Sometimes these situations are unexpected. And chances are, the music those folks will want to make will be chord based. So, what does learning chords mean exactly? Is that what you have to learn? So what are those few chords you should learn? G for standard G, C for double C, etc. If that sounds like gobbledygook, not to worry. You may pick up a few more as needed on a tune by tune basis, but these first few will take you a long way. Two tunings, four chords in each, and a whole world of possibility opens up.
Do you think that learning all the chord material is important to someone like me, playing only by myself? Thank you for your insightful article about cords for clawhammer banjo! Can you elaborate for us? Thanks for your help.
7 Reasons Why Clawhammer Banjoists Should Know Their Chords (plus the ones to know)
I was illustrating the fact that you get the chords for all these keys with just 2 tunings and a capo. Very helpful to review, particularly in the double C or double D tuning which I like to use so much. Josh, Another very interesting and original piece. I would happily buy if you ever decide to go into print. One small point: just before the chord charts, it lists the title of the section as.. Josh, It was …. David R.
You bet it should, David! Many thanks for the BHO tutorials and the brainjo method. And kudos for turning brainjo into a verb which I will be stealing! At the least, you can accept a position as Director of Neologisms. Careful, he might have a neological disorder and possess neuroplastic explosives……. He he! Great stuff as always Josh. First though, you left the F out of the key of C. Typo I think this is important for a number of reasons, mainly understanding different styles and techniques.
Many thanks to you for these efforts, I think you are doing a great thing here! I understand more with every lesson you share. I believe it too Josh, though I am aware its going to take time. But your efforts have inspired me like none of the many, many lessons I have studied before. You make me believe I can learn this. Please keep doing exactly what you are doing. Best wishes to you and yours this holiday season Josh. Thank you for all your amazing lessons and info.
You are a genius and you teaching style is the absolute best. Because of you I am enjoying hour after hour of absolute enjoyment. Thank you very very much,. Absolutely, Gord. Hey Josh, thanks for all your follow up lessons and I am noticing that a lot of the bad habits that I picked up just going from different site s to get instruction in this style of playing are starting to drop away as I focus on your basic steps and songs!!
Share Share with:. Link: Copy link. This is adopted from a common banjo tuning, and can be used to play old mountain banjo tunes on guitar. Simpson, in fact, demonstrates this by playing "The Coo Coo" in this tuning. Does anyone know of other sources books, web sites, Tab edit files, etc.
Support musicians in need -- join the Music Maker Relief Foundation. Note that the only difference between this tuning and standard G major tuning is that the 2nd string is raised half a step to c. You can likewise think of it as G minor tuning with the 2nd string raised a whole step to c. You then play using g as the tonal root. Since the chord lacks the third note in the scale, it is undefined as to whether it is a G major or G minor using common designations for modes, thus it is a "modal" tuning.
However, the addition of the c note, the fourth, gives the chord its distinctive "mountain" sound. By stopping the 2nd string on the 2nd fret [o-o-oo] you make a chord that comprises only g's and d's, and thus can be used as a tonic in either G major or G minor, but which lacks the "mountain" sound. Other useful chords are as follows: [oo-o-o] G mountain modal 7th: adds an f note to the bass. That should get you started. I should say also I play my autoharp strictly chordally, not melody pickin'.
Though it is the singing that will be impacted ultimately as I would actually rather sing than play when it comes to this music.
I can sing the harmonies without even thinking-- so my brain and my ear know something-- I just can't get it all solved for melody or solo AH accompaniment! If I could be in the middle of an old timey or bluegrass band just singing backups, that would do it for me! I dunno what you mean since I am not a banjo player, but I will turn Hardi loose on that so he can play it for me to hear.
Keep 'em coming, folks.
Something else to note is that banjo players sometimes alter this tuning by tuning the 5th string down to an F which sounds pretty neat. From: Charley Noble Date: 21 Apr 01 - AM I agree with everything Suffet says but would add that this tuning is also convenient for 5-string banjo players who feel compelled to chase fiddle tunes in major as well as minor keys.
This strategy generally saves 5th strings from breaking as well. Of course, when fiddles go into other keys such as C-major, you're still left all standing. Quick, someone give me a cyber-pat-on-the-back for figuring that one out or shoot me down if I'm wrong. I know you're a fiddler, but sometimes we banjo players can be misled. Maybe that frog in the road was not a bird That's the only song I've learned in that tuning so far, I'm sure there are more. Modes can start on any note. I think that is the title. Great piece of work, and explains it very well.
From: Peter T. Well, I may have to learn something new. This is tough for us banjo players.
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Yes, traditionally, each mode was only in one key, but not anymore It's going to be Shady Grove, and your clawhammer style is just perfect. Or else you can try double thumbing with both the 5th and 1st strings used as drones. In other words, use your thumb to pick out the melody on the 4th, 3rd, and 2nd stribgs only, keeping the 1st as well as the 5th string open at all times. The index finger alone or index and middle fingers can work out complex arpeggios on off-beats, and the thum plucks the 5th string when not picking the melody.
Here is a bare bones transcription for the thumb-melody notes only. Best of luck.
Just kidding. Party on!
Don't know. Never tried playing Kitchen Girl on a sewing machine. How would you tune it? Anyway, I have a Bernina.