For enthusiasts of early banjo
I'm gaining a real appreciation for Buckley's arrangements. They don't always flow as smoothly as Converse's, but they're clever in their own ways.
Yea, I like Buckley a lot. He does not come right out and give it to you...but there's always a way.
Yea, that's what I do. It works out for me on a consistent basis.
In fact, so much of this stuff is well suited to hybrid playing. I see it a whole lot in the 1868 as I slug through it again...I'm doing a bit more with the finger style.
I found, working on my Gottschalk arrangements, that switching to fingerstyle for the arpeggiated sextuplets was the most comfortable way to play them, even though it is possible to execute them using stroke style. Then I discovered that similar mixes of right hand technique are found in West African performance practice as well as in early 20th century African-American plucked lute (that is, banjo and guitar) performance practice. That led me to experiment with playing other passages using a mix of techniques where that was the most natural way to play the passage. Whether or not minstrels were doing this (I suspect they were), it makes sense that other banjo players were doing it.
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