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Briggs' Corn Shucking Jig" from the Briggs 1855 banjo instructional tutor book. Minstrel era stroke style banjo.
Brian on fiddle, Lisa on fretless Stichter model minstrel banjo made by Terry Bell. Home made music by the hearth while the snow flies outside.

Tags: Briggs, Corn, Jig, Shucking, Stichter, More…Strumelia
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Comment by Tim Twiss on January 25, 2014 at 7:14pm

I like the counterpoint of the fiddle. Tambo is a nice touch.

Comment by Al Smitley on January 25, 2014 at 9:36pm

Is Brian playing in a non-standard violin tuning?  Just wondering.  He has a Scandinavian sound.

Comment by Strumelia on January 25, 2014 at 10:12pm

Hi Al.  It's like a fiddle D tuning but lower.

Comment by Strumelia on January 25, 2014 at 10:14pm

P.S. must be the beard...makes him look like a Hummel player.

Comment by Bob Lanham on January 26, 2014 at 7:12am

I like the way you get that pull-off in there in the 3rd measure of the 1st part.  It's a small detail, but it adds something nice.

Comment by Strumelia on January 26, 2014 at 8:02am

Thanks Bob!  That pulloff is actually there as Briggs wrote it, so I can't claim 'creative composure'.  ;D

I too always see that little pulloff note as a sweet little touch in the tune.

Comment by Strumelia on January 26, 2014 at 8:10am

Brian and I feel a sort of 'traveling calliope show' thing in this tune, by the way, so that's how we approach it.

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