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Andantino in G Major, composed by Ferdinando Carulli and published in 1825. Performed on guitar, banjo and bass banjo.

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Comment by Tom Berghan on May 16, 2017 at 12:11pm
This performance is a fantasy of how I imagine this Andantino might have been played by African American plantation string band musicians who we know were exposed to European music traditions and in some cases schooled in the performance of European music. As this crowd knows, these musicians combined European music with their own African and Caribbean traditions and African/Caribbean instruments such as the gourd banjo, and later the Early American Banjo. I hope you enjoy it. Oh . . . and yes, there were bass banjos in the 19th century! Best Wishes, Tom
Comment by CURTIS PAYNE on May 16, 2017 at 9:12pm

is there any guitar and banjo tab or sheet music of what you played? 

Comment by Tom Berghan on May 16, 2017 at 10:06pm
Hi Curtis, There is "Sheet Music" for Carulli's Andantino in G (and he published hundreds of other works as well). I improvised both the banjo and bass-banjo parts (so no help there I'm afraid). Let me know if you want the sheet music for the guitar part.


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