At last, here it is.
The winner of the first annual Clawhammer Tune of the Week. The clawhammer banjo tune to end all clawhammer banjo tunes.
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Without a doubt, “Snowdrop” has become the great ambassador of clawhammer banjo.
No tune will more reliably perk up the ears of the casual listener.
No tune will prompt more people to exclaim “I didn’t know a banjo can sound like that.”
And I’d venture that, in the past decade, more people have been compelled to take up clawhammer banjo by this tune than any other (ironic given that it was first recorded fingerstyle by the inimitable Kirk McGee).
So if there were ever an essential tune to include in your repertoire, this would be it.
As we did with Colored Aristocracy, we’re once again venturing into gCGCE (“open C”) tuning.
And as is almost always the case with “alternate” tunings, this tuning both makes the tune easier to play (in fact, you may be surprised at just how easy), AND makes it sound better.
Snowdrop, Brainjo level 2
Snowdrop, Brainjo level 3
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Prior “Clawhammer Top 10” Videos:
- Episode 1: “Soldier’s Joy“
- Episode 2: “Shady Grove“
- Episode 3: “Arkansas Traveler“
- Episode 4: “Cripple Creek“
- Episode 5: “Cumberland Gap“
- Episode 6: “Cold Frosty Morn“
- Episode 7: “Waterbound“
- Episode 8: “Colored Aristocracy“
- Episode 9: “Wandering Boy“