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Crawdad > Chords and Bass Runs

Greetings My Guitar Playing Friends and Neighbors!

I know I say this a lot but this really is one of my favorite songs to sing and play with other people. A Social Music classic if there ever was one! In this lesson we’ll return to the key of C and examine how we might change the flavor of the song by playing a C7 chord as the root. We’ll look at some bass string runs that should make anyone dance. This is a flexible tune and a great one for exploring the unlimited possibilities at our feet for just about any song we get our hands on. This is also the first song I sang a harmony on back when I first started playing it with friends. That was a dream come true for me and the dream is still unfolding. If you’ve never tried harmony singing before, try some now and let me know how you do with it!!! Until next time…..

Dan Zanes




Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Crawdad

Loop 1:04 What You Will Learn Today

Loop 3:05 Breakdown of Chords and Bassline

Loop 9:37 Faster Variation with Hammer-Ons

Loop 12:15 Closing Thoughts

Loop 13:10 Practice Loop of Whole Song


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Nader M
Nader M Jul 30, 2017


I can't tell you how much I appreciate this! 

You are the man! 

I'm going to practice this and maybe work up the courage to post it! 

Thanks again for taking the time to record this! 

Dan Zanes
Dan Zanes Jul 31, 2017

hey there nader!

i'm glad to hear that there might be something in this for you...

it's really good for me to have to sit and actually think about the details of the songs.

i'd love to see how you're doing so don't be shy...post any time!!

yr pal,


Nader M
Nader M Jul 12, 2017

Hi Dan,

Thanks for this wonderful lesson. I really appreciate the calm, postive, supporting energy that you put out on all of your videos. You're a great teacher man!

Brief intro: I'm an old time banjo player and I've been listing to and playing Doc Watson's version of this song on banjo for over 20 years. I've always stuggled at becoming proficient at guitar (I guess it's that 6th string that really throws me off.) Anyway, your arrangement of this classic has been tremendously helpful to me.

Question: would it be possible to make a follow up video on a couple of "tricks" you do to fill in where you play the F chord? Or maybe some licks you might throw in on this song?

Thanks in advance!


Dan Zanes
Dan Zanes Jul 26, 2017

hi nader!

thank you for your comments...they're appreciated. i'm glad you're digging this version.

yes, i'd be happy to make a video. i'll put one here later today and let's see if it makes sense and helps in some way.

are you playing the F chord with the thumb on the low E string?

thanks man!!

Dan Zanes
Dan Zanes Jul 27, 2017

hi nader...let me know if this gives you something to chew on!

yr pal,


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