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From Howe's Complete Preceptor p7

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Comment by Wes Merchant on February 8, 2014 at 4:04pm

Paul Draper has a nice version of this tune up on this site, though it seems to be a different source.

http://minstrelbanjo.ning.com/video/jim-crow-polka

Comment by Paul Draper on February 8, 2014 at 5:07pm
Yep you're right Wes. I learned it from Bob Flesher's "Banjo Heads" CD long before I ever heard Briggs' version. Flesher adds that 2nd part.
Comment by Tim Twiss on February 8, 2014 at 5:37pm

Yes. This is a really good one to look at. The Briggs has a version in the front of the book. It is lowered by a 5th, a few dactyl rhythms and chords thrown in, and you have a good banjo arrangement. I encourage everyone to study and play both versions.

Comment by Strumelia on February 8, 2014 at 5:44pm
Very sweet tone there Wes. :)
Comment by Wes Merchant on February 8, 2014 at 10:49pm

I like the use of the fermatas ( what is the plural? ) in Howe's work, to me it feels a bit comic or playful, I may work on this a bit more maybe, sliding into those notes and double stopping them.

Comment by Tim Twiss on February 8, 2014 at 10:54pm

Yea, I added one more ( fermata ).

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