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A rough rendition of Union Jig from Buckley's Banjo Guide (1868). Not my best, but it had been forever since I recorded anything.

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Comment by Tim Twiss on February 29, 2012 at 11:46pm
Bravo. Love that one.
Comment by Andy Chase on February 29, 2012 at 11:49pm
That second part was before its time!
Comment by Bell Banjos on February 29, 2012 at 11:52pm
That's great.
Comment by Paul Draper on March 1, 2012 at 12:23am
Very nice! Love the B part.
Comment by Ian Bell on March 1, 2012 at 7:54am
The end of the B always makes me think of Dave Brubeck for some reason. Gotta love those minor tunes!
Comment by Steve Jeter on March 1, 2012 at 9:40am

 Very nice, love the feel .

Comment by Al Smitley on March 2, 2012 at 7:53am

Andy, I have heard the tune before but hearing your video made me want to learn it.

I think I have it down to some degree but can you of give me the four descending chords that you use to finish the tune?  I have Cm, Bbm, Am, and Gm, but I'm not sure they feel/sound right.

Comment by Al Smitley on March 2, 2012 at 7:56am

On second thought, perhaps they are Cm, Gm, G7, Gm (????)

Comment by Al Smitley on March 2, 2012 at 8:08am

I really need to learn to take more time/care before responding.  I confusing myself with modern-day tuning.   I'm guessing it's Cm, Gm, D7, Gm, with the second Gm using the open 4th string instead of fretted on the 3rd fret.

                                  

Comment by Andy Chase on March 2, 2012 at 8:20am

I'm not sure what the chords work out to, but it basically walks down, alternating between the 4th and 1st strings:


1|----6---5---3---1-
2|------------------
3|------------------
4|--5---3---2---0---
5|------------------

So in "Briggs" dGDF#A tuning (which is what I used in the clip) the descending notes on the 4th string would be C, A#, A, G and on the 1st they're D#, D, C, A#. I think.

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