Old Dan Tucker is a popular American song that was handed down in oral tradition and popularized in the mid 1800's and is now a Bluegrass and country music standard. Tony will perform and break down the song for you in this lesson.
(Old Dan Tucker)…- "Old Dan Tucker was a fine old man.…He washed his face in a frying pan,"…or so I've heard.…It's a great old tune…that is not really much part…of the bluegrass repetoire for some reason.…It's just a really fun silly tune…with silly words.…
"Died with a toothache in his heel."…That says it right there.…Bruce Springsteen did this as part…of his Seeger Sessions album and tour.…And I saw a video of him doing this in Italy…with the entire Italian audience…singing these lyrics about…"died with a toothache in his heel."…And the version I've worked up here,…and I've known this song since I was a kid.…You just would hear it around.…It was in the air and in the ethers.…But I kind of picked this up to confirm…that my memory was correct about how this tune went…from a version of Grandpa Jones playing it on…Hee-Haw with his wife, Ramona.…
So you might tune into that and hear how Grandpa did it…in a kind of a claw hammer style,…an energetic claw hammer style.…He does a great job of it.…So what I like about this a lot…
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- Separating notes
- Playing with others
- Using the capo
- Playing hammer-ons and pull-offs
- Playing variations on classic tunes
- Minding your posture
- Training your ear
- Building speed
Skill Level Beginner
1. Playing with Others
2. Basic Embellishments
3. Variations on Basic Tunes
4. Posture and Ear Training
5. Playing Up the Neck and Building Speed
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