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G.P. Knauff's Virginia Reels For Old-Time Banjo!

O.K. finally out after 7 years! 30 tunes published in 1839 in banjo tab. Wonderful Foreword by Thistle & Shamrock's Fiona Ritchie! Tab has both minstrel period tuning and modern pitch tunings for clawhammer players. Get yours right here: https://www.earlybanjotraditions.com/books

I also have a few new copies of Brigg's Book that I found recently. Once they are gone that's it!

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Comment by Al Smitley on June 27, 2019 at 5:31am

Mark, I'm definitely interested.  Is it music notation or TAB?

Comment by Mark Weems on June 27, 2019 at 9:08am

Both. But the notation simply follows the tab, so if you were playing fiddle you could follow the melody well enough, just don't play the thumb string notes!

Comment by Al Smitley on June 28, 2019 at 1:07pm

The Knauff Collection is confusing to me.  I've copied several in small series' but was never sure if I had the whole thing.  Can you tell me how many tunes are in the complete series?  Are they all included in your publication or some of your favs?

Comment by Mark Weems on June 28, 2019 at 11:37pm

35. I've tabbed out 27 of them. And also added three other virginia reels from a competitor! So I have 30 in the book.

Comment by Al Smitley on June 29, 2019 at 4:24am

Thanks, Mark.  I'll compare that to what I have.

Comment by John Masciale on July 1, 2019 at 9:32am

The manuscripts were written for piano, and some of them simply do not translate well to the banjo.  The use of the bass is pretty extraordinary. I am definitely interested in seeing what you have done with them!

Comment by Paul Draper on July 2, 2019 at 6:27pm

Just ordered mine. Thanks Mark!

Comment by Mark Weems on July 2, 2019 at 7:14pm

Thanks Paul. Love to hear you play some of this stuff! I plan on putting up videos for all the songs as soon as I get back from the Swannanaoa Gathering. Coming to Sweeney Convergence?

Comment by Paul Draper on July 2, 2019 at 9:25pm

Yes, planning on it

Comment by Chris Prieto on July 9, 2019 at 9:31pm

Been enjoying playing some of these the last few days. Was pleasantly surprised when I saw it for sale :)


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