old Home Place on a Wildwood Troubadour while testing it in the shop. You should have seen the looks I got... To be honest I thought it sounded pretty good on the Tubaphone ring. Maybe I'll post a recording of it.

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