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Apr 12, 2021 - 8:26:55 AM
25 posts since 3/26/2017

Hey folks.
I was listening to Frank Proffitt's Cumberland Gap and I was trying to figure out how to play it, but I cannot for the life of me figure out that tuning that he's in. So far as I can figure, his 1st string is tuned down to a low A which he often pushes-on to a C#, and the 5th string appears to be a C# in the octave above. These two alone blow out any guesses I have for conventional tunings at least. I can't parse out any of the other strings, though I might try. Anyone know better than me on this?

Edited by - Melchizedek on 04/12/2021 08:27:27

Apr 12, 2021 - 9:10:57 AM
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janolov

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In this recording I think he is playing in the key of C, but he seemed to be tuned low so it not any of the C tunings.

Apr 12, 2021 - 10:09:09 AM
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carlb

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2244 posts since 12/16/2007

Very similar to Wade Ward's version
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qow4xcNs7WA

and

Kyle Creed's on Clawhammer Banjo vol 1 County Records; tuning f#BEAD (capo 2)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9tD7zWkhr4
I did write a tab for this in 1984 for the Banjo Newsletter which they allowed me to distribute as I see fit.
https://www.banjohangout.org/tab/browse.asp?m=detail&v=17850

Apr 12, 2021 - 11:54:26 AM

banjo bill-e

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10934 posts since 2/22/2007

I like Kyle Creed but I have never been able to hear the tune in his version of Cumberland Gap.

Apr 19, 2021 - 3:39 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by Melchizedek

Hey folks.
I was listening to Frank Proffitt's Cumberland Gap and I was trying to figure out how to play it, but I cannot for the life of me figure out that tuning that he's in. So far as I can figure, his 1st string is tuned down to a low A which he often pushes-on to a C#, and the 5th string appears to be a C# in the octave above. These two alone blow out any guesses I have for conventional tunings at least. I can't parse out any of the other strings, though I might try. Anyone know better than me on this?


Sounds to me like he's playing in "Cumberland Gap" tuning, which at concert pitch is usually f#BEAD, so if he's tuned with the low string at A, he's a step flat and coming out in the key of C, making the tuning: eADGC. You'd mostly be playing the third "fret" of the 4th string and the second fret of the third string, plus noting up to the fourth fret of the 1st string.

Hope that helps, I'm doing this by ear without a banjo in hand!

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