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Who was Rachel, anyway?

There’s a fiddle tune called Rachel. In some places and by some players it’s also known as The Texas Quickstep, but everyone I know who plays it just calls it Rachel. I don’t know who Rachel was though. It’s just one of life’s mysteries. I learned a clawhammer arrangement from Cathy Barton Para at a Midwest Banjo Camp. She taught it in standard C tuning with a capo on the second fret for D. At some point along the way I started playing it in a tuning called double C, also with a capo on the second fret to make DD, a tuning in which I’m more comfortable.

Our cat Gracie was none-too-pleased with my banjo playing today, and decided to dramatically end the video.

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