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The Phil Rice arrangement from his 1858 book.

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Comment by Paul Draper on September 7, 2012 at 12:45pm

This piece exemplifies why I love playing tunes from this era -- fun and challenging...

Comment by Tim Twiss on September 8, 2012 at 8:10am

I like this one too. Nice job playing.

It's Juba on steroids.

Comment by Paul Draper on September 8, 2012 at 8:49am
Thanks Tim. Once again I used your recording in conjunction with Rice's notation. I tried to use the thumb and finger as indicated in Rice's score. At first it was a little clumsy but now it's OK.
Comment by Tim Twiss on September 8, 2012 at 9:28am

Yea, the fingerings felt a little funny at first. I grew to trust the book more and more. Only way to see their intention is to give it a fair shake..."Try it...you'll like it".

Comment by Strumelia on September 8, 2012 at 9:31am

Wow, that one looks a bit hard to me!

Great tone, Paul.

Comment by Tim Twiss on September 15, 2012 at 6:43am

i remember hearing this one one the Rounder collection by Joe Ayers. I found it to sound so different. I really liked it, especially with the percussion...hitting all those stops in what seemed a very odd arrangement.

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