Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

This is a comparison of the basically same song with different titles and ornamentation, spread out over a period of 30 years. If one were to look at the manuscript, you would notice all the fingerings added to the later Converse version. The early Briggs' is relatively sparse in comparison. The end result is quite similar, the later version being fancier, possibly reflecting the improvisations and alterations that happened to this popular tune over a long time span.

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Comment by Trapdoor2 on August 19, 2009 at 5:19pm
Poop. You posted 20 seconds before I did... ;-)

I agree, just a fancier version. I wonder why he felt he had to rename it?
Comment by Rob MacKillop on August 19, 2009 at 5:35pm
I think I'll give up after watching that! I can just about get the A section up to that speed, but the B section just kills me. I haven't developed those fast rolls yet, especially when the thumb gets in on the action. Hours of 'combination' practice lay ahead of me. Hopefully I'll get my soporific version uploaded tomorrow.

I saw a dictionary published in Boston in the 1860s which defines a reel as 'a very slow dance'... ;-)

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