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Banjo Lessons: Beginning Hammer-Ons Part 3: “Mole in the Ground”

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[MUSIC]
Okay.
One more thing for hammer-ons.
We're gonna go into the key of C and just
do another old time tune.
Which is called Mole in the Ground.
So just a few little more, few, [LAUGH]
few more warm up moves here.
So here's your C.
[SOUND] And by the way, remember to keep
that first string strong.
[SOUND] Just remember about the separation
of notes that we talked about.
Just check yourself and make sure you're
hitting all the strings evenly,
every single one of them.
And as I mentioned earlier, [SOUND] Just
going back to Shady Grove for
one more moment.
These slides and hammer-ons.
[MUSIC]
Could be a little bit louder,
give them a little more emphasis to bring
out the melody.
[MUSIC]
Okay.
Going back to C, play your C chord.
This time try a full C chord.
[MUSIC]
And
now you're gonna hammer-on on the fourth
string of the C.
[MUSIC]
Now,
take your middle finger while you hold
down the first two strings of the C chord,
and bring the fourth str, bring the middle
finger, which was on the fourth string,
and hammer it on, on the third string.
[MUSIC]
Okay, and another thing you'll do here is-
[MUSIC]
Is hammer on on the first string.
You, again, when you're in the key of C
and you're, taking fingers off and, and
moving them around, as long as you're on a
C chord, with rare exceptions, I want you
to keep your index finger on the C note,
which is your second string here.
That's your B string, up a half step is a
C note.
[MUSIC]
Not $100, just a C note.
[MUSIC]
And so what I want you to do is
hammer-on on the first string
[MUSIC]
With your ring.
While your index is down here on the first
fret of the second string.
[MUSIC]
And hit the fifth string, so
two eighth notes.
[MUSIC]
And you can kinda stack them together.
One two three, one two three, one two
three, one two three,
I'll slow it down a little bit.
One two three, one two three, one two
three, one two three, like that.
Okay, and this is another old time song
that I learned from the playing of
the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an amazingly
wonderful band of old-time musicians and
if you get a chance to see them, do so.
You won't be disappointed.
Just another old-time song, Mole in the
Ground.
[MUSIC]
So you're just starting with these, one of
these hammer-ons into an alternating thumb
with your C, you've got your C chord.
Let go of the middle finger, bring it
down.
[MUSIC]
Another alternating thumb.
[MUSIC]
As you bring your middle finger over to
the second fret of the, of the third
string.
Then a quarter note.
[MUSIC]
Let go off the middle.
Then up to the second string.
[MUSIC]
Hammer on with an alternating thumb.
[MUSIC]
Alternating just with a C chord.
[MUSIC]
And
I bring my thumb over to the second string
at that point.
[MUSIC]
So I have the quarter note,
fifth string, hammer on the first string
to the fifth string.
[MUSIC]
Quarter note on the first.
So-
[MUSIC]
Quarter, hammer, hammer on the fourth
string, two quarter notes,
[MUSIC]
You're stacking those hammer ons on
the first string.
[MUSIC]
One two three, one two three.
[MUSIC]
Forward rolls twice.
And then, just bring the middle over to
the hammer-on on the third string.
[MUSIC]
Thumb, thumb, thumb.
Open up the fourth string and hammer on
again.
[MUSIC]
Hammer.
So.
[MUSIC]
Now, there is a,
I'm changing the melody around just a
little bit because the melody should go.
[MUSIC].
Except you're not going to do that, I
don't think.
So instead of jumping down to that low
note-
[MUSIC]
Below C, you go.
[MUSIC]
I just jump up and
get it on the second string.
[MUSIC]
Now, you may be interested in sending in
a video of some of this, so feel free to
do so and we'll check it out.
[MUSIC]