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Oct 19, 2020 - 3:55:29 PM
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It was a pleasant surprise to peruse through the three tab books of Hangout member tommac -- Tom MacKenzie.  I have had the pleasure of seeing his posts here and on Instagram and Facebook.  For forty years he has explored clawhammer banjo and I only wish I had some of them back in the 70's when I was scrambling to learn from the few resources available.  Tom's tabs are straightforward and very learnable for beginning and intermediate players.  In three books there are 83 tunes and he also has MP3 downloads he'll send.  His videos are often instructional and you sense his friendliness and desire to be of help. 

One of the tablature books, Scratching the Surface, focuses on the West Virginia and Kentucky resources I, too, am so fond of.  Another of the books, Side by Side, includes fiddle notation as well as banjo tabs. The book Sing Me a Tune includes lyrics with the tabs.  It all makes a treasure trove if you've been looking for instructional material.

Check out his website:

Hear some of his music on his member homepage:

Roses in the Morning (Clyde Davenport)

Ideas to play Coleman's March

Martha Campbell

Tom's home in Vermont is nearly as far away from California as you can get, but the kinship feeling we have for clawhammer banjo has created a bond from the east to west.  I'm grateful to have access to his years of banjo accomplishment both on social media and through these three books.

Oct 22, 2020 - 12:22:06 PM
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Thanks for the information you share, very instructive..

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