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From Ryan’s Mammoth Collection, by way of Tim Twiss’ Gourd Banjo Music.

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Comment by Al Smitley on April 2, 2020 at 1:07pm

I like it when we apply the techniques from the tutorials and then use other period sources to expand the repertoire!  No doubt banjoists of the mid-19th C applied the banjo to other popular music of the day such as brass band, fife &drum, and social orchestra music, etc.

Comment by Rob Mohr on April 2, 2020 at 7:12pm

Paul, I found Ryan's Mammoth Collection.  It says they're fiddle tunes. Does the music as written work for banjo? Or is that where Tim comes in with adaptation? Thanks in advance...

Comment by Paul Draper on April 2, 2020 at 9:57pm

I don’t have the collection. I’m playing Tim’s arrangement. 

Comment by Timothy Twiss on April 3, 2020 at 9:52am

Fiddle music is a very good source of material. Many of the early banjo players also played fiddle, so the integration was logical. When choosing a fiddle tune for banjo, almost ANY will work.....but some are better than others. I look for the "arrangeability " of the music.....interval shapes and leaps......and especially where the thumb string can fit into the arrangement as a Tonic.

Comment by Rob Mohr on April 3, 2020 at 6:26pm

Thanks, Tim! Good to know. I didn't want to buy it and have a "non-useful" book, since I don't play fiddle.

Comment by Timothy Twiss on April 3, 2020 at 8:45pm

If you go to my Youtube site and find a playlist called "Fiddle Tunes"....you will find 94 arrangements not found in the Tutors

Comment by Rob Mohr on April 3, 2020 at 8:47pm

Great! Thanks, Tim! I'll check it out...


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