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I'm licking my chops.....looking at that Green Converse Book. When to start...? I seem to get posessed by it once I start, so I have to make sure the rest of life is in order first...ha ha.

I plan on that and the Buckley 1868 soon.

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Comment by Ian Bell on January 13, 2013 at 7:12pm
Give us a signal if you think some sort of intervention is appropriate.
Comment by Tim Twiss on January 13, 2013 at 7:14pm

Peek into my cave....if I am drooling, unfed, and smelly...I've been in there too long.

Comment by Tim Twiss on January 15, 2013 at 6:49am

I cannot hold back any longer. I'll start it today. I'm not going to blog every day, but maybe at the end to let you all know it is done. This is such a nicely organized book that covers styles, keys, and such in an understandable way. I'm still not certain how the publication of both books at the same time worked out. Anyway...here we go.

Comment by Tim Twiss on January 16, 2013 at 12:52am

Oh, there it goes. Eight tunes....what the heck. The banjo is sounding fabulous, and I felt like it. Having just done the Yelow Book paved the way.  

Comment by Tim Twiss on January 17, 2013 at 12:52am


13 tunes...up to page 24. Realizing...it's a pretty chunky book. First one to really break up the styles and provide direction. Methodically mving through the keys.

Comment by Tim Twiss on January 17, 2013 at 9:04am


Money Musk is one that appears often, and is relatively unchanged. It has a long history. RH for recording is around 40-42%. The banjo, I am going for a very open and natural sound...really letting the low overtones ring out....giving each note it's full weight. Even though it is and eighth note..or a sixteenth even, it has a full value. Concentration on that is an aide to help me not rush.

Comment by Tim Twiss on January 17, 2013 at 10:34pm

Up through page 27, where the key signature is "D". The banjo is still thought of as being in "E". It can give one reason to rethink the Buckley fiddle tunes...or fiddle tunes in general. Take note of Antietam Jig".

Comment by Tim Twiss on January 19, 2013 at 9:20am


Finished page 31. Realizing what a large book this is. It will be broken down into 2 volumes of 39 songs each. Touching on some of the many Irish songs in the book. So glad it is fingered and explained...unlike the Buckley, which leaves you out there swimming and wondering.

Comment by Tim Twiss on January 21, 2013 at 7:42am


Up to page 34. If you like minor jigs, try Cum Plum Gum Jig.

Comment by Tim Twiss on January 21, 2013 at 10:59pm

Added John Anderson Jig, Blue Eagle Jail, Blarney Jig, and Mrs. Grundy. Mrs. Grundy is listed as the composer...ha, now who is THAT? FBC claims to be composer of several of these typ tunes. Minor jigs, and Irish sounding. A great spot in the book. Only a couple of pages away from the (gulp) fingerstyle section. Do i borrow a fretted for this task, or continue to ride bareback???


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