In my last post, I mentioned I’d be using the Brainjo Level system for any clawhammer banjo tabs and arrangements I release going forward, to make it easier for you to select and learn tunes that are appropriate for your current ability. To that end, I’ve just released a book of Level 1 arrangements for clawhammer banjo.
You can hear how all these sound in the video playlist below.
The songs in the book are:
- Bile Dem Cabbage Down
- Bury Me Beneath the Willow
- Cripple Creek
- Darling Nellie Gray
- Long Journey Home
- Worried Man Blues
- Will the Circle Be Unbroken
- You Are My Sunshine
As stated, these are all Brainjo Level 1 arrangements, meaning they draw only upon techniques covered in the “Clawhammer in 8 Essential Steps series“.
They’re targeted towards those in the earlier phases of the learning process, but they still sound great. I’ve also included the words to each of the songs, as I encourage you to sing the melody before you start trying to learn it.
Level 2 arrangements for these songs are taught as part of the Breakthrough Banjo course if you tackle these and want to take things even further.
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