Clawhammer Banjo

What a Friend We Have in Jesus – #Clawhammer #Banjo #Tablature

On these three arrangements of “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” I printed the melody notes in bold numbers so they could be easily seen. It’s probably beneficial for someone who’s trying to learn the song; unfortunately, it was too much trouble for me so I won’t be doing any additional tabs like this.

I haven’t recorded this song but here are the three tablatures…

 

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Under the Double Eagle – #Clawhammer #Banjo #Tablature

This classic tune was written in 1903 by Josef Franz Wagner (1856-1908), a military bandmaster and composer who was known as the “Austrian March King.” The title is in reference to the double eagle in the coat of arms of the Austro-Hungarian empire. “Under the Double Eagle” was recorded three times by John Philip Sousa. As for its place in folk music, it is now a popular instrumental for guitar and banjo players.

I haven’t recorded this on the banjo but did create three clawhammer arrangements…

 

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Simple Gifts – #Clawhammer #Banjo #Tablature

“Simple Gifts” is a Shaker song written and composed in 1848 by Elder Joseph Brackett. The song was largely unknown outside Shaker communities until Aaron Copland used its melody for the score of Martha Graham’s ballet Appalachian Spring, first performed in 1944. Copland used “Simple Gifts” a second time in 1950 in his first set of Old American Songs for voice and piano, which was later orchestrated. Many people thought that the tune of “Simple Gifts” was a traditional Celtic one but both the music and original lyrics are actually the compositions of Brackett. “Simple Gifts” has been adapted or arranged many times since by folksingers and composers.

 

 

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Shady Grove – #Clawhammer and #Bluegrass #Banjo #Tablature

I recorded this on a banjola, which has a 5-string banjo neck and is played like a banjo but  has a mandola body, which results in a much more mellow sound. The first 2 minutes 10 seconds is played clawhammer style and then I switched to bluegrass (without picks) for the remainder of the song.

 

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