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rreffner
07-07-2012, 02:57 AM
I have TABS written for clawhammer ukulele and there is no special notation for 'tic-toc-a-tic'. As a matter of fact, if the TABS were not labeled clawhammer, it would appear to simply be regular TABS.

So then, do you simply pluck and hold the note, brush down and then pull off the thumb for each note on the TAB? Or, should I be doing something else?

Hope I have explained my question well enough to understand what I am asking.

Raygf
07-07-2012, 03:07 AM
http://youtu.be/BSlmEZUtROo

cb56
07-07-2012, 03:11 AM
Usually clawhammer tab will show you everything you need to do, but not always. In some instances it just shows the melody leaving the embellishments up to you. You don't always brush a chord on tick (or dit) and you don't always pull off the thumb on -a (or ty) tock-tic-a = Bum -dit-ty.
try playing what is written with all clawhammer down strokes first and see if that works. It should sound like the melody. Then ad in your chord brushes and drone string thumb plucks as you see fit. hope this helps.

cb56
07-07-2012, 03:17 AM
btw here is some more info on clawhammer uke.
http://www.ezfolk.com/uke/Tutorials/Clawhammer/clawhammer.html
Also Pat and Patrick Costello have some great videos on learning clawhammer banjo which can be applied to uke.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLvmJMmUBVM&feature=relmfu
Caution, the videos might cause you to go out and buy a banjo (like I did) :drool:

23skidoo
07-07-2012, 03:26 AM
CB has got it right, I think. Tab that just has the melody line requires you to figure out where to put in the chord brushes and thumb plucks. Remember, you don't have to do a chord brush after each melody note - you can do a string of melody notes or alternate melody notes and thumb plucks without the chord strum (I think they call this 'double thumbing' and you can think of it as 'tock-a tock-a tock-a', leaving out the 'tic').

I've been doing this awhile and I'm just starting to get the hang of coming up with my own arrangements using only the melody line. Originally, I started out with the tab at this link, ezfolk.com (http://www.ezfolk.com/uke/Tutorials/Clawhammer/clawhammer.html) He takes the time to write out all the notes, including chord brushes and thumbs, and explains the notation he uses very well in the text on the site. He starts with the basic melody of each tune and there are a few progressively more difficult versions of each tune. There are also midi audio examples to give you a rough idea of what it should sound like. The more difficult versions also include drop thumbing, with very clear explanation of what digit is doing what in the tablature. Hope this helps......

ukuleledaveey
07-07-2012, 03:48 AM
wow this is hard :) im attempting claw hammer fro the first time, but i am gonna give it a go to learn :)

rreffner
07-07-2012, 04:24 AM
Thanks for the tips everyone. BTW, can you take any TAB (fingerpicking) and use clawhammer technique? Say, TABS by Ken Middleton or Dominator?

I'm a clawhammer beginner. Anyone know why specific clawhammer notation cannot or is not incorporated into clawhammer TABS? Seems to me it would be a helpful addition to TABS. Mahalo

23skidoo
07-07-2012, 04:51 AM
Thanks for the tips everyone. BTW, can you take any TAB (fingerpicking) and use clawhammer technique? Say, TABS by Ken Middleton or Dominator?

I'm a clawhammer beginner. Anyone know why specific clawhammer notation cannot or is not incorporated into clawhammer TABS? Seems to me it would be a helpful addition to TABS. Mahalo

Check the ezfolk tabs - like I said, if you read the info on the site, pay attention to how he tabs out the introductory material. You'll notice the chord strums and thumb plucks tabbed - the chords are multiple notes stacked up on top of each other and they are always followed by a single note on the G string - that's the thumb pluck. The two are written as a pair of eighth notes joined by a bar, if you're familiar with regular notation. All of the level 1,2, and 3 tabs on the site have these elements, the 'full' clawhammer arrangement.

As you've noticed, this is unusual - you usually just get the melody and the chord changes. This sort of presentation is really for people who can already apply the technique. Once you get the hang of the clawhammer and get the tock-tick-a rhythm down, you'll find that's all you need. The decision of where to put the chord strums and thumb plucks is dictated by the melody and your personal preference, once you start to develop your own understanding of the style. I'm still a long way from doing this..... once I used Aaron Keim's tutorials to get the basics down, I used the beginners tab I linked to at ezfolk to learn the handful of songs he tabbed out fully there. Once I'd played these several tunes for a few months and got more comfortable with the rhythm, I started to intuitively apply the clawhammer thing to other tunes I knew and even started improvising my own songs.

I'm certainly no expert, but one thing I would suggest - don't try to play any tunes until you get the tock-tick-a rhythm down. Try it in different places on the fretboard and use different notes, but just practice the tock-tick-a over and over and over until it's smooth and you don't have to think about it. This took me weeks.... Once you get that down, try the beginners tunes at ezfolk. I used a metronome and went sloooooow, until I could play through the tunes with relative ease, then gradually picked up speed. There was a day, a couple of months into working on it, where it all just sort of snapped into place and it's been all downhill since.

You just have to stick with it. It's repetitious and a little mind numbing, but you have to develop the muscle memory to execute the rhythm without thinking about it.

rreffner
07-07-2012, 12:36 PM
Thanks 23skidoo. Good info.