Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

From the Converse yellow book, 1865.

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Comment by Wes Merchant on April 20, 2018 at 12:48pm
Comment by Paul Draper on April 20, 2018 at 11:01pm

Thanks Wes. The party quickly spirals out of control because of the "accidint", (fueled by alcohol, of course...)

Comment by Strumelia on April 21, 2018 at 9:59am

Paul, is there any fingering indication in the original?  The second part seems to flow well, but the first part seems like it must be awkward to play with so many successive lead hits and so few thumbed notes to facilitate smoothness.  I would have a terrible time playing it.  If no fingering is indicated, maybe there's a way to smooth out the first part by adding a couple of thumb notes so the hand can rock back and forth more naturally... what do you think?

BTW I loved those lyrics posted by Wes!

Comment by Paul Draper on April 21, 2018 at 5:53pm

Hi Lisa, you're right, the 1st part is clumsy to play (I used mostly thumbs as indicated in the tutor) and the second part is more naturally "banjo" given the opportunity of finger-thumb combos.  Banjo is tuned dGDF#A, and I'm playing in A minor I believe. (The original is in B minor).  Here's the first part:

Comment by Paul Draper on April 21, 2018 at 5:58pm

(so the opening note is 3rd string open (D))

Comment by Chris Prieto on April 22, 2018 at 9:46am

Nice n funky, Paul! it's such a weird tune and the first half is oddly thumby but it works. I've been trying to pin it down forever on video but maybe I will try again today.

Comment by Chris Prieto on April 22, 2018 at 9:54am

Also never suspected this song was packing such a fun chorus. Deff a funner song than I imagined.

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