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December 11, 2014 by Josh 8 Comments
What is the tuning for the level 3 version of Cluck Ol’ Hen? I’m still in gDGBD; when I follow the tab, the brush after my 2-3 slide on the third string in the 9th measure sounds a bit jarring. Then I noticed the tuning at the top of the tab and in the video tutorial said gDGCD. Is this correct? Has it been explained somewhere and I missed it, or is it a typo? If I’m in the wrong tuning, that could explain why my Cluck Ol’ Hen sounds out of tune.
Thanks for all your help Josh.
Hey Dave – yes, indeed. The tuning for this arrangement of “Cluck Ol’ Hen” is gDGCD, also known as “G Modal”. So it’ll definitely sound better with that 2nd string tuned from B to C.
Josh, when you play the slide it looks like you don’t actually “slide” (with the same finger) but rather switch fingers on fret 2 and 3? Is this a better way to perform a slide?
Hey Anton – thanks! Hammer ons and slides can essentially be used interchangeably; so there are some instances where I’ll use one over the other depending on the sound I want, and sometimes I’ll alternate back and forth within the same tune. There’s less of a difference in the resulting sound of a slide versus a hammer on when you’re playing a fretted banjo – the difference is more pronounced on a fretless.
But anywhere you see one, you can always try the other technique and see which you like the sound of best!
Ok, I’ll definitely going to try it out! Thanks for a quick response!
I’m in love with this sound! (actually I’m in love with the whole brainjo/clawhammer experience, these last three months have been amazing)
I just wanted to ask if there is more content (or it is planned to be) on G modal tunning on the site like chords or improv hints like where to slide notes… I would enjoy playing more songs or improvising on this tunning. It actually reminds me of old native american sound, or even Irish style.
I miss when you broke it down measure by measure like the first module 🙁
Not sure if this can help anyone but, if I am correct
(Please correct me if I am wrong)
The tuning used for this song (gDGCD) were you take the normal standard G tuning and make the second string a half step (or one fret higher) goes by a few different names some being:
1. gDGCD tuning
2. G Modal tuning as mentioned above and in video
3. Saw mill tuning and
4. Mountain minor tuning
I thought it might be handy for anyone who comes across some of these stray names………They All Should = gDGCD tunning used in this song
Hope that can help some folks, and PLEASE correct me if i misspoke, I just found these as alternate terms and thought it could be helpful if anyone else comes across these alternate names in the future????
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