Clawhammer Cello Banjo "Hello John D"




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Published on Jul 30, 2009


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Here's a tune I learned off a New Lost City Ramblers album in the 60s. It's a modal fiddle tune that I'm playing in the old-time clawhammer style in gDGCD tuning. I'm an octave below a normal banjo. Why? Because I'm not playing a normal banjo. I'm playing a Cello Banjo - a Gold Tone CEB-5 five-string Cello Banjo (as distinguished from the four-string Cello Banjos I also have videos posted of).

Clawhammer is a self-sustaining style; one you get it rolling, it seems to take off on its own. It's a wonderfully expression rhythmic and melodic style combined.

Cello banjo offers a portal into many regions of sound. Personally, I find cello banjo affords a gateway to the music of ancient cultures. I'm not surprised that banjoists such as Béla Fleck are gravitating to the Gold Tone cello banjo. These intriguing beasts have been resurrected in the modern world, thanks to Wayne Rogers of Gold Tone, who had the insight, foresight and hindsight to breathe new life into an instrument that hadn't been around in close to a century. Let me know if you're thinking of getting one.

Please visit my website http://www.banjocrazy.com/ where I represent Gold Tone banjos and interviews with wonderful banjo players like Adam Hurt, Marcy Marxer, Bob Carlin, Cathy Moore, Cathy Fink and others. I'll be adding tabs and other fun stuff, so keep me posted.



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