Modal Tunes for Clawhammer Banjo
Modal Tunes FOR CLAWHAMMER BANJO with David Brooks
This class will meet online - an invitation to a recurring Zoom meeting will be sent by the instructor in advance of the first class meeting.
Modal and minor key tunes are the sparks that kindle interest in the banjo for many people. Tunes like “Shady Grove” and “The Cuckoo” have an eerie quality that leaves one wanting to hear or play more such tunes. Today’s artists, such as Rhiannon Giddens, Sarah Jarosz and Gillian Welch, are also attracted to modal tunes. This course will explore 6 to 8 modal tunes selected by the class.
Possible tunes include:
- Clinch Mountain Backstep
- Frosty Morning
- Kitchen Girl
- Little Sadie
- Growling Old Man, Grumbling Old Woman
- Following the North Star – Rhiannon Giddens
- Devil Had a Hold of Me – Gillian Welch
Tab will be provided along with step-by-step instruction. Where available, we will use YouTube videos as well.
Who Should Attend
Experienced beginners and intermediate players are welcome in this class. Students should have a basic right-hand clawhammer stroke and the ability to change chords easily in Open G tuning. Several banjo tunings may be used in the class, but students need not know all of these tunings prior to the class:
- open G (gDGBD)
- double-C (gCGCD)
- sawmill (gDGCD)
Open to everyone ages, 11 and up.