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A selection from Knauff's Virginia Reel collection. I found the collection on Levy's tonight.

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Comment by Tim Twiss on May 24, 2015 at 10:34pm

This transcription ( or version ) Leaves the original key intact....and is a good lay on the banjo. Anyway, just sketching yet another approach to the tune. There are a lot of these...seeming to be root tunes of other things we hear.

Comment by Tim Twiss on May 26, 2015 at 8:46am

Hybrid playing...good on 3 string arpeggios. It looks hoppy, but actually is pretty easy to play.

Comment by Al Smitley on May 26, 2015 at 10:18am

Is this one you'd like to keep in your repertoire or one that passes into oblivion once it's on YouTube?

Comment by Tim Twiss on May 26, 2015 at 10:39am

It will pass I think

Comment by Strumelia on May 26, 2015 at 4:58pm

Some book instructional tunes strike me as being more exercises than tunes.  They always remind me of my (dreaded) cello lesson assignments in high school.  Just my personal slant.  Well played Tim.   :)

Comment by Tim Twiss on May 26, 2015 at 9:38pm

Strum, I'm not sure where your comment came from.

Comment by Al Smitley on May 27, 2015 at 4:04am

Seemed like Strum was under the impressions that Knauff's was an instruction book rather than a collection of tunes(?).

Comment by Strumelia on May 27, 2015 at 8:12am

Ah, no critical intention was meant.  I simply mean that some tunes remind me of instrument exercises more than others, and strike me as having more emphasis on stretching the technical skills of the player and less of being the sort of melody tune one would hum or whistle.

"where it came from"...as I mentioned, it comes from my childhood background of classical music lessons in school, and being assigned to learn the challenging exercises assigned to us.  Needless to say, we students had varied success.   I do remember fondly some of the Bach pieces we learned as exercises however.  As I said, just my personal slant when i hear some tunes.

Comment by Strumelia on May 27, 2015 at 8:15am

Al- I wasn't aware of what book it came from, or whether that book was instructional or not.  Just going by my ear and my personal response to different kinds of tunes.  Yes, my 'impressions' based on my own life experiences.  :)

Comment by Strumelia on May 27, 2015 at 8:18am

My curiosity leads me to want to know why Tim thinks this tune will be one in his repertoire that 'passes into oblivion' (as Al asked) after it's on Youtube ?  That kind of thing really interests me!


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