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© 2009 Laughing Hands Music

Originally published 1978 by Oak Publications


This is the second edition, © 2009 Laughing Hands Music, all rights reserved.

Any reproduction or printout of this file for distribution is strictly forbidden.

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A Note About This Edition
This downloadable PDF version is a reissue of material from a book originally published
in 1978 by Oak Publications. In the years since Oak discontinued the book, original
copies have gotten quite expensive on eBay, and I have had many requests to reissue it.
In this edition I have left out the photos and three of the tunes (A Life of Sorrow,
Mountain Dew and Bugle Call Rag) due to copyright issues. I have also deleted the
original discography, since it is out of date and current discographies are available from
other sources. All the other transcriptions, commentary and instruction from the Oak
edition are included in this version.

The transcriptions here come from recordings originally available on the following
albums:

Eric Weissberg and Marshal Brickman, New Dimensions in Banjo and Bluegrass
(originally Elektra EKS 7238, 1963)
The Kentucky Colonels, Appalachian Swing (originally World Pacific ST/WP 1821,
1964)
The Kentucky Colonels, Livin’ in he Past (originally Sierra-Briar SPR4202)
The Kentucky Colonels, The Kentucky Colonels 1965-1966 (originally Rounder 0070)
The White Brothers, Live in Sweden (originally Rounder 0073)
Muleskinner (originally Warner Brothers (S) B 2683)

These recordings have undergone various label changes and reissues since 1978, but can
be easily researched for current availability on the web. The original source recording is
indicated for each transcription.

I encourage anyone interested in Clarence’s playing to buy The Essential Clarence


White: Bluegrass Guitar Leads, an excellent recent book by Roland White and Diane
Bouska. It’s full of great photos, transcriptions, history, and commentary and includes
two CDs with a number of great features. It contains 10 songs that my book does not
contain, so there is not much overlap.

Russ Barenberg

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Introduction 5
Musical Biography 6
Musical Style 10
Notation and Terms 12
Introductory Instruction 13
Syncopation 13
Pick Direction and the Right Hand 14
Crosspicking 17
Analyzing a Phrase 19
The Music 20
No Title Yet Blues 21
Farewell Blues 23
John Henry 26
Sally Goodin (1964) 28
Sally Goodin (1973) 31
Billy in the Lowground 32
Listen to the Mockingbird 36
Nine Pound Hammer 39
I’m a Pilgrim 44
Barefoot Nellie 47
Sheik of Araby 48
New River Train 50
Soldier’s Joy 52
The New Soldier’s Joy 54
Julius Finkbine’s Rag 56
Alabama Jubilee 58
If You’re Ever Gonna Love Me 6o
Dark Hollow 62
Backup 64
I’m a Pilgrim 64

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© 1973 Laredo Publications. Used by permission.

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