For enthusiasts of early banjo
Taken from Ryan's Mammoth Collection ( fiddle ).
Nicely done and......what a great sounding gourd! ;)
Jersey Lightning....is moonshine? And that high note a hiccup? Al sort of told me you guys talked about that. He brought the song to my attention...was very cool. When I look in Ryan's and see a tune like that, ( no key signature...concert key of A minor ) I think "Rice" tuning and reference the "E" as a thumb string, even though my banjo is tuned to "D"....ha ha.
So....the concert pitch for someone playing with you is G minor. We all need to pack two banjos.
I can try it in Gm but I think fiddlers might be stuck in Am on that one because the high note 'A' in the first part, is intended to be played as a harmonic. I should say that if not for Wes Merchant showing me the tune at Antietam, this would not be a topic of discussion.........at least for today.
Actually, Gm ain't bad. I will learn both ways. The Gm just isn't as conducive to the audio effect of sliding up to the harmonic, but I think that's worth not toting an extra banjo around.
I think perhaps if this stuff really caught on, it would not be uncommon to carry 2 instruments.....the banjo being the transposing instrument it is.
Play it the same....just have the concert pitch change appropriately.
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