Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

If anybody is into it, let's try "Keel Row Reel". It is a fiddle tune, but is old and should be quite adaptable to the banjo. I hope perhaps some others will join in to share interpretations and fingerings. Post 'em on the weekend. What is the census on notation vs. TAB readers out there?

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I'll jump in on this one, Tim. Maybe we should work on a number of these Irish tunes as St. Pat's is just over the horizon.

Looking forward to hearing your's and Greg's interpretation! Maybe others would like to join in, too.
After we submit our tunes next weekend, I suggest all the participants get together for dinner and drinks at the Keel Row restaurant http://www.thekeelrow.co.uk/eveningmenu.php

The deep fried brie wedges sound fun- washed down with a large Guinness or three.
It seems to be a nice tune.
It is notated in G, so what tuning is best?
As a clawhammer player I see the possibilities with the ordinary G tuning. In clawhammer I will not ply it note for note, but make some simplifications, just like clawhammer players use to do with fiddle tunes.
The "Briggs tuning" (low bass) seems also to work and may be easier to follow the original tune better.
I am playing it straight out of a Briggs tuning.
I'm also playing in a Briggs tuning. It's a nice little tune.
Do we want to post fingerings, or just audio/video files?
I'm really looking forward to hearing what you come up with from a clawhammer approach. It'll be great to hear how the different interpretations stack up to one another aurally. I am practicing this tune note-for-note in the Briggs tuning as well (dGDF#A), but am adding a couple of block chords. I'll have it ready to post on Saturday. Tim, what is the source for this tune again?

janolov said:
It seems to be a nice tune.
It is notated in G, so what tuning is best?
As a clawhammer player I see the possibilities with the ordinary G tuning. In clawhammer I will not ply it note for note, but make some simplifications, just like clawhammer players use to do with fiddle tunes.
The "Briggs tuning" (low bass) seems also to work and may be easier to follow the original tune better.
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Ok, I've Tabbed it out...but there's something missing. I'm assuming that's a D 1/4 note at the end of m7 and it appears to show a repeat at m8 (repeat m8-13?). The problem is that it doesn't work as a dance sequence. It begs to have m9 & 10 repeated again at the end...which then leads nicely back to m1.

So...here's my TAB, including the changes I've made. No fingering...still playing with dat.
These are Greg's fingerings for Keel-Row Reel.
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Ok, I've Tabbed it out...but there's something missing. I'm assuming that's a D 1/4 note at the end of m7 and it appears to show a repeat at m8 (repeat m8-13?). The problem is that it doesn't work as a dance sequence. It begs to have m9 & 10 repeated again at the end...which then leads nicely back to m1.

So...here's my TAB, including the changes I've made. No fingering...still playing with dat.

My apologies. I failed to notice that when I printed out Tim's .jpg, it was truncated...so I was missing measures on the RH end of each line. No wonder it sounded odd...!
You had me wondering Marc. Glad you caught it.
You gonna play that arrangement?

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