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Feb 20, 2024 - 1:46:41 PM
8 posts since 12/24/2020

Hello- I belong to a young band that is figuring out an arrangement for Fiddler's Elbow by Jay Ungar. I could play this tune with my D penny whistle, but I am trying to see if I can create a clawhammer version. I'm having trouble with everything- tuning (trying it in both double C and open G- it's in Em. I think!) and getting a good clawhammer groove for it. Maybe some tunes are not meant to be learned in the clawhammer style? I want to try anyway, and maybe someone here has some advice? Thank you so much for your kind 2 cents....

youtube.com/watch?v=gvv5r9qeId...&index=12

Feb 20, 2024 - 2:05:09 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

27870 posts since 6/25/2005

Can you play melodic clawhammer? If so, you should be able to find the notes and go from there. I’d try either G tuning or Cm tuning capoed at the third fret.

Feb 20, 2024 - 3:01:26 PM

Anniebo

USA

8 posts since 12/24/2020

I can pick out the tune pretty well- it's just challenging to play and didn't know if any tuning would make it easier. I guess that's why I'm a melodic-ish clawhammer player... more the essence than note for note. I'll try Cm tuning, though- I haven't done that before. Thanks.

Feb 20, 2024 - 3:24:56 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

27870 posts since 6/25/2005

I screwed up; you’ll need to capo to the 4th fret for Em, not the third. To get the tuning, from Double-C, raise the first string one fret.

@Anniebo

Feb 20, 2024 - 4:16:39 PM

11330 posts since 4/23/2004

According to the "unofficial" sheet music I can find, it is in A minor. I played both the youtube video and the sheet music, they sound in the same key to me.

A part 2X: | Am-Am | Am-G | Am-Am| Am-D |Am-Am |Am-G | Am-Em | Am-Am

B part 2X: | Am-G | C-G | Am-Am | D-D | Dm-Am | G-Em | Am-Em | Am-Am

Coda: | Am-Am | D-D | Am-Am| Am-Am

Nice tune. I think it might be pretty, sketched in drop-thumb...in whatever tuning suited it. If I had to play it note-for-note, I'd get out the Irish Tenor Banjo.

Feb 20, 2024 - 5:06:56 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

27870 posts since 6/25/2005

Am is easy. Gm tuning; capo 2.

Feb 21, 2024 - 2:52:23 AM
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janolov

Sweden

42730 posts since 3/7/2006

To play in Am you can also try standard G with the fifth tuned/capoed/spiked to seventh fret: aDGBD. When looking at the lead sheet (https://musescore.com/user/12544/scores/2267296) this tuning seems to work.

Feb 21, 2024 - 4:57:40 AM

Anniebo

USA

8 posts since 12/24/2020

Thank you all for the tuning / capo / 5th string advice. I'll work on it to see how it sounds. If it's anything good, I'll post a recording.

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