Bonaparte’s Retreat – Fretless Clawhammer Banjo


Bonaparte’s Retreat based on William Stepp’s famous fiddle recording from 1937.

If you want to learn to play “Bonaparte’s Retreat” on the banjo, there’s a lesson for it on my DVD Unfortunate Puppy and Other Fine Tunes: Lessons in Intermediate & Advanced Clawhammer Banjo (Mel Bay):

My fretless banjo here is tuned down from the equivalent of gCGCC or aDADD – double-C or D with the 1st string tuned down to unison with the 2nd string – to Bb: fBbFBbBb (the lesson is at standard pitch).

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