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For enthusiasts of early banjo

Phil Rice's Excelsior Jig, 1858. One of those tunes where the thumb does most of the work. The "x"s in the score are thumb-strikes.

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Comment by Dave Culgan on January 6, 2014 at 3:24pm

Sounds so good Paul. I've been wanting to learn this one, so now inspired I will give it a go.

Comment by Paul Draper on January 6, 2014 at 3:37pm

Thanks Dave.  PS -- do you guys ever play in the Albany NY area?

Comment by Dave Culgan on January 6, 2014 at 3:46pm

I don't recall ever doing any performances there. We did go to a "Civil War Music" event in Windham New York years ago,  but amazingly there was no early banjo playing going on. It would be fun to drop in on them again with a large contingent.

Comment by Paul Draper on January 6, 2014 at 3:50pm

Let me know if you ever do - I'm not far from Windham.

Comment by James Pentecost on January 6, 2014 at 4:22pm

Sounds great, Paul!  I believe I will give it a try.

Comment by Paul Draper on January 6, 2014 at 4:54pm
Go for it! It's a fun one.
Comment by Strumelia on January 6, 2014 at 5:27pm

You play that one so smoothly and prettily, Paul!  That tune sounds right when it's rolling smoothly.

I like how the different parts are connected but yet different enough, each holding their own.

Are you actually playing all the thumbs as written?

P.S. Love your new avatar...one of them "not-quite-Siamese", eh?  ;D

Comment by Paul Draper on January 6, 2014 at 5:42pm

Yes - I'm playing all the thumbs exactly as written.  The finger only plays the 1st string - all other strings are played with the thumb.

Thanks - yep that's Zola, or "Zo-Zo that cat-faced boy" 

Comment by Mark Weems on January 6, 2014 at 8:49pm

Very nice playing Paul.

Comment by Strumelia on January 6, 2014 at 10:16pm

yep that's Zola, or "Zo-Zo that cat-faced boy"

OMG, love it!

I found one of little Rufus' baby kitten teeth in the food bowl today...he's teething!

("Rufus Rastus Johnson Brown"...what's he gonna do when the rent comes 'round?)

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