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

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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.
Could be a little bit louder,
give them a little more emphasis to bring
out the melody.
Going back to C, play your C chord.
This time try a full C chord.
now you're gonna hammer-on on the fourth
string of the C.
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.
Okay, and another thing you'll do here is-
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.
Not $100, just a C note.
And so what I want you to do is
hammer-on on the first string
With your ring.
While your index is down here on the first
fret of the second string.
And hit the fifth string, so
two eighth notes.
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
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
Another alternating thumb.
As you bring your middle finger over to
the second fret of the, of the third
Then a quarter note.
Let go off the middle.
Then up to the second string.
Hammer on with an alternating thumb.
Alternating just with a C chord.
I bring my thumb over to the second string
at that point.
So I have the quarter note,
fifth string, hammer on the first string
to the fifth string.
Quarter note on the first.
Quarter, hammer, hammer on the fourth
string, two quarter notes,
You're stacking those hammer ons on
the first string.
One two three, one two three.
Forward rolls twice.
And then, just bring the middle over to
the hammer-on on the third string.
Thumb, thumb, thumb.
Open up the fourth string and hammer on
Now, there is a,
I'm changing the melody around just a
little bit because the melody should go.
Except you're not going to do that, I
don't think.
So instead of jumping down to that low
Below C, you go.
I just jump up and
get it on the second string.
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.