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This piece comes from the Buckley Book of 1860. Although it is played in Stroke Style, the piece is suggestive of the "elevated" and sophisticated direction the banjo was beginning to take at this time

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Comment by Rob MacKillop on April 5, 2009 at 4:14pm
Nice one, Tim. I like the theme and variations style over stringing together a bunch of smaller pieces. I'm sure you could add a couple of your own versions too.
Comment by John Masciale on April 5, 2009 at 4:35pm
Awesome Tim
Comment by Tim Twiss on April 5, 2009 at 9:12pm
Thank you Rob and John. This was one of those "barely fingered Buckley" tunes. I sure tried a lot of options. I think I'm settled now, or close to it.
Comment by Rob MacKillop on April 6, 2009 at 7:45am
There are very often fingering choices, of course, and I am learning from reading Converse's Analytical that varied fingering choices were to be encouraged:

Page 4: Frequently, upon the repetition of a movement or passage, the fingering has been varied or changed, thereby suggesting a choice, as well as enlarging the variety of excercises.

He is clearly encouraging the exploration of the fingerboard (I almost said fretboard!) and even variety of fingering within the same piece. Now, Converse is not Buckley, but I imagine the same holds.
Comment by Tim Twiss on April 6, 2009 at 4:42pm
The right hand is always the one to spend time on, and get it to feel right. If not fingered, you have to think it through....combinations, or repeated thumb strokes? / pulls and hammer ons, or straight articulation? / hammer stroke, or alternate with thumb? The end result will give you an arrangement that is consistant. The portion of the Analytical Method that deals with stroke style tunes is really a section to go to school on.

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