For enthusiasts of early banjo
The flageolet is a bit messy in this one. I was improvising, more or less. Lyrics: Massa's such a stingy man, And every body knows him; He never pays his tai...
That was great!
Thank you, Mr. Twiss and Mr. Prieto. I saw Carl Anderton play this song, so I thought I'd give it a go.
The loose playing of the flageolet here is totally charming. Can you post a picture of yours? and How is it different than a pennywhistle?
Note also... another old image with the triangle in the minstrel lineup.
Well done! Strumelia, we have been using the triangle more frequently, it really does add to the music. Elaine and I are rather annoyed with the Geico triangle solo. We were doing one years before that commercial came out...
Upon further research, I found out that, as well as being a woodwind, a flageolet was another title they used for a pennywhistle. Probably because they sound so similar. That being said, I am only using a pennywhistle. I simply called it a flageolet as an attempt to sound historically accurate. Looking through archive.org, and the works of Elias Howe, (of Ethiopian Glee Book fame) I found that he released a song book for flageolet including a few minstrel songs. And I am planning on getting a triangle soon! I just wonder what material they were made out of then...
Yes, old flageolets were made from wood bodies and were quite fancy. From the picture, the whole head/hole/keys arrangement looks substantially different from simple pennywhistles or fifes. Though I too recall reading somewhere that people sometimes called PWs 'flageolets' at some place or time.
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