Minstrel Banjo

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Old Joe (Stroke style on Gourd Banjo)

A simple minstrel Banjo tune in D, from Briggs' 1855 Banjo Instructor, played on a Jeff Menzies Gourd Banjo. Love that half rest after the first section!

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Comment by Rob MacKillop on August 30, 2010 at 1:20am
Great playing, Andy. Yes, can't ignore the rests!

Please do more!
Comment by Steve Jeter on March 4, 2011 at 1:10pm
I love this, Ive watched it quite a few times , working on learning it, You sound great
Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on July 6, 2012 at 4:21pm

Very Crisp! That banjo has a nice snap!

Comment by James Pentecost on July 7, 2012 at 8:58am

Excellent!  I really like the sound of your banjo.

Comment by Andy Chase on July 7, 2012 at 9:35am

Thanks everyone!  I've been rediscovering my gourd lately, will have to record some new tunes on it!

Comment by flatfoot johnny on July 7, 2012 at 10:21am

good one!

Comment by Strumelia on September 5, 2013 at 2:32pm

I agree with Nicholas- a real crispy snap on this one- nice!

Comment by Strumelia on September 16, 2014 at 10:14am

Andy, this video of yours was the first time I ever heard the tune Old Joe several years ago, and it's what inspired me to learn to play it myself.  Thank you!

I recall the first time listening, thinking how very odd that silent rest was! (lolol)  Now it seems just so natural to have that there.  ;)    I think some people make the rest last even longer- until the next measure starts.  Hmm...then I'd have time to make a quick cup of coffee and get back before beat 1 comes up again...   =8-D

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