This is me practicing Spotted Pony. Key of D, CC tuning capo 2nd fret.
I’m playing my Nechville Altas banjo in DD tuning.
Back in late September I posted a few versions of Soldier’s Joy on this blog. I was watching a bunch of performances of it because I was starting to learn this one on clawhammer banjo. Tonight I recorded a bit of a practice session, so… Read More
Chickens a-crowin on Sourwood Mountain – Oh diddle di di diddle di do (or Hi ho diddle I day…take your pick) So many pretty girls I can’t count-em – Oh di diddle dee Diddle di do Climbing up old Sourwood Mountain – Oh diddle di… Read More
It’s time for a Daily Dose of Old Time banjo music. Today, let’s listen to John Brown’s Dream. I’d like to start with a video featuring Guy Wolff. Listen to him take off…fantastic! Here’s a version with a bit of a different flavour featuring Riley… Read More
Old Joe Clark is a well-known old time tune from Kentucky. It is played in mixolydian mode in which the 7th note in the scale is lowered a half-tone, giving it what Aubrey Atwater refers to in the video below as that “Old Joe Clark-y”… Read More
I find the hardest thing about learning an instrument is keeping the songs I learn in my head. On button accordion, I’ve found I can keep the ones I play all the time in my little brain no problem, but if I stop playing one… Read More
Regular visitors to this joint know I’ve been trying to learn clawhammer banjo on my home-made oilcan banjos. Well, in a moment of madness I recently purchased an honest to god store-bought banjo. I bought it at the 12th Fret here in Toronto. I was… Read More
I don’t think I’ve heard this tune before coming across it today on the YouTube. It’s called Hog-eyed Man and it features Tim Rowell on clawhammer and Cathy Mason on fiddle. Great tune and beautifully played too! Update on the new canjos: Today I drew… Read More
I’ve been continuing to immerse myself in old time music, listening to about as many clawhammer banjo and fiddle tunes as I can. Here’s a Daily Dose of Little Liza Jane… Let’s start with The Black & Tan String Band and then move on to… Read More