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Popular tune of the day, instrumental arrangement by F.B. Converse in his 1865 Green Book.

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Comment by CURTIS PAYNE on August 9, 2014 at 12:17pm

Interesting in that it sounds nothing like how I have always heard it played.

Comment by CURTIS PAYNE on April 24, 2016 at 12:15pm

where can I get a copy of this in tabs to learn how to play. 

Comment by Chris Prieto on April 24, 2016 at 2:20pm
I dunno if anybody has tabbed it out here but the green book is on Tim's site: http://timtwiss.com/uploads/3/4/8/4/3484716/converse_1865_green_2.pdf
Comment by Timothy Twiss on April 24, 2016 at 2:36pm

We should have a TAB of the Week.......where we post and learn how to do it ourselves. This would be highly productive.

Comment by CURTIS PAYNE on April 24, 2016 at 2:42pm

look forward to seeing it.  I was able to pick up a little of it just watching you play it.  

Comment by Scott Danneker on April 24, 2016 at 2:43pm

Wonderful idea, that would work for me.

Comment by CURTIS PAYNE on April 24, 2016 at 3:06pm

thanks Chris I found the song in the book.  I will see if I can figure it out. 

thanks tim and chris. 

Comment by Chris Prieto on April 24, 2016 at 3:19pm
If you check the first few pages of yellow converse book there is a diagram of the fret board and notes that work as a Rosetta Stone for transcribing to tab. I think that is good for three or four sharps which should cover lots of stuff in green book. I still haven't fully dove into the green book yet
Comment by CURTIS PAYNE on April 25, 2016 at 6:25pm

I have the Early Minstrel banjo book, which also has a fret board diagram, thanks for all the help. 

I will see what happens. 

Comment by CURTIS PAYNE on April 25, 2016 at 6:38pm

is your banjo tuned d / G / D / F# / A  ?

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