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Today’s viewing:  Steve Martin’s Clawhammer Medley


Key:  D

Tuning:  Open D  (aDF#AD)

Lesson Notes

This lesson focuses on the clawhammer medley of traditional tunes that Steve Martin performs on his album, The Crow.

The medley covers versions of Sally Ann, Johnson Boys, Simple Gifts, and Loch Lomond.

I really like Martin’s treatment and arrangement of these timeless melodies and many folks in the Play Better Banjo community have requested, over the last year or so, that I provide some tab and video instruction for this beautiful piece.

So…here it is.  Hope you enjoy my instruction/interpretation of this collection of classic tunes.

Note that there are five pages of tablature and about an hour of video instruction provided for this lesson.

In order to make it a bit easier for you, I’ve clearly labeled all five all the distinct parts of this tune within the tab and the video.

It is my suggestion that you learn this piece one part at a time.

Make sure you’ve got a pretty firm technical and mental grasp of each part before you decide to move on to the next one!

 

Below you’ll find links to the provided tablature and also a ‘play along track’ that provides a basic guitar accompaniment to which you can practice along with once you’ve learned the whole tune.

Good luck and, as always, please send me any questions you might have along the way using the contact form at the bottom of the website.

Alrighty then…go make some noise!

Ryan


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Tablature

Steve Martin’s Clawhammer Medley

 


Play Along Tracks

Clawhammer Medley – Moderate Tempo

 


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