For enthusiasts of early banjo
Composition by Frank B. Converse, pub. 1886, played "guitar style". Thank you to Bob Lanham for the tablature and inspiration.
Good job Paul. You can really hear the underpinnings of ragtime in this piece.
Thanks Rob. I was hooked on it after I heard Bob Lanham's nice rendition of it last week.
Yep, sounds great! I noticed you don't need to anchor your right pinky on the head, like I do for finger style. Anchoring is a habit I picked up from playing bluegrass years ago. As Converse writes:
" it may be desirable to - temporarily - support the hand by resting the little finger on the drum, but in general practice this tendency should be avoided for reasons before mentioned, and furthermore, that it is opposed by many Guitar Authorities." (Converse's Analytical Banjo Method, page 14)
Nice job Paul. Sounds real good.
I'm glad this stuff is included in the "Minstrel Banjo" material. It starts to stretch beyond towards what became Classic Banjo. Then we have the real early material here too, Juba and all of that. The scope of this genre is quite wide. People were really exploring and moving forward back then...both the music and the instruments.
Thanks guys. Bob - since finger-style is new to me, I decided to work on it without anchor. At first it was awkward, but now it's OK.
This made the top of my 'to learn' list after watching you play it last weekend, Paul. Converse's 1886 Analytical Banjo Guide is really a remarkable transitional book.
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