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Boatman's Dance (Mark Campbell and Joe Ayers) LIVE on WTJU

Master musicians Joe Ayers (Banjo) and Mark Campbell (Fiddle) performing "Boatman's Dance" LIVE on Tell Us A Tale, September 11, 2011 http://wtju.net http://...

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Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on January 17, 2012 at 1:18am
OUTSTANDING!!
Comment by flatfoot johnny on January 17, 2012 at 1:57pm
woo... i love this!
Comment by Paul Ely Smith on January 17, 2012 at 10:48pm
I have some questions about the fiddle style. The minstrel banjo tune books and methods actually lay out a variety of approaches to playing the banjo in the style, but are there the equivalent methods for violin playing from the period? How do fiddle players decide how to proceed in this music? I know that playing minstrel tunes in the more chordal, riffy clawhammer banjo style is not too popular here, but is its companion Appalachian fiddle style (what Mark Campbell appears to be doing here) thought to date from the mid-19th century?
Comment by Mark Weems on January 21, 2012 at 11:34pm
good question, Paul. You should post a new Topic up on the site and get a discussion going about it.
Comment by Tim Twiss on January 23, 2012 at 11:14pm

What a steady and lovely groove!

Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on January 23, 2012 at 11:35pm

To Paul's question; I play the fiddle as well, and most of the songs that I am learning for the minstrel banjo I also learn on the fiddle. I just read the sheet music and of course play the melody. The hard time I have is taking a tune from reading the sheet music and give it that stroke style pattern to the music on my banjo. Unless the tune is written for the early banjo style of playing, I have a hard time figuring out how to approach the song as it would be played on the banjo.  Defiantly a different topic. 

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