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John Diamond’s Walk Around, with a little bit of Buckley’s thrown in. Both from Rice, 1858.

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Comment by Timothy Twiss on January 22, 2021 at 10:11am
Nice. That cluster of notes in Walk Around is a challenge to interpret.
Comment by Paul Draper on January 22, 2021 at 10:21am

Yes - I’ve never been able to play it exactly as written and make it sound good, so I settled for this simpler version.  It will always be a mystery to me. 

Comment by Timothy Twiss on January 22, 2021 at 12:40pm

I think it is a fiddle tune. You can tell by the lack of thumb string upward stem. Many in his fiddle books look similar. Buckley's "banjo" tunes seem conveniently interchangeable as fiddle tunes....like the entire second half of the 1860 book. Would work as a glissando easily.

Comment by Paul Draper on January 22, 2021 at 12:51pm

I wonder if Al plays this one....  Al, if you’re listening?

Comment by Al Smitley on January 22, 2021 at 2:26pm

Not sure if you mean me, Paul.  If so, I play "John Diamond's Walk Around" on banjo and have done so on fiddle but would probably need to practice it to revisit the bowing on the 'B' part to become more comfortable.  I've never tried Buckley's, however.  If you were not referring to me, then I will await, with interest, another "Al"'s response.

Comment by Paul Draper on January 22, 2021 at 3:57pm

There’s only one Al I know.... good to hear from you. 

Comment by Timothy Twiss on January 22, 2021 at 5:25pm

Paul is talking about the second tune inserted into this 

Comment by Al Smitley on January 23, 2021 at 5:52am

I'd have to look at the music.  Maybe I'll look at it today.

Comment by Al Smitley on January 23, 2021 at 6:12am

It's written in 'C' but it almost seems like that final 'F' in the run should be a 'F#".  Do you two use the 'F' natural?

Comment by Al Smitley on January 23, 2021 at 6:17am

I guess I could go either way, so I suppose as written, then.

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