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" Song of the week" = SONG OF THE MONTH for Nick :)
Kinda rough but getting there. Great song for working up the neck and back.
Keep em coming Tim! What's next?

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Comment by Strumelia on February 9, 2014 at 5:14pm

Well done Nicholas!  I like the somewhat dry and hollow resonant tone of that banjo.   :)

Comment by Tim Twiss on February 9, 2014 at 5:56pm

Yea man, nice going. I knew you would show up pretty soon...ha ha. keep up the good work. You like it up high??

Comment by Wes Merchant on February 9, 2014 at 6:03pm

Sounds good! Maybe at some point we should  give equal time to the South and look at Wade Hampton's Hornpipe of or General Longstreet's Reel from Ryan's. 

Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on February 9, 2014 at 6:19pm

Thanks Tim, that was an interesting song, really made me have to let go of the fear of jumping up and down the neck quickly. still have a ways to go. Good stuff though.

Thank you sir may I have another!

Comment by Tim Twiss on February 9, 2014 at 6:23pm

Yea! Want to stay off the grid, or pull one out of the tutors?

Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on February 9, 2014 at 6:23pm

Wes I would love to get a copy of" Wade Hampton's Hornpipe". I am in a reenacting unit out here, and it is The Hampton Legion Company G "Claremont Rifles". That would be an appropriate song to learn indeed.

Let me know.

Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on February 9, 2014 at 6:25pm

It is a 13" Jay Moschella. Got a sweet low end punch.

Comment by Tim Twiss on February 9, 2014 at 6:35pm

Well, I looked at it, and Wade Hampton's in Ryan's would be a challenge. it is written in Bb, so our arranging skills and concepts will be needed. Look it over...and the 2 or 3 that want to should dig in. Certainly possible...as are nearly all fiddle tunes.

Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on February 9, 2014 at 6:51pm

Yep! I found it. Well to  be honest I was shooting to get this learned on the fiddle as well. So I'm half way there. This one might be difficult for me to figure out on banjo... maybe not. Will see if I can even get it going on the fiddle well enough to give it credit.

Still open for a new tune suggestion!

Comment by Wes Merchant on February 9, 2014 at 7:00pm

It's a tune that showed up in the Empire hornpipe collection out of Scotland in the late 1880's and is still played today in some Irish Session circles, often in G. This is from the Empire collection. Personally I wood do it in A and tune the banjo up a half step if I was playing with a fiddler. I think I have in G somewhere, I'll post it when I find it.

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