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From Turner's 60 Breakdowns, Jigs and Hornpipes by Herbert J. Ellis, ca 1900. Thanks to Andy Chase for introducing this book to me, and inspiring me to learn...

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Comment by Tom Taggart on November 24, 2018 at 4:12pm

Nice Paul.

Comment by Paul Draper on November 25, 2018 at 9:31am

Thanks, Tom. Andy Chase does a real nice classic finger-style version of it:   https://youtu.be/sU_-63vKp6k

Comment by david caron on December 2, 2018 at 9:48am

Very nice. Do you know where I can find Turner's 60 Breakdowns, Jigs and Hornpipes? 

Comment by Paul Draper on December 2, 2018 at 4:50pm

Hi David - I've tried to "re-find" it since I downloaded it some time ago, but to no avail. I can't recall where I got it. I thought maybe the classic-Ning site, or internet archive...but I guess not. Sorry. Maybe someone else knows?  It's a nice book by the way -  the tunes are pretty easy to read, and interesting. C notation. 

Comment by Joel Hooks on December 3, 2018 at 10:23am

These were all posted on the late Hal Allert's Classicbanjo.com website which is no longer active (but his classicbanjoradio.com site is sill maintained by his daughters).

Putting these up on the internet archive has been on my list but I just have not done it.  Paul, all this stuff is in the public domain so feel free to upload the PDF to the internet archive.  I'll likely continue to forget to do it (I am currently digitizing all of the 5-Stringers).

Comment by Joel Hooks on December 3, 2018 at 10:24am

I should add that I think Hal got most of what he posted from Marc Smith (trapdoor) who has been extreamly generous with his collection.


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