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From Buckley's Banjo Method, 1860. I'm dropping the triplet from the 8th measure because there's something about the seventh measure that's messing with my right hand position when I get to the eighth. Needs work.

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Comment by Paul Draper on July 5, 2014 at 6:53pm
Nice Andy. Btw I'm working on tobacco jake jig - it moves along quite well until the last part of course... So far I'm at about a 50% success rate....
Comment by Strumelia on July 5, 2014 at 6:59pm

That's the kind of timing that is really hard for me to wrap myself around for a long while, but once I get it then it seems fun and snappy.  Then i have to start all over on the next tune that's slightly different.  Hmm..nobody warned me that these tunes required work. phooey!   ;D

Good job tackling this Andy- it's more than I can do right now.  Maybe if you think hard about the triplet starting right on that ONE beat it'll come to you? 

Comment by Strumelia on July 5, 2014 at 7:00pm

P,S. is that a little Menzies gourd on the wall?

Comment by Andy Chase on July 5, 2014 at 7:29pm

Thanks everyone!  As I was recording takes I think I figured out that it's a matter of how my wrist is tilted coming out of that syncopated 7th measure.  If I pay attention to that it seems to come out OK.  Strumelia: That is my Menzies gourd, a nice little player with a black walnut neck and Boucher style peghead.  I keep it in A ("Rice") tuning and don't play it nearly often enough.  If I get that triplet down maybe I'll post another version on the gourd!


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