Wes....thanks for sending the tune I tried it. What surrounds it.......?
I was talking to Mark Weems today and we both wondered whether we had possibly missed some announcement about registration for AEBG. I know when the dates are, but by this time of the year in the past, I had already registered. Anyone have info on this?
Anyone going to AEBG that wants to try something a little different? Perhaps a duet with nice arranged parts? The Dobson "New System for the Banjo " has a few.
Added by Tim Twiss on April 24, 2014 at 8:02pm — No Comments
Voting is still open over on the Hangout. Go over there and help one of our guys win a Bell.
I wonder why this tune gets skipped over. I do not see many people do it.
Added by Tim Twiss on February 11, 2014 at 8:03am — No Comments
The whole thing about thumb strings developed from a discussion about repertoire and styles of Early Banjo. I hope someone wants to jump back in and discuss music.
Added by Jim Jacquet on February 5, 2014 at 5:19pm — No Comments
What a great night. It is like..."The Saturday Evening Post"...ha ha
Almost like getting a live concert from around the country.
I love all the new music.....different twists everyone has.
And out of nowhere comes NOAH CLINE with a strong triple.
Go man! Sounds fabulous.
Added by Tim Twiss on January 25, 2014 at 7:01pm — No Comments
The more I study and play this material, the more I realize....that repertoire expands so far beyond the first books. While they give us insight as to what the source material was, and how things were arranged....we should never be limited to those books. If that genre had lasted longer...there could have been dozens upon dozens of books. It is open to any vocal piece or linear music you can fit onto the instrument.
Added by Tim Twiss on January 24, 2014 at 12:50pm — No Comments
This resource continues to blow me away, with it's adaptability to the banjo. It's not just playing the notes from these pages, but creating some nice things within. You can make some cool things by thinking out the pulls and open string phrases. It becomes unique then. I'll post an example of a new find. I just sit down for pleasure every day and find another. With about 400 in each book, and 4 volumes.....I will not run dry for a LONG time. Not all keepers, but some are.
Added by Tim Twiss on January 23, 2014 at 8:16am — No Comments
What would YOU do??
If you get a piece of fiddle music in F? Which note do you reference as the thumb string?
I revisited this one from the Rice book of 1858. It is so deceptive...try it and see where the beat falls. It seems to turn back around on you, depending upon where you place the beat. One of the coolest and overlooked songs.
Added by Tim Twiss on January 16, 2014 at 8:19am — No Comments
I was intrigued by the cover displayed of the above tune. Does anyone have a copy of the score?..many thanks, Steve, Malvern, England.
The price was finally right...down from those crazy hundreds on ebay. Got the "Little Yellow" book for $75.00. I know we access them free, but I guess the chance to have and hold one of my own was irresistible. This is one I plan to reissue in standard notation anyway to avoid all the dialogue and page turning.
Added by Tim Twiss on November 22, 2013 at 7:25am — No Comments
...you think early banjo players re-enacted? Ditched their way cool tensioned banjos, got a funky old gourds, and sat around in Revolutionary era clothing??
Added by Tim Twiss on November 17, 2013 at 9:24pm — No Comments
Fascinating, just the pure sound of these unique banjos we have. No two are alike.....exactly. So many small variables make the instruments distinct, and couple that with the many touches and styles we have all developed...totally unique fingerprint for each person. This is part of what I enjoy about this.
I've played traditional tunes for many years. Lately I've been interested in composing in the style of Old Time and Celtic music. Does anyone do that and does it sneak into your reenactment work or at the period dances? I'm completely thrilled with the historical tunes, but have gotten a lot of joy out of composing in the styles that I love as well.