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Banjo Lessons: “Grandfather's Clock”

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[MUSIC]
Here's just a repertoire tune.
This is a tune that I use to play many
years ago and
getting back into it again for this.
Grandfather's Clock and I've thrown in
some harmonics in here.
And we have a little bit of a Don Reno
roll, and I'll get into that in a minute.
Let me play it for you first,
Grandfather's Clock.
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Okay, let's talk about this a little bit.
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That's a very standard Scruggs intro
if you have a melody note on the third
string.
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And
even though you don't go right to the
third string you slide into that G note.
And then hit the, hit it for the second
position in the measure.
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Right there on
that D lick I'm using a reno roll, because
it feels like the thing to do there.
Two forward rolls.
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As you, you're playing a D-7th,
lift off the middle, bring the middle
down.
[MUSIC]
Then I'm
playing a C with an open first string, a
really pretty sound.
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And then I have the middle and
the second fret, fret of the third string.
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And
as you're doing that even though that note
is right there and you can just keep down.
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I want the separation of notes.
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So I lift it off each time.
Lift, lift.
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And
here for this bot, this is the bottom part
of a D chord,
rather than a full D chord of just one
note, I'm using the bottom two notes.
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I use the pinky again, you might wanna use
the ring, either way, that's just how my
hand works, I like the pinky there.
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Alternating, two alternating thumb rolls,
alternating, alternating, and our dear
friend.
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And then repeat.
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Into the B part.
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Just hammering on and
going through some forward rolls.
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Sorry.
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And then.
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If that's too much of a stretch to.
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cuz you need to hold that index down
[MUSIC]
And bring the pinky to the fourth
fret of the four, fourth string
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And an alternating thumb roll.
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If that's your problem.
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Just go to the second fret
of the fourth string.
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And
the D seventh but I'm making it a little
more colorful by adding.
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The second fret of the first string which
gives you a D ninth chord.
But don't worry about that right now, I'll
talk about that later on.
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And there's a stop,
and it talks about the clock stopping
anyway right at that moment.
So
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Hit the first and third strings with
the thumb and middle.
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Stop it.
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Stop it, and then you're back into.
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And here's the next section.
Harmonics.
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Now before when we
were doing The Old Cat Died, we were doing
individual harmonics one at a time.
Here we're doing two harmonics at a time.
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And then continue.
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Make sure you let go
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Each time rather than keeping the finger
down cuz it'll damp the sound a little
bit.
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You want.
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And then continuing on.
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Your Reno lick.
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And then you continue on from there.
Now, to get a little fancier with our
harmonics,
at the very beginning of the tune,
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So it's-
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G, D-7th, back to G.
So for those three measures, rather than-
[MUSIC]
Rather than doing that,
you can do harmonics.
This is just a little bit of an
improvisation.
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Then go to the C chord that,
with a hammer-on.
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Now, the thing is,
since these are all eighth notes that I'm
using for the harmonics,
you won't be able to have the time to let
go, your hand would have to be.
I'm very jittery to be able to get.
To lift off after ever note.
So, in this case it's okay just to keep
your finger touching the string.
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So
you're doing a forward backward roll on G.
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Right over, right on top of the 12th fret.
Again, harmonics are always right on top
of the fret, not behind or
in front of them.
Right on top.
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Then go up to the seventh fret,
first three strings and do the same thing
right over the seventh fret.
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Up to the fifth fret.
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Then you go to the hammer-on on the C.
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So it's.
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So I'll play it one more time.
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