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Johnson Boys by The Hillbillies, c. 1927

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Aug 7, 2020 - 3:00:01 PM
2 posts since 8/7/2020

This is by far my favorite version of this song and would love to know more information on it such as the tuning that it’s in (open, double, standard) I typically relative tune to a key I can sing in anyway. It sounds like two-finger style?

It’s on YouTube, but since I’m new, it doesn’t allow me to post the YouTube link here.

Aug 7, 2020 - 4:57:50 PM
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5259 posts since 10/12/2009

Aug 7, 2020 - 7:20:33 PM

778 posts since 12/30/2008

It is an awesome version for sure!

I’d say it’s clawed as opposed to 2-finger. I hear a lot of double thumbing.

Aug 7, 2020 - 9:21:36 PM

2 posts since 8/7/2020

Thanks for the intel. It very well may be. Love that version though. I need more practice to play anything outside of open tuning and with successfully findIng melody notes. I’m quite new to playing, so it’s like learning a foreign language.

Aug 7, 2020 - 11:29:21 PM
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40636 posts since 3/7/2006

I think it sounds more like plectrum banjo or tenor banjo. The key is D.

Aug 8, 2020 - 6:51 AM

659 posts since 6/9/2009

Jack Reedy playing three-finger banjo while John Hopkins pounds away on a banjo-uke.

Edited by - BobTheGambler on 08/08/2020 06:51:11

Aug 8, 2020 - 11:16:23 AM
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2656 posts since 4/19/2008

here's the melody

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