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Up this week is another tune by request, this time by subscriber Rich Rowe.
His specific request was for the version of “Hog Eyed Man” by Topher Stevens of the Pisgah banjo company, which appears mid way through this video.
(RELATED: Breakthrough Banjo members can now request songs to be added to the clawhammer song library. Click here for more information about the course.)
Fiddler Luther Strong plays the most commonly cited source version of this tune; however, his is out of the key of A. Here, the tune is moved out of its traditional key on the fiddle, and played out of an open D minor tuning, aDADF.
This is a great example of adapting a tune for clawhammer to put it in its best light, as this tune with this tuning and arrangement make for a hauntingly gorgeous union.
And, of course, you couldn’t ask for a better title.
(What’s a “Hog Eyed Man?” Click here for possible theories.)
Hog Eyed Man
aDADF tuning, Brainjo level 3
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