Learn Clawhammer Banjo
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January 28, 2015 by Josh 12 Comments
Kevin Campbell says
It sounds like in the second half of the third measure of Soldier’s Joy level 2, you repeat what is in the first half of the third measure. Just checking because the tab looks a little different from that. Thanks again for posting your helpful lessons.
It’s just a slight difference. In the first half, you’re hammering onto the 4th string 4th fret after striking open 3rd string with your frailing finger; in the second half, you’re hammering onto the 4th string 4th fret after striking the open 4th string. So just one note is different (the note before the hammer on). Hope that clears it up!
Sylvia Carlyle says
I’m sorry, but I don’t understand any of that. I thought measure was another way of saying bar, So, in the third measure I can’t see anything that resembles playing the 1st and 2nd strings! I’m playing the first and third measures on the open 3rd string and doing an alternative hammer on on the 4th fret of the 4th string, and in the second part of the bar doing a standard hammer on the 4th fret 4th string. Have I misunderstood what a measure is?
Good catch, Sylvia! I inadvertently substituted 1st and 2nd for 3rd and 4th (I’ve corrected the comment).
So your understanding of measure is exactly right 🙂
Bruce Harper says
In Soldier’s Joy, Level 2, what does the circled “3” indicate? I thought maybe a drop thumb, but I don’t see it in your video.
Hey Bruce – any time you see a circled number under the tab it means that the note is to be played by the fretting hand, and the number indicates the finger I typically use to play the note.
In this particular case, you are to hammer on to the 4th string at the 4th fret with your 3rd finger (i.e. ring finger) – also known as an “alternate string hammer on”.
Let me know if that doesn’t clear it up for you.
Ok that makes sense until I look at the 9th measure where there appears to be an open 5th string (hammered?) with the 4th finger? Something doesn’t seem right here.
Well, you appear to be the first one to catch that! Indeed, that’s a rogue circled “4” in the 9th measure. You may ignore it, and I work on eradicating it!
terrence obrien says
I’m enjoying the challenge of this tune, as its melody seems to test picking accuracy; I can’t really get away with sloppy picking on this one, it makes it sound muddy, which is a bad thing in this case (in my opinion).
Josh: are there lyrics available for these Double C tunes on your site? Singing sometimes helps me learn a tune (even if I can’t yet do it while I’m picking!)
Michael in N. Yorkshire
Yes, the best place to find the lyrics is in the Vault song library (link towards the bottom of the member home page). And sometimes doing a google search with the name of a song and the word “lyrics” will work.
I’m struggling a bit with which finger to use at times.. I’m wondering if this could be indicated int he tab. I find I’m changing my mind between middle and ring finger on a few changes…
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