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The first two are from Tim Twiss' book of 27 tunes from Septimus Winner's New Primer for the Banjo, 1864; the third is from Briggs' Banjo Instructor, 1855.

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Comment by Al Smitley on December 3, 2014 at 2:41pm

That was about as steady and accurate as possible!

Comment by Paul Draper on December 3, 2014 at 3:34pm
You should've heard my first few attempts!
Comment by Tim Twiss on December 3, 2014 at 11:13pm

I really think this book extends the repertoire for the beginner. Lots of quality, and some variation of styles. The Hard Times are good examples. It doubles up on the classics like Dan Tucker, Boatman, Mary Blane, Lucy Long. I also think the Yankee Doodle is tops. You get a few of those hand spins, but it is not unreasonable.

Comment by Paul Draper on December 4, 2014 at 12:02am
The Winner tunes are pretty much boiled down to their essence, nothing fancy. This leaves lots of room for personal variations if that is desired.

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