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Aug 14, 2022 - 2:38:36 PM
2886 posts since 5/2/2012

So, I'm a Tony Ellis fan, and 3 of his tunes are in fCFCD tuning. I'd like to find more tabs in this tuning, played 2 or 3 finger style.

I did a search and read some old posts, and from them I found Barlow Knife, Ramblin Hobo and Last Chance here on the HO.

Any suggestions?

Aug 14, 2022 - 2:58:45 PM
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400 posts since 5/16/2017

Dead Man's Piece - Lee Hammons

Aug 14, 2022 - 8:47:54 PM
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137 posts since 8/31/2015

You can capo on the 2nd or 4th (or just play out of F if you're not with a fiddler) and experiment with your favorite G or A tunes. Many transfer seamlessly. It's a great tuning that provides a different flavor or "atmosphere" than the standard G/A tuning. Some favorites in this tuning are Miss McLeod's Reel, Dinah, Greasy String, and Cumberland Gap.
Have fun!

Aug 15, 2022 - 5:24:18 AM
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2413 posts since 12/16/2007

When I was early in learning clawhammer banjo (I keep my banjo tuned up; i.e. gDGde), I was introduced to use this tuning for "Sandy River Belle". I then decided to experiment with other G tunes in this tuning. As a result, I play all my G tunes in this tuning except for tunes in two keys where G is one of the keys.

P.S. For "Last Chance", I prefer the tuning gEGde. I prefer that minor sound.

"Last Chance"/ alt. "Sandy River Belle" tuning
The equivalent of fDFCD .
Hobart Smith, Last Chance ("Hobart Smith of Saltville, Virginia"). Albert Hash, Rambling Hobo ("Albert Hash & the Whitetop Mt. Band").
Aug 15, 2022 - 6:32:03 AM

2886 posts since 5/2/2012

TreyDBanjoKS carlb I didn't think of experimenting with G tunes...great idea...I'll have to try it. Trey, I too like the "flavor" this tuning gives, which is why I asked.

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