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For enthusiasts of early banjo

I first heard this tune on Tim Twiss' Grapevine Twist CD. Written by Frank B. Converse. From Converse's Analytical Banjo Method (1886). I am playing it on Bell & Son Boucher Banjo.

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Comment by Rob Morrison on January 15, 2014 at 8:19pm

Very nice performance Bob.  Good tone on the banjo, too.

Comment by Tim Twiss on January 15, 2014 at 9:22pm

Killer!! Love it. Glad to see ya posting. Fingerstyle yet. The world is at your fingertips now. You transcribed it to tab, right?

Comment by Paul Draper on January 15, 2014 at 10:57pm
This sounds great Bob! I know what tune I'm going to be working on tomorrow! Thanks for posting.
Comment by Bob Lanham on January 16, 2014 at 8:07am

Thanks for your comments!  I just posted my 2 pages of tab for "Spangle".  I'm working on learning to play straight from the notation, but as of now it's slooowww going.  Also, the tab has been transposed from A to G.

Comment by Ian Bell on January 16, 2014 at 10:40am
Love it! The little slide made me smile every time.
Comment by Paul Draper on January 16, 2014 at 1:48pm
Thanks for posting the tab Bob. Sure does shorten the learning curve.
Comment by Wes Merchant on January 16, 2014 at 6:37pm

Well played! Mr. Converse may owe a bit of a nod to  James Hill's Wonder Hornpipe which is found in Bb in the older books, but shows up in O'Neill's as Coey's set in G.

Comment by Tim Twiss on January 16, 2014 at 9:41pm

I enjoy sourcing this stuff. I have O'neills 1001 - same book?

Comment by Wes Merchant on January 16, 2014 at 11:53pm
It's in the "1850" which is available free on the web I'll post a link if you can't find it.. The Bb version is in Ryan's and may be in Kerr's Merrie melodies as well.

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