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Riley's Flute Melodies

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ian Bell Jan 14, 2010. 1 Reply

I've added music from Riley's Flute Melodies on my Huddle Workspaces (not sure how that works) but I thought I would add it here,also.Here are the promised copies of familiar (and a few not so…Continue

Banjo style played before minstrel?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Willey Jan 13, 2010. 21 Replies

What banjo style did you play before trying minstrel style?I tried Scruggs-style but just couldn't get my fingers going that fast. I learned the basic bum-ditty strum and some frailing.If you play…Continue

Riley's Flute Melodies 1

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tim Twiss Jan 9, 2010. 9 Replies

Here are 5 tunes that I tabbed out from Riley's Vol. 1 and 2, which I believe were printed in 1814 and 1817, respectively:Durang's HornpipeCome, Haste to the WeddingThe ? (I forgot to write the…Continue

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Brent W Browning commented on Carl Anderton's video
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Pigtown Fling.

"Frank Lee of the Freight Hoppers teaches this as Stoney Point on his clawhammer banjo CD."
Jan 19, 2010
Brent W Browning replied to George Wunderlich's discussion EBG III!
"Ray, don't they have a lot of civil war re-enactments in the UK. You could get a minstrel banjo group going there and then invite all of us!"
Jan 19, 2010
Brent W Browning commented on Tim Twiss's video
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Negro Dance

"Thanks for playing it, Tim. It's nice to know that I was playing it somewhat right :)"
Jan 19, 2010
Ian Bell replied to Brent W Browning's discussion Riley's Flute Melodies
"Thanks for putting up those scans. I love the creative typesetting on a couple of the selections. Who needs Microsoft Word when you've got a Washington flatbed press?"
Jan 14, 2010
Brent W Browning posted a discussion

Riley's Flute Melodies

I've added music from Riley's Flute Melodies on my Huddle Workspaces (not sure how that works) but I thought I would add it here,also.Here are the promised copies of familiar (and a few not so familiar but I liked the titles from the De Capo reprint of the 1814 and 1820 Editions of Riley's Flute Melodies. Some of the songs included are:Fisher's HornpipeThe Irish WasherwomanRakes of MallowDurang's HornpipeThe Girl I Left Behind MeMoney MuskCome Haste to the WeddingSpanish FandangoRobinson…See More
Jan 13, 2010
Mark Willey replied to Brent W Browning's discussion Banjo style played before minstrel?
"I might suggest Cecilia Conways " African Banjo Echoes in Appalachia" Mark"
Jan 13, 2010
Lucas Bowman replied to Brent W Browning's discussion Banjo style played before minstrel?
"Well, this thread is becoming quite the discussion area. Wonderful!!! I like the discussion on playing styles and what-not, but we should also drop our personal experiences in there too, of how we came around to playing (ahem... Greg). Regardless, I…"
Jan 13, 2010
Greg Adams replied to Brent W Browning's discussion Banjo style played before minstrel?
"Dear Paul, et. al., My perceptions of playing technique have changed over time. I am now at a point where my interest in defining playing technique is more source-based (e.g., individual players, textual references, and/or musical notation). With…"
Jan 13, 2010
Paul Neher replied to Brent W Browning's discussion Banjo style played before minstrel?
"I am a Civil War re-enactor. as such, I looked to the style correct to the period, which lead me here. My buddy Dean play old-tyme, but also in the clawhammer style ... so I get a little of that influence as well. what's the difference between…"
Jan 13, 2010
Brent W Browning replied to razyn's discussion Knauff's Virginia Reels
"Dick, I'm looking at a print out of "Billy in the Lowground" from Knauf's Virginia reels that I got online from the Library of Congress. It looks like a piano score to me-it has three sharps and a bass cleft and a treble cleft.…"
Jan 12, 2010
Joel Hooks replied to Brent W Browning's discussion Banjo style played before minstrel?
"Careful with that kind of talk Marc, I've had hate email sent to me for less ;)."
Jan 12, 2010
Trapdoor2 replied to Brent W Browning's discussion Banjo style played before minstrel?
"I started with Bluegrass in the late '70's but by the mid '80's I had picked up clawhammer (and my first Stewart). My first foray into 'classic' style was via Banjo Newsletter having printed (late '70's) an…"
Jan 12, 2010
Brent W Browning replied to Brent W Browning's discussion Banjo style played before minstrel?
"I also get the feeling from the few handbills that I've see that have been reproduced from Minstrel shows that minstrel banjo was a solo instrument along with bones and perhaps a tambourine whereas in old-time music settings you could have…"
Jan 12, 2010
Brian Welch replied to Brent W Browning's discussion Banjo style played before minstrel?
"I have always listened to bluegrass and old-time (leaning more and more towards old-time in the last decade), but never had a strong interest in playing the banjo until I saw George Wunderlich on the Woodwright's Shop on PBS. I had both an…"
Jan 12, 2010
Lucas Bowman replied to Brent W Browning's discussion Banjo style played before minstrel?
"There are scores reasons behind the development of each of these differences, but so far--in my head--these are the differences I find popping into my head: 1.) "Clawhammer" styles in old time, as stated before, feature more straight…"
Jan 11, 2010
Brent W Browning replied to Brent W Browning's discussion Banjo style played before minstrel?
"Tim, I've been trying to figure out the difference myself. It seems that stroke style has more finger glides and syncopated playing whereas clawhammer is more straight time, probably because it's music meant to be danced and at a faster…"
Jan 10, 2010

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At 1:44pm on January 1, 2010, John Masciale said…
You should be able to upload music to the Huddle Banjo Music Files.

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