Nine Pound Hammer
The song of the week is 'Nine Pound Hammer' in the key of B.
Here are three jam videos in which I have recorded Nine Pound Hammer in the key of B: one with me on banjo, one with me on mandolin, and on the bottom one (which I recommend starting with), I am on guitar.
Beginner Bluegrass Jam Songs - Idaho Bluegrass Association
But, an easier way to access the jam videos for Nine Pound Hammer is to click on
Jason’s YouTube Links – Alphabetical Listing – Parisology (cyberplasm.com)
and then scroll down on the list to the video you want, and it will take you right to the point in the video where the preamble to the song starts. (Note: If no instrument is specified beside the song title, then on that video I am playing guitar.)
Below the three jam videos (in the first link), there are two song of the week write-ups for Nine Pound Hammer. The top one is the most relevant to read through, since it deals with playing Nine Pound Hammer in the key of B, whereas the bottom one is a song of the week write-up for Nine Pound Hammer in the key of A.
But the most important part of the song of the week write-ups is the listening material: the youtube links to recordings of the song. I highly recommend listening both of the recordings:
Lonesome River Band - key of B
Tony Rice - key of A
Also, here is a band recording (from a couple years back at the Bluegrass Open Mic) in which I am playing banjo on Nine Pound Hammer
Jason Homey and the Snake River Boys, IBA Open Mic, 2/26/19 - YouTube
The song starts at the 8:27 mark in the video.
For a copy of the jam handouts, and an explanation of the handouts, here are the PDF files that can be downloaded and printed off. There are 5 attached files total. (four at the bottom of the page, and one - the Main Song List - that comes earlier than at the bottom of the page)
Idaho Bluegrass Association - Beginner Bluegrass Jam Songs
15 songs were played at last night's beginner jam: 12 from the main list, and 3 from the additional songs list:
Blue Ridge Cabin Home - A
Boil The Cabbage Down - A
Buffalo Gals - A
Bury Me Beneath The Willow - G
Cripple Creek - A
Down The Road - A
Gathering Flowers From The Hillside - Bb
I'll Fly Away - G
My Home's Across The Blue Ridge Mountains - G
Nine Pound Hammer - B
Shortnin' Bread - G
Soldier's Joy - D
Jambalaya - D
A Memory Of You - G
Old Joe Clark - A
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