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Genuine Negro Jig (or, "Snowden's Jig")

Performed by Greg C. Adams using a period specific 1850s/1860s downstroke banjo playing technique and interpreted from the original music notation penned by ...

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Comment by Rob MacKillop on August 27, 2010 at 1:14am
Really good, Greg. Works perfectly with stroke technique. Sounds familar too, though I can't imagine why. Must listen to it again.
Comment by Ian Bell on August 27, 2010 at 6:03am
The second part is, strangely enough, a little bit like the pipe reel Caber Feidh. The Irish tune Rakish Paddy is basically the same. It's a pretty basic motif. Just co-incidence I imagine. The car is packed. Just about time to head south.
Comment by rick Ceballos on September 14, 2010 at 7:15am
What a simple yet powerful tune .... well played. I saw the Chocolate Drops do their version last night here in Vermont with fiddle bones and body percussion ... very inspiring
Comment by razyn on September 14, 2010 at 8:03am
I was looking at something on the Yahoo BlackBanjo forum, innocently enough, and discovered that our kindly Dr. Bob posted an image of Emmett's manuscript for this, in their Files area. On Aug. 26th, I think. (Curiously, the same day Greg posted this video link.)

I found it helpful, in trying to recall the techniques Greg was showing us at the recent AEBG, to see this music. Even though it's a little hard to read -- especially the low As, or I guess anything with register lines (off the regular staff). We saw Bob's slide of it, during his presentation, but as far as I'm aware it wasn't distributed to Greg's group of learners.

If you aren't already a member of that forum (enabling you to look at the Files), I think you have to get approved by Tony Thomas to join -- and he's currently off in England or Sweden or someplace. I'm just mentioning it while I still remember to do so.
Comment by Trapdoor2 on September 14, 2010 at 7:29pm
I'd drop in the TAB for this piece...but, darn it, I can't add it here. I guess I'll do it as a blog post. :-/

I truly enjoyed learning this with all the AEBG folks sitting at Greg's feet. Very cool experience.
Comment by Ian Bell on September 14, 2010 at 8:03pm
Learning this (and a couple of other tunes at jam sessions) by ear was one of my favorite parts of the AEBG. Learning tunes by ear always hangs them in a different part of my brain. I'll always associate this tune with a warm barn in Maryland. Thanks Greg.


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