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Banjo Lessons: “Great Big Taters in a Sandy Land”

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[MUSIC]
I've
already been playing a few tunes from the
old time repertoire.
Some tunes by the Carolina Chocolate Drops
and,
and Boil Them Cabbage Down is an old time
tune.
And over the years there's been somewhat
of a schism or
schism between the old-timing Bluegrass
world and it just seems like,
it's so unnecessary because there's so
much about the old-time repertoire
that's wonderful and very nice to pull
into the Bluegrass repertoire.
And it's nice just to have a little cross
pollinate, pollination.
I've spent a lot of time playing with a
guy named Bob Carlin.
A wonderful, wonderful old time player,
and a great claw-hammer player.
So I thought I would show you a tune right
now that's kind of
the staple of the old-time repertoire that
you don't hear ever in Bluegrass,
at least that I've heard.
And it's called, Great Big Taters in the
Sandy Land.
And this is really just a repertoire tune.
This you'll see elements of things we've
talked about before in it.
But I just think it's just a really cool
tune and
I learned it from the playing of a claw
hammer player on the internet.
Unfortunately, I didn't write down his
name, so
I can't give you the I can't attribute,
give the attribution of the player.
But it is called Great Big Taters In The
Sandy Land, great old-time tune.
[MUSIC]
Little faster.
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Just really fun to play.
Nice to kinda kick it upstairs a little
bit, a little faster tempo.
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So it's
one of the few tunes that, and there are
others amongst them, but not a whole lot.
Let's start off in, in if you're in the
key of G, start off in C.
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Even though it's in the key of G.
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And what are the other tunes that do that?
Well, that's right.
John Hardy, and This Land is Your Land,
they both start on C.
If you're in the key of G, they'd start on
the C.
And in this case,
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I'm hammering on into the C chord.
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Hammer.
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And I antici, anticipate the G,
by
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sliding that
index
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up to the third fret and
the ring with it up to the fifth fret.
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So I'm using the index and ring here,
which is a little bit of a stretch, but
not too bad.
And that's just the top part of your F
position G chord up here.
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And I'm hammering on index to middle.
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Give it a good hit.
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So
you can hear the fifth fret of the second
string.
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That E note.
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Hammer again.
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Same.
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There's a pull off just by itself,
there's no other note, you're not like
pulling off and
then hitting the first string, it's just
the pull off by itself.
So make sure it's not a fast pull-off.
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Like that, but.
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Even eighth note and you can pull down or
push up, whatever gives you the best snap.
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And then you hammer on again.
The second ending is.
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And again,
you anticipate the B part
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with a hammer on.
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Then you do a pull-off in the integrate it
into a forward roll.
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You
grab that hammer-on with the thumb on the
right hand.
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Pull-off hammer.
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Pull-off hammer.
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Forward and again,
you're anticipating, you're, you're
sliding up two notes before the downbeat.
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I like that.
[MUSIC]
Pull-off.
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Hammer
[MUSIC]
by themselves.
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And then you go back around for
the first ending.
The second ending is.
[MUSIC]
Then you hammer on into the B,
into the C part of the third section.
[MUSIC]
Love that sound.
[MUSIC]
Just ring on the first string, fifth fret,
bring the middle down.
[MUSIC]
And
I let go of the ring as soon as I bring
the middle down.
[MUSIC]
Nice, crisp separation of notes.
[MUSIC]
In the middle down here at
the second fret of the third string, slide
up.
[MUSIC]
Forward, backward roll.
That lick again.
[MUSIC]
Open.
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Hammer.
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Forward.
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Hammer.
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Sorry.
[MUSIC]
So one more time, a little more up the
tempo.
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