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For the provenance of this tune, and for the tab by Jim Dalton, go to http://minstrelbanjo.ning.com/forum/topics/early-black-banjo-piece

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Comment by Paul Draper on August 6, 2012 at 8:53am

This piece, as well as its tuning, has been discussed in various contexts in the forum pages of this site.  I found it going through some of Tim's videos.  When I heard it, I knew I had heard it many times before -- but where?  The answer, of course, is Clarke Buehling's "Morceau" on his "Out of His Gourd" CD.  I set about learning it and once I fro'd de banjo out a' tune - in this case "double G" tuning - the tune seemed to play itself.  Then I discovered Jim Dalton's tab and notes (thank you, Jim!) and I realized there is more to this little tune than what first meets the ear.  After ten recordings I thought I'd  got the little variations right, but now as I watch and listen I see that I haven't....  But, it's still a great little tune and it's begging for percussion... 

Comment by rick Ceballos on August 6, 2012 at 11:45am
Clark Buehling has this recorded on David Hyatt's gourd banjo site and calls it Buckdance
Comment by Paul Draper on August 6, 2012 at 12:02pm

Hmmm... The "Buck Dance" recorded by Buehling for Hyatt's gourd banjo site is another tune:  http://www.dhyatt.com/music/David_Hyatt/cbdh_BuckDance.mp3    "Morceau" recorded by Clarke Buehling is also on Hyatt's gourd banjo site: http://www.dhyatt.com/music/Clarke_Buehling/CB_Morceau_didlake.mp3

Comment by rick Ceballos on August 6, 2012 at 1:00pm

Your right, I always get those two mixed up

Comment by Carl Anderton on August 6, 2012 at 3:34pm

Really good, Paul.  One of the best versions of this quirky little piece.

Comment by Paul Draper on August 6, 2012 at 4:12pm

Thanks for your kind words, Carl.

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