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The Music of Old Joe Sweeny: Father of the Five-String Banjo & American Popular Music

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Comment by CURTIS PAYNE on January 11, 2015 at 2:02pm

Nice book, got mine just before Christmas. 

Comment by Mark Weems on January 11, 2015 at 2:11pm

Thanks. Had time to play anything out of it?

Comment by CURTIS PAYNE on January 12, 2015 at 8:46pm

yes, I was having trouble with parts of Jonny Boker, And because you have the words under the tabs, I was able to pick it up.   Lot of very good information in is as well.  It's interesting that your version differs somewhat from the two versions in yours so I have sort of put them all together taking bits from each.  sort of a scrambled eggs approach to say the least. 


Comment by Mark Weems on January 12, 2015 at 8:56pm

The different versions were designed so that one could be a Briggs' like version and the other an "as is" melodic version straight from the sheet music. What is really interesting is that when I did my tab version from the original sheet music, I deliberately did not reference Briggs' version, just to see how what I came up with would compare - then I checked Briggs' version and they were 99% exactly the same. Indeed, Briggs could have even been using the sheet music when he came up with his banjo version.

Comment by Mark Weems on January 12, 2015 at 8:57pm

BTW, you don't have to scramble them together - just play the version you like best.

Comment by CURTIS PAYNE on January 13, 2015 at 6:36pm

Will I be getting information about the event in May?



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