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Tom Berghan - Early Banjo, Tim Miller - Percussion. Recorded November 14, 2017
Nice experiment! Cool sound.
Tom, what tuning are you using?
ok so that's 'high bass tuning' ....a 2.5 steps lower equivalent of standard oldtime G tuning. Maybe i'm mistaken, but it sounds to me like you are playing in clawhammer style. To me, there are more similarities than differences between clawhammer and minstrel style playing, but still they play and sound different from each other. I feel that clawhammer directly evolved from minstrel/stroke style over time... though others disagree with that. I do love the sound you've got going there, with your greasy slides and with Tim on percussion! I also enjoyed your presentation in the first part of the video. :)
Really nice. I appreciate the mini history at the begining as well.
I think percussion has been sadly underutilized in general when we play this minstrel repertoire. Due in part to our socially isolated settings, we're all too busy sitting and playing alone in front of a camera or mirror or laptop. Sad! Finding a friend who can play any kind of drum, tambo, triangle, bones, or even beat on an oatmeal box... or whatever... is a wonderful thing and really brings the music alive, IMHO.
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