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A few obscure ones from the back of the Rice 1858 Book. Using a Bell gourd banjo.

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Comment by Paul Draper on August 2, 2014 at 9:22am
That last one is still a mystery as to how to play it.
Comment by Tim Twiss on August 2, 2014 at 10:37am

I learned some tips from the great Tommy Tedesco years ago re: interpreting scores. Thinking about intent and result. In something like this, I see a line sort of difficult to play...that second cluster. What you look at is the composer ( or transcriber's ) intent. It is a rise starting on one pitch and ending on another. The math of the line does not quite work out, but I see it as hauling ass up to that note. Play it, and try to imagine what the player intended...keeping a groove. Some things defy transcription in any exact sense. Anyway, this is what I made of it. If someone else has an idea, man...I am all ears.

Comment by Wes Merchant on August 2, 2014 at 1:33pm
How different do you find that 2nd one to Moll Shurkie's from the Emmett Manuscripts?
Comment by Paul Draper on August 2, 2014 at 10:01pm
Thanks, I'll keep that in mind. It's a technical issue for me -- figuring out how to get my fingers do what I hear in my head. I won't give up on it yet....


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