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I blogged my way through Briggs' and Rice as I was recording them. Time to settle down and attack the Buckley 1860. My car car is out of commission, it's getting cold, I have a nice banjo....so here I go. Front to back...the instrumentals. It's a chance to comment on them as i go, with remarks about stroke or fingerstyle choices, and wrong note included in score. No need to respond if you don't don't want to, but this will go on for a while. As I do them, they will be for sale on my music site.



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Comment by Tim Twiss on November 5, 2012 at 9:06am

Depends upon your point of view...yes, AND no.

I like it.

I'll post it both ways.

Comment by Tim Twiss on November 5, 2012 at 10:16am

Okay, 3 down. Getting back into the groove. Somehow these tunes i dismiss with a quick reading always grow on me more when I put a good effort into playing them right. I did pg 14....Ramsey's Waltz, Matthew's Waltz, and pg 15 Bill newcomb's Jig. I'll be setting it up on my music site. The math with be like this....25 cents a tune, 116 songs broken down into 2 volumes. That puts each one under $15.00 if done bulk...or onesy twosy. I'm going to cross refernce Tom Briggs' Jig with the others I know of

Comment by Tim Twiss on November 6, 2012 at 10:46pm

Got tripped up a bit on Tom Briggs' Jig...pg15. Trickey....played it all fingerstyle.

Comment by Tim Twiss on November 6, 2012 at 11:26pm

2 more...went pretty quick. Levetts and The Bell Jig. On a journey.....should come out with a better understanding and cleaner chops by the time I finish this whole thing.


Comment by Tim Twiss on November 7, 2012 at 7:15am

Back to Stroke....Lincolnshire jig, which turned out to be Harvest Home. Solo variatiuons on Positions turned out to be a surprise. It sounds like an Etude from the title, but would be a nice piece...surprised it wasn't given an actual title. Chromatic movement....very cool. SO.....page 16 done.

Comment by Tim Twiss on November 8, 2012 at 12:17am

That was fun! The Yankee Doodle, pg 17. Not near as good as the Briggs' variations. I guess he is making a point about mixing "picking" and "striking", which I did.

Comment by Tim Twiss on November 8, 2012 at 9:13am

Added Price's Waltz and Jig Hornpipe. Jig Hornpipe, one of my favorites....it also feels like a little bach piece or something...such a balanced and well constructed line. I played the second part in a closed position. BTW, Lincolnshire is actually "Off To California" and not Harvest Home as I said earlier.


Comment by Tim Twiss on November 8, 2012 at 9:23am

Entering the "cream of the oreo" now....all the greatest Stroke tunes in the book. The next several pages will be a delight.

Comment by Tim Twiss on November 8, 2012 at 9:53am

It is fun to play and really try on these tunes we often blow over. I am guilty of that....so many in the front...

Comment by Paul Draper on November 8, 2012 at 12:31pm
Which banjo(s) are you using for these tunes?


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