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O'er the Crossing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob Mohr on Friday. 4 Replies

Mark Weems's version of Mister Banjo inspired me to finally purchase Slave Songs of the United States 1867. I found O'er the Crossing, derived in Caroline County where I live. So, I decided to try to…Continue

Picking question for Tim

Started this discussion. Last reply by Timothy Twiss Oct 17. 6 Replies

I noticed that as you play, at times your thumb sits on top of your index finger. I can't tell if you're playing strings with your thumb in that position or is it all index finger??

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Jordan Is A Hard Road To Travel

"Great! I'll certainly keep that in mind for next year. I live near Fredericksburg, so not a bad little trip. Thanks!!"
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Rob Mohr commented on James Pentecost's video
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"When is the Sweeney Convergence??"
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Rob Mohr replied to Rob Mohr's discussion O'er the Crossing
"I think I follow what you're saying. Play with both and figure out which is better... Apologies for not being able to speak intelligently about music. But, I can sure I-IV-V the heck out of a tune!! LOL So, I tend to refer to everything in…"
Friday
Strumelia replied to Rob Mohr's discussion O'er the Crossing
"I'd recommend you go into Briggs  key of G simply to make it simpler to figure this song out.  After you have it tabbed out or can play it by ear, then you can tune all your strings up and down and see if it plays ok from there. …"
Friday
Rob Mohr replied to Rob Mohr's discussion O'er the Crossing
"Thanks for the album recommendation!! It's definitely going in the cart... I'm tuned to eAEG#B (a step above Briggs). My banjo is just better in this tuning than Briggs. Anyways, I thought it fit well into the open 2d string w/ all the…"
Friday
Strumelia replied to Rob Mohr's discussion O'er the Crossing
"Rob, the book has it written out in the key of Aflat (Ab).  What key are you tabbing/playing it transposed to?   Here you can buy/listen to the song transposed to key of C (with I think an accidental Bb not in it- (not…"
Friday
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O'er the Crossing

Mark Weems's version of Mister Banjo inspired me to finally purchase Slave Songs of the United States 1867. I found O'er the Crossing, derived in Caroline County where I live. So, I decided to try to tab it out. Mind you, I don't read music. But, I impressed myself because I think I have some pretty good bones for it, but I'm pretty sure I messed up the higher parts. It seems to fit the minstrel tuning really well. That said, does anyone have a tab or recording for it? I haven't seen any on the…See More
Friday
Timothy Twiss replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Picking question for Tim
"Converse, in 1886, claimed that there are but 2 movements to Stroke Style banjo...the Hammer and the Combination. I have found this to be a truth 99% of the time. "
Oct 17
Rob Mohr replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Picking question for Tim
"Exactly...it seems like comfort and reinforcement....I can see why he does it. Every now and then it feels like my thumb gets lost, so it's always there and in tune (no pun intended) w/ the rest of the stroke..."
Oct 17
Al Smitley replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Picking question for Tim
"I don't know if this is what Tim does or not but your description (Strum) sounds like what I do when/if I back up someone on guitar.  I hold my thumb against my index finger as if I were holding a pick but instead, use my finger nail, down…"
Oct 17
Strumelia replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Picking question for Tim
"I remember reading long ago Tim discussing how he 'reinforces' his index finger hits with his thumb resting against his index finger (Tim can you find where you wrote about this a few years ago?) ...especially when hitting multiple notes…"
Oct 17
Rob Mohr replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Picking question for Tim
"Great! Thanks!...I've been trying to figure that out. Tough to see in videos. I'm trying to refine my stroke and not be so sloppy from typical clawhammer chord playing. This takes a lot more precision...thanks again!!"
Oct 16
Timothy Twiss replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Picking question for Tim
"No...all finger. The "Hammer Stroke" BAM"
Oct 16
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Picking question for Tim

I noticed that as you play, at times your thumb sits on top of your index finger. I can't tell if you're playing strings with your thumb in that position or is it all index finger??
Oct 16
Rob Mohr commented on Mark Weems's video
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Musieu Bainjo Mister Banjo

"Just a nice bouncy little tune..."
Oct 15

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
minstrelbanjo.com
How long have you played banjo?
7 years
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Bell Stichter, Backyard Music fretted & fretless, Carver Gourd, Flint Hills resonator

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