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From Phil Rice's Method for the Banjo (1858) I've changed the interlude a bit to make it more friendly for solo banjo performance. Wanted to try it again with more of a blues approach but my camera died!

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Comment by Steve Jeter on April 12, 2012 at 2:52pm
like it, the song and performance
Comment by Mark Weems on April 12, 2012 at 3:03pm

Thanks, Steve for pointing this one back out to me. I'd forgotten about it!

Comment by rick Ceballos on April 12, 2012 at 3:08pm
Well done Mark, glad you made it out of the wilderness!
Comment by Rob Morrison on April 12, 2012 at 3:38pm

That sounded real good, Mark, but why does the video just under this one, marked "Down in Alabama" sound so much lke "Ruben's Train?"  Am I missing something ?.--Confused as usual--Rob Morrison

Comment by Rob Morrison on April 12, 2012 at 3:49pm

Well, there must have been some sort of computer glitch, because now the aforementioned "Ruben's Train" video has completely disappeaered from my screen.  And I haven't ingested any strange liquids or anything.  I swear.  Next time something like this happens I'll keep quiet about it.--Rob Morrison

Comment by Ian Bell on April 12, 2012 at 7:02pm

Good singing and playing! - check this song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMD2ser9lzs for some chicken or egg, sacred/secular, early-American musical genetics.

Comment by Tom Morrison on April 12, 2012 at 7:02pm

Good job.  Pretty much the same tune as the Skillet Lickers - The Old Gray Mare (Took A Kick At The Whippletree down in Alabama) from the 1920s.

Comment by Silas Tackitt on April 12, 2012 at 7:59pm

That's clean.  Nice and relaxed.  No hurry.  Great performance.  Makes me want to go back to that tune.  I've already pulled out my copy of Rice.  Time to re-tab it as I didn't care for my earlier attempt.

Comment by James Pentecost on April 15, 2012 at 5:47pm

Mark, I think it sounds great!

Comment by Mark Weems on April 24, 2012 at 9:52am

Thanks for the link, Ian! Enjoyed that a lot. 


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