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From the "Green" 1865 Converse. Played on my Allen Hart repro of the banjo in the 1855 William S. Mount painting "The Banjo Player."

Comment by Strumelia on January 25, 2014 at 6:43pm

Very nice Noah!  I like the swinginess of that tune.  Great that you have an Allen Hart banjer.  :)

I notice you are playing in C, and am I mistaken or are your strings not very tight?- have you tried tuning up a step to D to see how the string tension feels there?  What's the scale length?- looks not too long to try something like that, just to experiment.

Comment by Paul Draper on January 25, 2014 at 8:17pm

Wow Noah awesome!

Comment by Noah Cline on January 25, 2014 at 8:47pm

Strumelia, I have that banjo tuned to dGDF#A in the vid, and played it in C position, but I've tuned it to eAEG#B and down to cFCEG before. It sounds good in those pitches, but seems to sound best in D.

The scale is about 25".

I know that the original key for "Antietam Jig" is D in eAEG#B tuning.

Comment by Strumelia on January 25, 2014 at 9:26pm

Ah, I see, so you've tried it both above and below and in the middle...that's good.  :)

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