Here’s a basic lesson on how to play an old-time tune called Groundhog.ย 


Let’s practice…

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Scale and drone

The tune is in G Major. Warm up with the G major scale.

G Major scale: G0-1-2-3-D0-1-2-3 | D3-A0-1-L2-3-E0-1-L2ย 

G Drone


First quarter: D3-3-3-D2-2-2 D3-3-3-3-D0-1

Sheet music

First quarterย 

Other versions

Here’s a cool YouTube documentary on a banjo player named Obray Ramsey. You can hear the tune Groundhog in it. I think this might help you to get more into the tune!

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5 responses to “Groundhog – Basic Fiddle Lesson

  1. I am wondering if you might offer a bit more expansion on this tune with more chords to make it sound a bit richer. The Round Peak variation seems a bit intimidating. Perhaps something in between. An idea for a Group lesson???

    Thanks. I did enjoy the tune

  2. I am confused. The breakdown notation for the first quarter ends on a D1, but the sheet music and watching your fingering and listening to it seems to end on a D3.
    Nice tune and song!