Minstrel Banjo

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I nominate Mr. Chris Prieto to choose this week’s TOTW

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I'm still deciding on a tune, will post this evening :)

Okay so after much thinking I'm going with Sally Come Up from Buckley 1868. I've never played it and it doesn't seem to be all over YouTube so I figure we can fix that. I will try and post sooner than I usually do.

Cool. I’ve never played it either so it’ll be a new one...

You found a tune Paul doesn't know???!!! How deep in the archive did you have to find that?? LOL

I watched Tim's video from about 10 years ago. I noticed it's all hammer strokes, very little thumb. Although as I was feeling it out, it almost sets up to alternate finger-thumb...now it's got me thinking...

Has anybody used the Lester Levy Collection lately? It seems to have changed, and a search is not as easy as it was. I wanted to find source material for "Sally Come Up"

Ignore that link. I had a page with sally come up, but that’s not the link...

(You’re right, not easy to find...)

Thanks. The search engine has changed. so....it's cool to see where these songs came from, isn't it? Most have DNA in something

In my mind, when I encounter a new "banjo" song from back then, I put it into one of three categories.....

  • It is arranged from a vocal tune, and played like "Come Up Sally"......or it gets the "bum ditty" approach like Briggs' did. 
  • It comes from a fiddle tune. Usually not too much changes from the source
  • A unique banjo song, composed and arranged specifically so the it "fits" the instrument. The composition is melded with the instrument. Stuff like the Buckleys wrote..."Rapahanock Jig" etc.

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