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I mostly play fiddle these days, over the years i've learned to read sheet music and have lately been very much enjoying looking through old tune books. Through leafing through stacks of old music books,over the years I've come across some gems, among them an 1864 edition of Winner's New Primer for Violin and an early edition of Howe's School for the Violin. More recently I've been looking at some of the songbooks on the web
(http://archive.org/details/beadlesdi19newy for instance ) and trying to match some of the songs with the tunes,don't know why but I find this stuff fascinating.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYO4Qi1sYt4The small ebony guide that holds the fifth string on my banjo split so I made one out of an old fiddle peg. I sized it through a hoIe I drilled in a steel plate then drilled out the old peg with the same bit and filed in a slot with a small knife edged file. i"ve strung it up with nylgut and I'm really pleased with the sound. I'll post sound clips if I came remember how to play the dang…Continue
I came across this digital book today and thought some others here might be interested. You can navigate to the various pages and songs by clicking the arrows by the bar in the center of the page, a lot of Dan Emmett songs and tunes are shown as well as some songs of the late 18th /early 19th century.
For those of you unfamiliar with Joe, he is one of the world's premier collectors early country, blues and jazz of 78's. He's also the subject of the Australian Documentary "Desperate Man Blues". I've known Joe for many years, and actually played in a band with him for a while, he's quite a character and a great resource Here's the play list : Taylor's…Continue