Guitar lesson for

Banded Clovis

by Tyler Childers  •  Lesson #291

Video lesson

Sheet music for this song will be returning shortly!

  • The sheet music for this song is temporarily unavailable while I move it over to Musicnotes.com, a sheet music service that is providing licensing for my "song" arrangements.
  • Want me to priortize this song, so the sheet music is ready sooner? Click the button below and let me know – this helps me know which songs to work on next!
Request This Song

To learn more about my library of song sheets & instructional PDFs, click here.

Editor’s notes

Hello friends! I’m proud to share this new Tyler Childers lesson for “Banded Clovis” from his 2017 album Purgatory. Tyler is maybe my favorite new country artist of the last few years, and this song in particular captures the raw, gritty, primal acoustic guitar sound that quite a few of his songs embrace. Tonally this one only uses the chords of E A B7, but the real magic (and difficulty) comes in mastering the intro riff, which plays around quite heartily with a deep melody on the thickest 3 strings, combined with strumming. I’ll explain it all in my video lesson, give it a watch!

Timestamps of what I teach in the lesson:

Lyrics with chords

Capo 3rd fret.

INTRO (see PDF chord sheet for the tab)
    E   E   A   E
    E   E   B7  E
    E   E   E

VERSE
         E           E          A              E
    Tina Nolan had a man with a good place for siftin'
         E        E             E            B7
    He invited me diggin', so I picked up my screen
          E         E         A        E
    And a shovel to dig and a jar of shine
       E         E          B7        E
    He traded me fair for a bottle of wine
        A         B7              E       E
    His brother's Barnes Mountain wine

    [instrumental verse]

    We [E] trudged through the [E] snow, [A] straight up the [E] hillside
    Took a [E] ridge for a [E] while, then we [E] slowly went [B7] down
    To an [E] over-[E]-hang [A] hid from the [E] ridgeline
    We [E] bent o'er our [E] handles and we [B7] bit in the [E] ground
    The [A] dark and [B7] bloody [E] ground [E]

    [instrumental verse]

    Was a [E] bitch to break [E] ground but the [A] wine kept us [E] goin'
    The [E] moonshine was [E] flowin' and [E] keepin' us [B7] warm
    'Cause you [E] can't hold a [E] girl with a [A] fistful of [E] shovel
    Got to [E] find your [E] fire in the [B7] company of [E] corn

    [A] [B7] [E] [E]  => [instrumental verse]

    We [E] dug for a [E] while then it [A] all turned to [E] ashes
    Found a [E] bunch of broke [E] flint and a [E] few bits of [B7] bone
    Then I [E] heard Jesse [E] yell o'er the [A] pile he was [E] sifting
    Shook the [E] hills like the [E] angels were [B7] callin' us [E] home
    [A] Jesse, [B7] Zachary come [E] home [E]

    It was [E] banded as [E] hell, it was [A] fluted and [E] clovis
    It was [E] hot as the [E] pistol I [E] kept on my [B7] side
    I was [E] fiending so [E] fierce, I was [A] broke ass and [E] busted
    I [E] pulled out my [E] pistol and I [B7] took Jesse's [E] life

REFRAIN
        [A] Clovis like [A] that is a [E] hard point to [E] find
        Makes [E] pills swift to [E] come by with a [E] good chunk of [B7] change

    Left [E] over for [E] burn on [A] whatever [E] meanness
    [E] Whatever [E] woman is [B7] comin' my [E] way
    [A] Darlin' [B7] come my [E] way [E]

    [instrumental verse]

    I [E] sit in this [E] cell for the [A] banded [E] clovis
    I [E] stole off of [E] Nolan when I [E] killed'm that [B7] day
    I [E] reckon the [E] chase of the [A] pills and the [E] powder
    Corn [E] liquor and [E] woman are the [B7] culprits to [E] blame

    [instrumental verse, end on E]

Videos of this song

Tyler’s album version (capo 3rd fret):

A live version from Tyler:

Get my lessons in your inbox!

Every couple weeks I send out an email newsletter with links to whatever new lessons I've made. Sign up here and stay in the loop!


Enjoy my lessons? Buy me a beer!

If this and my other lessons have proven helpful to you, please consider making a one-time donation to my tip jar. Contributions of any amount help make this project possible (including the many, many hours I put into it).

You can also support me on Patreon. For only $3/month you'll get access to a print-friendly PDF of my notes for each new lesson (view free sample).

Thanks!


Subscribe to my YouTube channel

Be sure to never miss a lesson by subscribing on YouTube. I put out 2-3 new videos every week. These include full song lessons, as well as covers, practice tips, behind-the-scenes updates. Thanks!


Recent video lessons:

📝 My "song" PDFs are now individually purcasheable! I've arranged a licensing agreement with Musicnotes, a service that lets you buy sheet music. Patreon suppoters get 50% off each purchase. Get the latest info here »   (last updated July 1, 2021)

October 14, 2021

How to Tune Half-Step Down (E-Flat Tuning)

Tips & Techniques  •  Lesson #394

A quick guide to tuning all your strings down 1/2 step (E-flat tuning), which is a very common alternate tuning used in many songs.

Patreon PDF

October 2, 2021

F Chord Cheat Sheet! 7 Easier Ways to Play It

Tips & Techniques  •  Lesson #392

A quick inventory of 8 different ways to play the dreaded F chord, 7 of which are easier than the dreaded six-string barred version.

Patreon PDF

September 28, 2021

Beginner Riffs with Major 7th Arpeggios

Warm-Up Exercise  •  Lesson #390

A quick exercise where I share over 10 riffs based on a single arpeggio shape, using major 7th chord tones. Backing track included!

Patreon PDF

September 19, 2021

Key of C Major Cheat Sheet!

Tips & Techniques  •  Lesson #388

A deep dive into everything you need to know when playing in the Key of C: notes, chords, fretboard map, tips & tricks, easier ways to play the F chord, and plenty more.

Patreon PDF

September 12, 2021

Major Scale Positions & CAGED Chord Shapes

Tips & Techniques  •  Lesson #384

A deep-dive into the common positions of the major scale, and how they each relate to the CAGED chord shapes... which makes it all easier to understand!

Patreon PDF

August 29, 2021

First Electric! 8 Things I Didn't Expect

Tips & Techniques  •  Lesson #386

I recently got my 1st electric guitar, and was surprised how many things immediately confused me. Here's a quick inventory, in case it helps anyone else starting out!

Patreon PDF

Browse my all lessons

By lesson type

By song decade

By musical genre

By guitar technique

By musical key

By popular artist


← back to lesson list