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The banjo part is from Elias Howe's Banjo Preceptor (1848). The lyrics are as sung by the Ethiopian Serenaders, Wm. Hall and Son, New York, 1848.

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Comment by Mark Weems on February 15, 2014 at 11:19pm

Thought it would be worthwhile experiment to try a Preceptor piece as a song and with accompaniment, as it might have been done on stage. The banjo part is 99% as it is found in the Preceptor. Sorry the sound quality is not very good!

Comment by Rob Morrison on February 15, 2014 at 11:41pm

Mark--Lovely tune and Gee I wish I could sing.  Also I thought the sound quality was just fine.

Comment by James Pentecost on February 16, 2014 at 9:09am

Mark, this is excellent!

Comment by Paul Draper on February 16, 2014 at 9:26am

Really nice, Mark!  Put me down for a CD!

Comment by Al Smitley on February 16, 2014 at 9:56am

Ditto on Paul's remark.  Bring them to Antietam!

Comment by Mark Weems on February 16, 2014 at 1:44pm

Thanks folks. Also, I've just went back through my copy of Mahar (p.47) and found a listing for guitar accompaniment on the minstrel stage at least as early as 1849, when one N. Kneass appears with the New Orleans Serenaders. So I don't think my choice of guitar accompaniment is anachronistic in any way.

Comment by CURTIS PAYNE on May 23, 2014 at 11:07pm

I have always liked this melody, there is another tune to it Life on the Vicksburg Bluff.  where can I get a preceptor book?

 

Comment by Mark Weems on May 24, 2014 at 12:02am
Comment by CURTIS PAYNE on May 24, 2014 at 3:48pm

Thanks once again Mark. 

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