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Tuning for Anthony Street Reel

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Womersley Jan 4. 20 Replies

So it would appear I am going to have to learn Anthony Street Reel in standard notation as opposed to tablature (a 1st for me, since I can't find the tab for this awesome tune anywhere).  I just want…Continue

Playing the B part of Circus Jig

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Prieto Dec 16, 2016. 5 Replies

Just curious about the technique for playing the B part of Circus Jig.  Are those measures played as a slow, single finger brush down the strings or is there some other approach I might just not be…Continue

Any other really FUN songs to play like Buckley's Boston Jig?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Prieto Dec 16, 2016. 3 Replies

So I'm working my way through several other these tunes (Brigg's Jig, Cotton Pod Walk Around, Bee Gum Jig), and they are fun and all, but Buckley's 1860 Boston Jig is really just fun on the hands to…Continue

Top 10 tunes?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Strumelia Nov 29, 2016. 1 Reply

If you had to put together a list of top 10 tunes for a Minstrel banjo gathering, what would they be?  Top 10 being, the most frequently heard (best to learn if you want to join in).  Continue

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Eric Womersley replied to Rick Cicciarelli's discussion Tuning for Anthony Street Reel
"Right, so it's about linking dots on the page to frets on the banjo, and my focus should be on where to place my left hand fingers in response to the note I see on the page.   Eureka! Thanks Joel"
Jan 4
Joel Hooks replied to Rick Cicciarelli's discussion Tuning for Anthony Street Reel
"Yes, but they are played at frets with the different systems. In C notation the fourth string is middle C. in A notation the fourth string is A."
Jan 4
Eric Womersley replied to Rick Cicciarelli's discussion Tuning for Anthony Street Reel
"Hi Joel Thanks for that. I'll have a look at the Lansing book. I'm aware of the A & C notation "divide". I didn't make myself clear it seems as my question was actually about the fact that the "dots on the…"
Jan 4
Joel Hooks replied to Rick Cicciarelli's discussion Tuning for Anthony Street Reel
"This book by George Lansing teaches how to read in the different "systems" of notation. http://contentdm6.hamilton.edu/cdm/ref/collection/spe-ban/id/1897 The body of banjo notation that was published prior to 1908 in the US is pretty much…"
Jan 4
Eric Womersley replied to Rick Cicciarelli's discussion Tuning for Anthony Street Reel
"John, Joel & others Please explain why having learned to read music based on a particular tuning, it is adviseable to learn to read music based on another tuning given the notes on the stave are the same. My apologies if this is a dumb…"
Jan 4
John Masciale replied to Rick Cicciarelli's discussion Tuning for Anthony Street Reel
"I have found it useful to be able to read all three notations. This isn't for my own playing but for playing with other groups.  Often I am handed music and have to make it work.  It can be confusing at times, but usually with a…"
Jan 4
Scott Danneker replied to Rick Cicciarelli's discussion Tuning for Anthony Street Reel
"FYI: Conway (p. 230) says that these terms are used most often by banjo players who are also fiddlers such as Hobart Smith, Tommy Jarrell, and Fred Cockerham. Thanks again."
Jan 4
Scott Danneker replied to Rick Cicciarelli's discussion Tuning for Anthony Street Reel
"Many thanks Joel.   What a great thread!"
Jan 4
Joel Hooks replied to Rick Cicciarelli's discussion Tuning for Anthony Street Reel
"Scott-- yes.  I started playing from A notation exclusively.  I was not until I was introduced to the American Banjo Fraternity and took a interest into the later era "classic" banjo pieces and ragtime that I started reading in…"
Jan 3
Joel Hooks replied to Rick Cicciarelli's discussion Tuning for Anthony Street Reel
"I am a little unclear about your question.  Playing scales are the basis of playing music.   The two works I linked to are instruction books on how to play the banjo using A notation and they have all the information you need to learn how…"
Dec 31, 2016
Eric Womersley replied to Rick Cicciarelli's discussion Tuning for Anthony Street Reel
"Joel What do you mean by run through the scales ... and what are the banjo specific edits? Thanks Eric"
Dec 31, 2016
Joel Hooks replied to Rick Cicciarelli's discussion Tuning for Anthony Street Reel
"All it would take is 5 minutes when you start each practice session.  Run through the scales of the three "natural" keys of the banjo with the relative minors.  Learn the various banjo specific edits. I'd say, since you…"
Dec 31, 2016
Manfred Kilian replied to Rick Cicciarelli's discussion Tuning for Anthony Street Reel
Dec 30, 2016
Rick Cicciarelli replied to Rick Cicciarelli's discussion Tuning for Anthony Street Reel
"I actually know how to read music (many years playing the trumpet way back in the early school years).  So I guess half the battle is done.  Figuring out where those notes actually are on the banjo....that will take some work.  I…"
Dec 29, 2016
Joel Hooks replied to Rick Cicciarelli's discussion Tuning for Anthony Street Reel
"Hi Rick,  I recommend learning notation-- it is easy!   There should be a "sticky" or something covering this subject as it can be confusing. First, let's strike the word "tuning" from the discussion.  To a…"
Dec 29, 2016
Manfred Kilian replied to Rick Cicciarelli's discussion Tuning for Anthony Street Reel
Dec 29, 2016

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Deering Goodtime & Wunderlich Boucher

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