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Oct 1, 2021 - 6:44:01 AM
52 posts since 3/7/2011

I am just starting out, about a month in to my Clawhammer journey. (64 years old BTW) I've been using Dan Levenson's Clawhammer from scratch book. Great book. I recently received another one of his books called "First lessons" for clawhammer banjo. It starts in open G rather than Double C and includes some (gasp!) Bum-ditty rhythm, which Dan admonishes in his earlier book.
My question is, what are your thoughts on using both books interspersed on my learning journey? I've gotten so I can play the first two songs in his From scratch book passingly well. Also, is it particularly hard on the banjo to change tuning a lot? I suspect not but the experience and experts are here on hangout!

Thanks !

Oct 1, 2021 - 1:24:39 PM
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6037 posts since 3/11/2006

I’d say stick with one method, especially if by different authors.

Because they’re both by Dan, it might be OK to use them both.
Maybe PM him hereon BHO and ask him.

Tuning is not that big a deal, and it is ESSENTIAL if you eant to play traditional CH.

You can play 90+% of the repertoire with just 3 tunings and a capo:
gDGBD
gDGCD
gCGCD

There are tons of other tunings, but they are usually for a handful of tunes. Don’t shy away- the tunings are one of the coolest things about OT banjo.

BTW you’re in good hands with Dan. Good choice. Welcome to BHO!

Oct 2, 2021 - 9:49:26 AM
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52 posts since 3/7/2011

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(Because they’re both by Dan, it might be OK to use them both.
Maybe PM him hereon BHO and ask him. )

Hello Mr. Lunceford!
Good advice and that is exactly what I did. Dan was gracious enough to reply very quickly to my PM with the advice that, YES I can do just that and ultimately, do what works for me.

Great group of folks here on BHO, an invaluable resource for me and all banjo players!

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