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By H.C. Dobson c. 1884. I have the original hardcover publication.
( it's fragile )

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Comment by Timothy Twiss on September 9, 2016 at 2:07pm
Nothing real magical about it, but it is nice. Perhaps Mr. Dobson...felt otherwise.
Comment by Joel Hooks on September 9, 2016 at 3:04pm

For the chord strum sections you are supposed to do a "trick."

This was originally called the "Sangalli Dance" and was a pretty common act.

This version in this SSS Journal gives some direction as to the "tricks." 

https://archive.org/details/SSSJournalVol3No2Feb1885

"Sangalli Trick Dance" by the orignal title is in this one...

https://archive.org/details/230easypiecesfor00conv

Comment by Wes Merchant on September 9, 2016 at 6:41pm

Thanks for that Joel. Here's that page from Stewart.

Comment by Timothy Twiss on September 9, 2016 at 7:45pm

Joel...you're the trick guy - can you do this?

Comment by Timothy Twiss on September 9, 2016 at 8:08pm

I'm going to try those moves. Funny, but when I was going through it, it just seemed that there was something more to it...could not place a finger on what it was, but that makes sense.

Comment by Timothy Twiss on September 9, 2016 at 9:40pm

Someone, please elaborate upon the relationship of the Stewart and Dobson.

Comment by Timothy Twiss on September 9, 2016 at 9:55pm

Ha ha..I tried these moves. A young man's game. I'll keep going, but wow.........demanding to do it half way good.

Comment by Al Smitley on September 10, 2016 at 5:44am

Don't worry about it, old man, just keep bringing Timmy!

Comment by Joel Hooks on September 10, 2016 at 8:20am

Not sure what you are asking Tim.  In any industry people know each other and are "connected" somehow.  Swaim did take lessons in the mid 1870s or so from George Dobson (who seemed to be the most honest of the family).

I don't really understand all the instructions.  I did have a version worked up using just a few tricks.  I have to slow it down and it gets pretty receptive music wise.

Comment by Joel Hooks on September 10, 2016 at 8:22am

Oh, are you thinking that this piece is a connection?  Nah, descriptions of this start to show up in newspapers in the 1850s.  It was as common a banjo act as Spanish Fandango.  The music shows up in quite a number of later "tutors."  Common knowledge by the 1880s.

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