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Round Peak Style Clawhammer Banjo

By Brad Leftwich

Banjo (5-String) - Beginning-Intermediate
Composed by Brad Leftwich. Squareback saddle-stitched, Methods. All Styles. Book/CD Set. 104 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.96660BCD).

Item Number: MB.96660BCD
ISBN 9780786629022. All Styles. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

This book presents more than 70 tunes in the unique highly developed clawhammer style known as "Round Peak" -named after the Blue Ridge Mountain, North Carolina community where it originated. While not intended for the absolute beginner, this book will benefit players at various experience levels. Tunes in the book are organized according to the specific banjo tuning used, with A and D tunings most prominent. Much of the book's commentary and the included CD recording is directed towards the fretless variant of the 5-string banjo but as these tunes are written in standard 5-string banjo tablature, they can most definitely be played on the more common fretted instrument. Includes tune lyrics and extensive historical and biographical notes plus technical tips and a discography. Written in 5-string banjo tablature only.

  • Baby-O 
  • Big-Eyed Rabbit 
  • The Blackest Crow (My Dearest Sweetheart) 
  • Breaking Up Christmas 
  • Chilly Winds 
  • Cluck Old Hen 
  • Cotton-Eyed Joe 
  • Cripple Creek 
  • Darling Nellie Grey 
  • Fire On The Mountain 
  • Greasy String 
  • Groundhog 
  • Ida Red 
  • John Hardy 
  • John Henry 
  • June Apple 
  • Kitty Clyde (Katy Cline) 
  • Let Me Fall (Old Hard Road) 
  • Little Maggie 
  • Lonesome Road Blues (Going down the Road Feeling Bad) 
  • Old Bunch Of Keys 
  • Old Joe Clark 
  • Police 
  • Poor Ellen Smith 
  • Pretty Little Gal 
  • Pretty Polly 
  • Round Town Gals (Buffalo Gals) 
  • Ruben (Train 45) 
  • Shortening Bread 
  • Sourwood Mountain 
  • Stay All Night 
  • Sweet Sunny South 
  • The Tater Patch Tune 
  • Train On the Island 
  • Old Buck (Paddy on the Turnpike) 
  • Piney Woods Gal 
  • Walking In My Sleep 
  • Arkansas Traveler 
  • Backstep Cindy (Step Back Cindy) 
  • Old-Time Backstep Cindy 
  • The Bravest Cowboy 
  • Ducks on the Mill Pond 
  • Fall on My Knees (Lonesome Road) 
  • Fisher's Hornpipe 
  • Forkey Deer 
  • Fortune 
  • The Joke on the Puppy (Rye Straw) 
  • Mississippi Sawyer 
  • New River Train 
  • Old Molly Hare 
  • Polly Put The Kettle On 
  • Richmond Cotillion 
  • Rickett's Hornpipe 
  • Rochester Schottische (Walking in the Parlor) 
  • Rockingham Cindy 
  • Sally Ann 
  • Old-Time Sally Ann 
  • Say Darling Say 
  • Soldier's Joy (Love Somebody) 
  • Stillhouse (Cider) 
  • Sugar Hill 
  • Susananna Gal 
  • Tempie 
  • They Say that It's Sinful to Flirt (Willie My Darling) 
  • The Wreck of the Old 97  
  • The Yellow Rose of Texas 
  • John Brown's Dream 
  • Old Jimmy Sutton 
  • Old-Time Ruben 
  • Frankie Baker (Frankie and Albert) 
  • Tumblin Gap (Cumberland Gap) 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 4

    Barry Sholder
    Dallas Georgia
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  • 2009-06-04 00:00:00.0 Different approach , but good

    I picked up this book to learn some alternate string picking, meaning catching catching open strings with my little finger. From this book it was hard at all. This book has sort of a different sound to it from tradtional clawhammer books, and I found it was fun. I think...

    it lends itself well to playing fretless which I can now do OK and the CD's clarify problem spots.

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