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Banjo Lessons: “Boatin' Up The Sandy”

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Boatin' up the Sandy.
Well this is clawhammer, sometimes called
Some people feel like frailing is when the
thumb only stays on the fifth string.
As opposed to clawhammer where the thumb
sometimes comes down to the second or
third or the fourth strings in a drop
thumb manner.
But, I'll call this clawhammer for now.
And it's in G tuning.
Which is nice and I'm just gonna describe
what's going on here but,
there's not a lot really.
It's a pretty spartan tune.
I'm just hitting the first two strings.
sometimes in the tablature it indicates
the first string, but
sometimes you'll hit the second string
along with it.
It's an inexact science as far as I'm
This isn't, it was never originally meant
to be written out in banjo tablature,
but it's a good way to show you what's
going on, so.
Sliding one to three on the second string
as I'm hitting the first string.
And then I'm pulling off two to zero.
A lot of pulling off and
hammering on going on in the clawhammer
style just to give you the melody.
That's the second measure.
So two to zero pull-off, even eighth
And again, make sure you're pulling of
that first string just off the neck there
so you can get a really nice snap.
You want that site pulled, the note that
you're pulling off to to be as strong
as the note you're hitting in the first
then the index comes down again, on the
or the middle I should say that cuz some
of you prefer to use the middle.
I use the index.
And then you repeat it.
then the last measure of this short tune
off with a zero to two hammer-on on the
fourth string.
Strum the first two strings.
Or if you hit the third string don't worry
about it.
And then, two-zero pull-off on the third
So that whole four, four measure A part
Then the B part is.
So it's a two to four slide.
On the third string, hitting it with the
index or middle, whichever you prefer.
Strum the first one or two strings.
Second, and then try to isolate that
second string.
Strum fifth, and then slide again,
two to four, for the second measure of
part B.
Strum fifth, pull off.
And then pull off two to zero.
This is the third measure of part B.
So two pull offs, two zero on the first
And then hit the first string, or the
first two strings, to the fifth string.
And then the two zero, pull off on the
third string.
Strum fifth, and then hammer-on.
that's the same way you played it the last
measure of part A.
Zero to two hammer-on on the fourth
strum the first two strings fifth, and two
zero on the third string like that.
Okay, now I'm gonna play Boatin' up Sandy,
first slow and then up the tempo and
here's the slow version.
And that repeats.
And then the B part is, one, two, three,
So the whole thing now.