There is a fiddle tune called Spotted Pony or The Spotted Pony, normally played in the key of D, which seems to be pretty common among old time players. I had heard a different Spotted Pony, a Missouri tune played in A, on a recording… Read More
I recorded a bit of banjo practice today on my iphone. This is a tune called Big Sciota, except when it’s called Big Scioty, or Big Scioto. Whatever you want to call it, the c is silent. This tune is named after a river in… Read More
I visited Mike Chew at his workshop in Minneapolis the other day and picked up my new banjo. Mike put the finishing touches on the banjo while I was there, chatting with him about banjos and everything else. I love my new banjo!
Here’s me trying to play a Cumberland Gap in D…
Just me playing a melancholy little tune called Cold Frosty Morning. The banjo is in A Modal AKA Sawmill tuning with a capo on the 2nd fret.
Walkin’ in the Parlor is about the most meditative tune I know on the banjo. While I was practicing it tonight, my Newfoundland dog Georgie decided it would be a perfect time to chew on a bone beside me.
Wish I was a june apple Hanging on a tree Everytime my true love pass Take a bite of me Take a bite of me my love Take a bite of me Everytime my true love pass take a bite of me.
This is a tune I’ve just learned, from a video by Hilarie Burhans. It’s in C so my banjo is tuned to double C tuning: gCGCD. For those who are interested in banjos, I’m playing a Nechville Atlas banjo.
Tonight I was working on a modal tune called Lonesome John. Some versions I’ve heard of this tune are a lot faster and lighter, making mine sound positively clunky by comparison. Maybe I should work on getting my speed up on this one. At the… Read More
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