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Converse Analytical. Obviously still learning stroke style, so please be gentle on me! That pile of books on the left is my banjo repertoire. Looks like I'm going to be busy!

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Comment by Tim Twiss on August 25, 2009 at 7:33am
Bravo. I know it's the 1880's, but it sounds like the 1850's. I hear strains of "Grape Vine Twist". To the untrained eye, it looks like a very simple and relaxed tune. Looking at the score, we know that you did a series of planned combinations and hammers. You did the great thing in music...make a complicated thing look simple. And the irony is, it actually feels simple to the player...right? Well done!
Comment by Rob MacKillop on August 25, 2009 at 7:47am
You hit the nail on the head, Tim, it is both simple and complex. Yes, all the right hand work is carefully planned, as notated by Converse, and, yes, it sort of feels simple, in a way. However, I am a long way from feeling free in expressing myself. Contrast it with the 'guittar' video I put up yesterday, where I haven't had to give single moment's thought to technique, and can concentrate on expression. That is my goal with stroke playing, but I don't just want to jump in and play it anh old how. I want to keep working at the technique until it becomes second nature, until I don't think about it. Thanks for the encouragement. Now show me how it should go!
Comment by Tim Twiss on August 25, 2009 at 2:34pm
Well, we should do a few more of those in that particular section of the Analytical. What says you Sir Robert?
Comment by Rob MacKillop on August 25, 2009 at 3:10pm
Well, I'm trying to find the simpler ones, and am thinking of doing Cane Brake Reel (page 98), with maybe Mississippi Walk Around for a dessert?
Comment by Tim Twiss on August 25, 2009 at 3:19pm
Yes...let's do those. Old style...yea!
Comment by Trapdoor2 on August 25, 2009 at 11:13pm
TAB anyone?

In "Mississippi Walk Around", the small note values mean that grace notes don't show up quite as well as they ought to...even if I add the notation staff. Glad a recent upgrade added double dots!

Cane Brake Reel.pdf

Mississippi Walk Around.pdf
Comment by Tim Twiss on August 26, 2009 at 12:42am
What is the thick one on the bottom?
Comment by Tim Twiss on August 26, 2009 at 1:01am
Trap...where's all the cool fingerings? Our Tabbers are going to miss out!
Comment by Trapdoor2 on August 26, 2009 at 9:27am
Well, I put the fingerings in "Cane Brake Reel" but it was too late to start inputting fingering into "Mississippi Walk Around". If anyone wants fingering, I can add it this evening. Dotted pieces take twice as long to do...since you bounce back and forth a lot between note values. Then, after you have it all in, you gotta go back and add fingering. Takes time, that's all.

I don't understand, "What is the thick one on the bottom?"
Comment by Tim Twiss on August 26, 2009 at 9:55am
Marc, I meant the fingerings for combinations and hammers.

"Thick one on the bottom" was a question for Marc...about his books sitting aside in the video.


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