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From Phil Rice's Banjo Instructor, 1858.

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Comment by Andy Chase on July 9, 2012 at 4:58pm

I really like the tempo, it's stately.  This looks like a good fingering and timing exercise, yet another one onto my 'to learn' pile!

Comment by flatfoot johnny on July 10, 2012 at 2:59am

Great, as ever.... looks tricky

Comment by Paul Draper on July 12, 2012 at 8:13am

@flatfoot johnny thanks, a little bit at first - one of those tunes where the thumb is doing most of the work...

Comment by Tim Twiss on July 12, 2012 at 8:55am

Compare to the rhythmic variation found in Buckley 1860...interesting.

Comment by Paul Draper on July 12, 2012 at 9:01am

@tim twiss, is that the Jim Crow Jig, p. 21?

Comment by Rob Morrison on July 12, 2012 at 9:51am

Paul--

I learned this tune as the "Jim Crow Jig" many years ago out of the Bob Flesher book.  I like to play it because it's what I call a "thumb twister."  I'm just now working on "Gumbo Chaff," another "thumb twister," taken from Joseph Weidlich's "Early Minstrel Banjo."  I believe it's from Elias Howe.--Rob Morrison

Comment by Paul Draper on July 12, 2012 at 11:14am

Thanks Rob.  I see it has the dotted notes.  I'll have to try it that way.

Comment by Strumelia on August 2, 2012 at 11:34am

That's really pretty, Paul.  And played cleanly, with a nice lilt.  :)

Comment by Paul Draper on August 2, 2012 at 12:19pm

Thanks Strumelia.  btw Mr. Boker tells me we're gonna be jammin at Black Creek next year...

Comment by Strumelia on August 2, 2012 at 12:27pm

Who can we get to play bones and tambo for us?   :)    Maybe we can convince Gil S. to come!  I happen to know he has a big Bell minstrel tambo....

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