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Banjo Lessons: Pull-Offs Part 3: “The Old Cat Died”

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[MUSIC]
Okay,
let's put these three to two pull-offs to
use in a very cheery tune called
The Old Cat Died.
Another fun old-time tune, even though the
subject material is not fun,
and another tune that I picked up from The
Carolina Chocolate Drops.
[COUGH] And undoubtedly it predated them.
[MUSIC]
It goes like this.
[MUSIC]
So it starts off very easily just first
string.
[SOUND] Second string, twice.
[SOUND] Then we just do the pull off.
[MUSIC]
To the quarter note third string.
[MUSIC]
Now the two notes.
[MUSIC]
Twice.
Now we're gonna bring in the hammer-on.
We're actually gonna integrate the
hammer-on to pull-offs and slides,
the whole thing in this one tune.
[MUSIC]
Thumb on the third pinch, repeat.
[MUSIC]
Pull-off up on third,
pull-off up on third of the thumb.
Two notes, two notes again, hammer.
[MUSIC]
Now you're gonna repeat that hammer-on to
start part B.
[MUSIC]
Actually,
the last measure of part A is exactly the
same as the first measure of part B.
[MUSIC]
Two slides.
[MUSIC]
Alternating thumb.
[SOUND] Another hammer-on.
[MUSIC]
I'm just repeating
that first measure again.
Now, there's double pull-off that we did
earlier.
[MUSIC]
Integrated into the alternating
thumb roll.
[MUSIC]
Repeat.
[MUSIC]
And
actually if I'm not mistaken, the Carolina
Chocolate Drops probably picked this up
from Joe Thompson, a wonderful African
American fiddler as of this video-izing
here, he's in his 80's, and he's been a
mentor to the Carolina Chocolate Drops.
And it's probably coming from his
repertoire.
So let me play this one more time, full
tempo.
And here it goes.
[MUSIC]
It's hard to stop.
Those tunes get played for five minutes at
a time sometimes.
So if you have any questions about this,
just send that video in and
we'll get back to you.
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