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Sep 22, 2021 - 1:40:16 PM
351 posts since 2/23/2019

Been enjoying playing classical pieces with 3-finger picking and curious if there are any good song books for clawhammer style specifically for classical like Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, etc.? I'd love to see tabs that actually use the strum in it and not just picking every note but maybe I should just start with what's available first?


Sep 22, 2021 - 3:35:50 PM
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326 posts since 5/16/2017

Take a look at Michael J. Miles American Bach -
I don't think there is any strumming (bum-ditty hadn't yet been invented in Bach's time) but Michael's stuff is amazing. He makes it sound as though Bach wrote Cello Suite I & III specifically for the banjo.

Sep 23, 2021 - 8:45:57 AM
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41262 posts since 3/7/2006

I have been working with a clawhammer version of Chopin's Nocturne 9.2 since decades ago, and I am not finished yet. I use the strum and fifth string throughout.

I am also working with Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. It is in triple time (4/4 with triplets throughout) by I have changed the triplets to bum-di-ty. I call my version Moonshine Sonata.......

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