For enthusiasts of early banjo
Joseph Weidlich arrangement of "Gumbo Chaff" played by Rob Morrison
Joseph Weidlich responded to the Preceptor conundrum by arranging eight of the pieces using common conventions and techniques found in Briggs and Rice. This is more or less his adaptation of "Gumbo Chaff." It is full of "thumb twisters."
What else is in there Rob, and how did he approach it?
Tim-- The others arranged by Joseph Weidlich are "Uncle Gabriel," "We'll Have a Little Dance Tonight, Boys," "Louisiana Belle," "I Seen Her at the Window," "Gwine to De Mill," "De Old Jaw Bone," and "Gone to Alabama." I have learned "De Old Jaw Bone," and it plays very well. These all appear at the end of Weidlich's "The Early Minstrel Banjo." As well as a being good resource, it has lots of great period photos.
Tim--As to Weidlich's approach, I will quote him. "By carefully examining their arrangements [Briggs, Rice, and Converse] you will see how they substituted different licks for similar sounding melodic phrases. These first generation minstrel banjoists were always experimenting and borrowing ideas from each other."
Thanks Rob. So they are....modified a bit?
Good one Rob, I'm familiar with the Gumbo and Rice, but how do you prepare the Briggs? :-)
Wes--It must be a misprint. I meant to say gumbo with beans and rice.
Strum--Thanks--It's my circa 1860 factory store tub with 6 "Union Forever" hooks. It's my favorite parlor banjo for simple fare.
I think it works great just like that!
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