How to Play The Claw by Jerry Reed (Guitar Lesson)


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Jim Deeming

The Claw

Jim Deeming teaches "The Claw" by Jerry Reed.

Taught by Jim Deeming in Songs with Jim Deeming seriesLength: 39:51Difficulty: 4.0 of 5


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dak6659dak6659 replied on September 17th, 2015

Nice class Jim. Love your arrangement!

alfrednoelalfrednoel replied on July 5th, 2015

Jim..... thank you for a great tune to learn to play! But, forgive me if I seem fussy, too much of the tablature does not represent what you're actually playing and that makes learning this piece very frustrating ! IMO, Jamplay would be top notch if more care were taken in transcribing more accurately what is being played......thank you anyways for taking the time to show this excellent piece of music.

bryanloveubryanloveu replied on May 13th, 2014

well at last found a teacher who can show u the proper way to play a tune i class my self at about intermediate and would encourage other students get to the level required before tackling this as dexterity is a must in being able to play this tune

bobbyrampebobbyrampe replied on October 29th, 2013

Excuse me but there is something wrong with the tabs. When you got to the D and say it is the same progression as with the A, it is actually notated in a different way. Dont know if you're gonna change that :)

daledunphydaledunphy replied on November 17th, 2012

Very nicely done Jim. I have wanted to learn this tune for years. Now I feel I can. I don't want to settle for almost good at it. I am willing to spend hours and hours and hours this winter getting it to a playing level where I feel I can perform it at jams etc. I have a Taylor nylon (NS#@CE) guitar and a Loudbox Mini amp that will be inspiring to my practice. Thanks for making this lesson. Dale

rangood2rangood2 replied on October 18th, 2011

Hi Jim! Great Lesson, Good strong Instruction, on a great song. Its going to take me a few days, but It will be worth the effort. Thanks, Randy

djohnson69djohnson69 replied on March 16th, 2010

Cool stuff, but this is decidedly not Bluegrass.

gahubbardgahubbard replied on December 9th, 2009

Jerry Reed was THE MAN... well, one of 'em at least.

gotatelegotatele replied on November 4th, 2009

there are certain parts I may never be able to pull off from this song, but there is plenty of stuff I can incorporate into my playing. Thanks for the great teaching style, that is not just a rote memorization tool,but something that explains why and how certain musical ideas work. Much obliged.

akman1akman1 replied on October 24th, 2009

Whew! This will take a while ) :

andrew kandrew k replied on August 26th, 2009

HOLY MACKERAL

shannon09shannon09 replied on June 30th, 2009

Hey Jim, i'm finding that the Buster B Jones Variation is easier to play. I have trouble reaching the notes in the Chet Atkins variation for the second chord so the funky variation suites me well! :) So where is the best place to put this part? Just substitute it for Chet's piece? I'm finding it sounds a little disjointed when trying to incorporate it? Probably the playing but a reference would be good. :) Thanks.

shannon09shannon09 replied on June 30th, 2009

Hey Guys... thanks for posting the Tab quickly. This is an awesome song and great to play! Thanks Jim! :)

shannon09shannon09 replied on June 15th, 2009

Hey jbooth, finding it pretty hard without the tab for this one. Any idea on when the tab will be available? Cheers

mattbrownmattbrown replied on June 18th, 2009

Attention everybody! The tabs that I just posted are from a transcription of Jerry Reed's recording of the song. I just wanted to get something up there while we sort out the official tabs for this lesson. All of the subtle nuances, licks, and alternate endings will be added soon. Thanks!

shannon09shannon09 replied on June 17th, 2009

Hey Jim, I was just looking at Scene 4::Part Three where you do the run of triplets and your using the thumb and 2 fingers. It feels kind of awkward trying to do a smooth run with the three fingers on the same string. Its a little cramped. Is there anything wrong with alternating thumb and index finger to do this run. Its a little more smooth with the up and down motion consistently on all 3 strings?

mkorsmomkorsmo replied on May 29th, 2009

Nice! Some pretty tastey Claw licks in there that I've not heard before. Pretty cool!

dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied on May 28th, 2009

yikes!

dripmandripman replied on May 28th, 2009

Please note, THIS IS FREAKING AWESOME

jboothjbooth replied on May 28th, 2009

please note, tab for this lesson will be up shortly!

Songs with Jim Deeming

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Lesson 1

Christmas Medley Part 1

Jim teaches the first part of a beautiful Christmas medley. This installment features "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus."

Length: 31:00 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 2

Christmas Medley Part 2

In this second part of the Christmas medley, Jim Deeming adds the song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

Length: 15:30 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
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Christmas Medley Part 3

In the 3rd part of the Christmas medley, Jim Deeming adds "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer."

Length: 28:00 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

Alice's Restaurant

Jim Deeming covers the classic song "Alice's Restaurant" by Arlo Guthrie.

Length: 18:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

On Jordan's Stormy Banks

Jim Deeming teaches "On Jordan's Stormy Banks", a gospel tune from his CD First Fruits.

Length: 30:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

In this lesson Jim Deeming teaches a beautiful fingerstyle version of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."

Length: 22:29 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Windy and Warm

In this lesson Jim covers his version of "Windy and Warm," a song written by John Loudermilk and performed by Chet Atkins.

Length: 23:43 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Waltzing Matilda

Jim teaches an arrangement of "Waltzing Matilda," a popular Australian folk song. He teaches the song in the style of Tommy Emmanuel.

Length: 38:28 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Yankee Doodle Dixie

In this lesson Jim Deeming teaches a performance version of "Yankee Doodle Dixie." This version features both the verse and chorus of "Dixie" on top of "Yankee Doodle."

Length: 30:21 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 10

Red Wing

Jim Deeming teaches a fingerstyle version of the classic folk song "Red Wing."

Length: 15:34 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

Wildwood Flower

Jim teaches "Wildwood Flower," a well-known bluegrass folk song. While it was made popular by the Carter Family, this song originated in the 1860s. Jim teaches you his own version which blends the familiar...

Length: 30:04 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 12

Stephen Foster Medley

Jim teaches Chet Atkins' arrangement of the "Stephen Foster Medley." He adds his personal touch to this three song medley.

Length: 40:17 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 13

Last Steam Engine Train

Jim Deeming teaches the song "Last Steam Engine Train" by John Fahey.

Length: 15:47 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 14

The Claw

Jim Deeming teaches "The Claw" by Jerry Reed.

Length: 39:51 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 16

Away In A Manger

Jim Deeming teaches a simple version and an advanced fingerstyle version of "Away In A Manger".

Length: 19:38 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 17

Silent Night

Jim Deeming teaches a beginner version and a more advanced fingerstyle version of "Silent Night."

Length: 20:05 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 18

The Little Drummer Boy

Jim Deeming teaches a warmed over arrangement of "The Little Drummer Boy."

Length: 36:19 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 19

Freight Train

Jim Deeming teaches "Freight Train" by Elizabeth Cotten.

Length: 13:02 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 20

Amazing Grace

Jim Deeming teaches a fingerstyle arrangement of "Amazing Grace."

Length: 12:27 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 21

Auld Lang Syne

Jim Deeming teaches a fingerstyle interpretation of the classic "Auld Lang Syne."

Length: 28:18 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 22

Red River Valley

Jim Deeming teaches a fingerstyle arrangement of the traditional folk song "Red River Valley."

Length: 11:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 23

Armed Forces Medley

Jim Deeming teaches a medley of songs from the five main branches of the United States Armed Forces.

Length: 40:37 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 24

Good King Wenceslas

Jim Deeming teaches the Christmas song "Good King Wenceslas."

Length: 27:05 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 25

The Water Is Wide

Jim Deeming teaches both a fingerstyle and flatpicking version of the classic tune "The Water Is Wide."

Length: 31:59 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 26

A Pick in My Pocket

Jim Deeming teaches his original fingerstyle masterpiece, "A Pick in My Pocket".

Length: 51:07 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 26

Farewell My Bluebell

Jim Deeming teaches a fingerstyle arrangement of the classic tune "Farewell My Bluebell." Originally written by Edward Madden and Theodore F. Morse, the tune has been popularized by artists such as Merle...

Length: 20:44 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only

About Jim Deeming View Full Biography Jim Deeming got his first guitar when he was only six years old. His Dad was taking fingerpicking lessons, and Jim wanted to be just like him. The Mel Bay books didn't last very long before he strapped on a thumb pick and added the Chet part to Red River Valley so it sounded better.

Most of Jim's early learning was by ear. With unlimited access to his Dad's collection of Chet Atkins albums, he spent countless hours decoding his favorite songs. They were never "right" until they sounded just like Chet. Around the age of 12, Jim heard Jerry Reed for the first time and just knew he had to be able to make that "Alabama Wild Man" sound. The styles of Chet & Jerry always have been a big influence on his playing.

More recently he has pursued arrangements by Tommy Emmanuel and Doyle Dykes, in addition to creating some of his own and writing originals.

Jim has performed in front of a variety of audiences, including concerts, competitions, weddings and the like, but playing at church has always been a mainstay. Whether playing in worship bands or guitar solos, gospel music is deep in his roots and is also the driving theme behind his debut CD release, titled "First Fruits".

Jim has been playing for about 38 years. He also has taught private lessons in the past but believes JamPlay.com is an exciting and better venue with many advantages over the traditional method of weekly 30 minute sessions.

Jim lives in Berthoud, Colorado with his wife, Linda, and their four children. Although he still has a "day job", he is actively performing and is already back in the studio working on the next CD. If you wonder how he finds time, look no further than the back seat of his truck where he keeps a "travel guitar" to take advantage of any practice or song-writing opportunities he can get.

The opening song you hear in Jim's introductory JamPlay video is called, "A Pick In My Pocket". It's an original tune, written in memory of Jim's father who told him early on he should always keep a pick in his pocket in case he ever met Chet Atkins and got the chance to play for him. That song is slated to be the title track for his next CD, which will feature several more originals plus some of his favorite covers of Chet and Jerry arrangements.

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