Alabama Joe was fun to gain a little insight and some different perspectives. How about next something that is contrasted in 2 books.....like Phil Rice Excelsior Jig from Rice and Jim Crow Jig from Buckley? Same tune, but treated differently rhythmically. One is straight and one has the dotted figure. The interpretation of dotted eight / sixteenth would be interesting, as well as finger possibilities.
What do you think? Try these, or something a little easier?
They may be a little intimidating for some of us newbies, but I will try anything. I had a lot of fun learning Alabama Joe. Still is a little rough but I enjoyed the trip.
Maybe one more simple one.....possibly one with the extension of thought and technique of Alabama Joe. Something we could all play in a week, maybe revisit the Rice pull.
How about "Devil's Dream" from Rice? This one utilizes many interesting techniques. It is, after all, a fiddle tune so we can examine how a banjo arrangement is birthed from another source. We can look at the original fiddle tune, as well as it's treatment in later publications like Dobson. Can we can on Wes to play it too?
That might be good. There is a reference in Rice for that song. It shows the use of a pull as opposed to a nail glide across 3 strings. This will certainly be a good topic. Plus, there is Joe Sweeney Jig in the Buckley book 1860. The words are cool too......based on a lot of factual landmarks.
Ok, well we have Briggs, Rice, as well as the sheet music here"
Let's go have some fun with this one
Carlin speaks of it in his book too.