SINGING WITH THE BANJO
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Here’s a terrific lesson for banjo players who want to sing and accompany themselves in the clawhammer style.
Starting with two easy songs, Worried Man Blues and This Little Light of Mine, Cathy shows how to find the right key for your voice, use the capo, play a simple accompaniment and pick out scales and melody notes from within the chords. You’ll then learn how to embellish any tune you play with slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs and other important licks and tricks that will add drive, complexity and excitement to your songs.
Moving on to more intermediate/advanced techniques and different tunings, Cathy shows you double thumbing on Cumberland Mountain Bear Chase; old-time modal sounds for Shady Grove; waltz time with Irene Goodnight; and a show-stopping version of Oh! Susanna that combines a variety of advanced devices unique to this style.
As a bonus, Cathy performs five of her most popular songs, illustrating clawhammer accompaniment at its best; The Cuckoo, When Time Draws Near, Buffalo Gals, Psalm of Life and Wild Rose of the Mountain.