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Converse yellow book. One of my favorite walk-arounds.

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Comment by Paul Draper on September 29, 2014 at 8:45am

In gourds we trust.

Comment by Strumelia on September 29, 2014 at 9:54am

A pretty one, that!    :D

Comment by Wes Merchant on September 29, 2014 at 11:49am
To quote Uncle Dave, "Glory Hallelujah D***!
Comment by Tim Twiss on September 29, 2014 at 11:50am

Solid Stroke stuff....real nice Paul

Comment by Hugh Strawn on September 29, 2014 at 2:41pm

and closely "related" to Cotton Pod Walk Around? (Converse-from Tim's Early Banjo) Just curious....or maybe the same tune/different name?  My novice ear and experience level are maybe not sharp enough yet to pick up the differences.  thanx...

Comment by Paul Draper on September 29, 2014 at 3:44pm
Hugh - similar but not the same... Easy to confuse the walkarounds... There is another Matt Peel Walkaround which is totally different (green book).
Comment by Strumelia on September 29, 2014 at 4:45pm

What if all the tunes in the tutors are actually just variations of the same tune?   Like in old-time music?

(ducks and runs for cover....)

Comment by Tim Twiss on September 29, 2014 at 7:59pm

An audience thinks it is all one song...ha ha.

Comment by Tim Twiss on September 29, 2014 at 8:12pm

ps..live, I often play only one in each "style' so as not to lose or bore an audience. It does provide an opportunity to segue the similar ones together

Comment by Strumelia on September 30, 2014 at 7:34am

Some folks will keep (brow)beating the same tired rhythm on their drum no matter what tune others happen to be playing.  To them, others exist and play/talk for the sole purpose of providing them with another excuse to trot out their endless repetition.  Then they wonder why they seldom get invited to music parties.  OMG it's painful when they show up...again and again.  They can, and will, ruin the scene for everyone.

Paul, anyone can play the notes.  The real trick is to make a tune sound alive, interesting, and with a little taste of your own personality in it...even when the tunes are similar.  You do that quite well !  I love how your gourd banjo sounds.   :)   

Do you tend to like low or high action on your gourd?- and do you find the action and/or bridge needs to be different on your gourd banjo than on your regular minstrel banjos?  I have not decided that issue yet, and am still experimenting.

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