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Chicago Jig at the request of Tim, and the catchy JB Polka. Now where have I heard that tune before?

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Comment by Tim Twiss on August 12, 2010 at 1:45pm
Nice Rob. I guess Dobson had trouble with the high part of Rail Road Polka (ha ha).
I like your version of Chicago Jig. I think it is a good minor key song, and one of the gems of the Dobson Book (that is, one that wasn't lifted from somewhere else).
Comment by Ian Bell on August 12, 2010 at 2:39pm
What is the Dobson Book?
Comment by Rob MacKillop on August 12, 2010 at 3:28pm
Ah, yes, Railroad Polka with the high part missing. It's in Buckley Method of 1860, and with quite a few changes in the George C. Dobson New System For The Banjo of 1877, which is what I played above. So why on Earth did I say it was from Buckley 1868? I think I'm becoming senile. I've lost count of how many times in the last month I've got Buckley and Dobson mixed up. I'd better get back to Converse...no doubts there.
Comment by Tim Twiss on August 12, 2010 at 3:57pm
It's another banjo method, reissued and available (link help somebody...Captain ???) You have to really sift through it to find something new in it. Usually the tunes are "watered down" a bit. Not a part of the true Canon. (ha ha). The Chicago Jig was one good one.
Comment by Rob MacKillop on August 12, 2010 at 4:46pm
Here it is. I like the book very much.

http://www.captainfiddle.com/dobsonsbanjo.html
Comment by Ian Bell on August 12, 2010 at 6:49pm
Thanks Rob, I just ordered a copy. I'll try not to think about all the other tunes books cluttering up the house. If I learned all the tunes in any one of them I'd probably be set for life...they're just so darned fun to buy!
Comment by Ian Bell on August 12, 2010 at 10:55pm
stunning

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