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Timothy Twiss
  • Highland, MI
  • United States
  • 10 years
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Tune of the Week

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Draper on Thursday. 30 Replies

It sure is quiet here. Does anybody want to do something like a Tune Of The Week again?Continue

Early Banjo Resources

Started Sep 6 0 Replies

I am posting this for the benefit of the many new members we have, as well as an update to older ones.I have a book "Early Banjo" which is now out of print. I don't plan on any more. BUT.....the text…Continue

Minstrel Banjo for sale

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Draper Sep 17. 3 Replies

FOR SALE: Made by Jeff Kangas from Detroit. Maple neck and pot are stained dark with aqua fortis and have been given a hand rubbed oil finish from a 19th century formula. Hand bent pot is 12 1/4…Continue

For sale- $575.00 - free shipping in US

Started this discussion. Last reply by Timothy Twiss Jul 26. 1 Reply

FOR SALE: Made by Jeff Kangas from Detroit. Maple neck and pot are stained dark with aqua fortis and have been given a hand rubbed oil finish from a 19th century formula. Hand bent pot is 12 1/4…Continue

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Antietam Jig

"Funny....you can play these songs a million times and still see something. I've almost never played that rhythmic figure at the end of M2 as written. Not really on purpose...you just sort of do it, and then keep on doing it. Songs morph over…"
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Antietam Jig

"I'm still torturing this thing. The biggest difficulty is getting that "tumbling" sound/rhythm (especially in the 3-4th & 7-8th measures). Though, all the moving around hasn't bothered me as much as I thought it would. "
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Kiss and the Virginia Minstrels double bill

"Hahahaha LOVE IT!!!...and really, there are similarities!! Now that I think about it..."
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Paul Draper replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Tune of the Week
"Not to beat a dead horse, but if you’re  looking for economy of motion, raising the 4th allows you to play out of a  D chord formation while the banjo is tuned to E.  Plus you can end the tune with a strong D chord. That’s…"
Thursday
Rob Mohr replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Tune of the Week
"I'm the same way, Chris. I also noticed Tim was shifting rather than stretching and that helped a lot. My problem is that sometimes I'm so slow it sounds nothing like the song. So, I just work in chunks. "
Thursday
Chris Prieto replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Tune of the Week
"I think a key part for me of learning new tunes with different fingering patterns I'm not used to is to slow down. Like so slow it's almost hard to play. That allows me to appreciate the space between the notes and figure out where my…"
Thursday
Timothy Twiss replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Tune of the Week
"I notice comments about stretching to hit those opening notes. You really don'y need to. Hit one and shift to the next. There is space in between each note. "
Thursday
Timothy Twiss replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Tune of the Week
"Let's take all next week to post our results. I enjoy the side discussions that result. Anyone notice the opening motif in a few others in the Green Book?"
Thursday
Rob Mohr replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Tune of the Week
"Catching on to this slowly but surely. Man, it's a stretch!! It gets me on Jordan Am a Hard Road to Travel and messes with me a bit on Briggs' jig too... Tim, I notice you play thumb lead on this. I'll try incorporating that..."
Thursday
Chris Prieto replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Tune of the Week
"Them Bacchus tunes have forever been super challenging for me. Field trip up the neck for sure haha"
Wednesday
Trapdoor2 replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Tune of the Week
"I usually played "Jake Bacchus' Jig" using the open 3rd string. That way the next note is a "hammer-on" slur (even though it isn't actually notated as a slur of any kind). It simply makes the piece flow easier for me."
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Timothy Twiss replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Tune of the Week
"This one in particular. "
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Bell Boucher

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Buckley 1868 TAB

Posted on June 29, 2018 at 4:00pm 7 Comments

I have only 3 of these left. I will not reprint them before they go to Mel Bay this Fall. 

Go to  www.timtwiss.com to order. 

Comment Wall (14 comments)

At 10:07pm on December 11, 2015, Donovan Murphy said…

What happened to the old profile?

At 10:18pm on December 11, 2015, Timothy Twiss said…

Switched it up

At 7:15am on January 14, 2016, Al Smitley said…

That's what happens when I smile!

At 7:58am on January 14, 2016, Timothy Twiss said…

Ha ha...yea. Now I get it.       

Lurch.

At 9:11am on January 14, 2016, Al Smitley said…
At 9:48am on January 14, 2016, Timothy Twiss said…

YES...that's it

At 9:30am on March 7, 2017, Strumelia said…

Hey Tim, nice new avatar.  I recognize Al there, but who are the other two fellows?

At 10:38am on March 7, 2017, Timothy Twiss said…

Dan Bilich and Gordy Sharpe.....tuba and drums

At 4:13pm on March 7, 2017, Al Smitley said…

It's funny how this photographic method seems to make us look like we were playing music during our break at the flour mill!

At 11:29pm on March 7, 2017, Timothy Twiss said…

Ha ha Al.....you look gray.

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