I learned this tune from Cathy Barton Para at Midwest Banjo Camp earlier this year. I learned it in standard D tuning (aDAC#E) but somewhere along the way I started messing around with it in DD tuning (aDADE) instead, and I just kept playing it… Read More
Back in 1850, Stephen Foster published a song called Angelina Baker. Somewhere along the way it morphed into a fiddle tune known as Angeline the Baker. It’s a tune about regret: I bought Angeline a brand new dress Neither black nor brown It was the… Read More
I had a look at the Midwest Banjo Camp website this morning and realized I didn’t post the group photo. I’m in there somewhere (left side of the photo, purple shirt, straw hat). The next camp is at the beginning of June 2017. I see… Read More
Here’s me attempting to play a strange little old time tune called Greasy Coat. This is in A-modal or sawmill tuning, and as usual I’m playing clawhammer, which is the only way I know how to play.
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.