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From Frank Converse's Analytical Banjo Method (1886), played here on my Luscomb No. 2 banjo set up with minstrel strings.

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Comment by Paul Draper on March 22, 2014 at 1:27pm

Recorded this last night on my Luscomb No. 2 banjo.  It's been a while since I last played this tune, so I may have misremembered parts.  I overstepped some of those triplets.

Comment by Rob Morrison on March 22, 2014 at 7:37pm

Paul--Excellent!  Love the syncopation and bluesy riffs.  That my kinda banjo music, slick and sleazy, goes down easy.

Comment by Al Smitley on March 22, 2014 at 8:23pm

So long as I'm not going to get pummeled, slow this down a speck and I'll play it with you at Antietam.

Comment by Paul Draper on March 22, 2014 at 11:24pm
Thanks Rob. Al, looking forward to it!
Comment by Bob Lanham on March 23, 2014 at 6:39am

Thanks for posting - good stuff!  The Analytical method seems to have a lot of great pieces in it.  I hope to explore it more, one of these years.

Comment by Ian Bell on March 23, 2014 at 2:19pm
The coolest of the cool old banjo tunes. If Link Wray had been a minstrel banjo player...
Comment by Tim Twiss on March 23, 2014 at 3:03pm

yes....and this is one that amazes me, by virtue of the fact that the notation communicates this infectious groove. Feel is music, but rhythm...is math.

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