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Playing Since: 2002

Experience Level: Purty Good

MWBailey has made 73 recent additions to Banjo Hangout 

Interests:
[Jamming] [Socializing] [Helping]

Occupation: Educator

Gender: Male

Age: 53

My Instruments:
Dean (Samick) Backwoods 5 reso banjo;
Rebuilt (or "resurrected" as I often call it) shortscale banjo with spunover chrome-and-wood rim, wooden perchpole;
The Aluminum Angel ("Frankenstein"-type heavily-customizedformer Harmony aluminum-rim<br> banjo with Rover/Franciscan neck).;
-Homemade "minstrel" type fretless banjo, made from homecarved neck mated to an old bodrhan (Irish frame drum);


Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Everybody besides me, but especially (ln no particular order):
Mac Traynham;
Lloyd Wright (yeah, the dulcimer guy, but he plays banjo too).;
Laura Boosinger;
Mark Seeger;
Earl Scruggs.


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Created 8/3/2004
Last Visit 7/23/2014


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Apple Blossom

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Play count: 572
Size: 1,812kb, uploaded 7/21/2008 2:22:24 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time


Another old fiddle tune; Played on my homemade, tackhead, fretless "minstrel" banjo. The Key is somewhere in the neighborhood of F or G, tuned in the same ratios as "open G" for banjo. (lower than open G, at any rate). This is the only banjo I own that has a natural skin head (goat, I believe).
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El Picaflor (the Hummingbird)

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Play count: 232
Size: 3,441kb, uploaded 9/7/2008 7:54:52 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time


A little instrumental ditty in honor of the hummingbirds who feed and battle outside our patio windows in Spring and Late Summer/ Early Fall. A slight South American flavor, 'cause that's where they go and where they come from.
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Elephants on the Roof

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Play count: 260
Size: 2,545kb, uploaded 7/11/2008 12:18:20 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time


My cathartic tune in regard to having the roof replaced whilst recovering from a sprained ankle & foot. Played on the resurrected spunover banjo, in open G (gDGBD)
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God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

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Size: 1,277kb, uploaded 11/13/2008 2:21:23 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time


hopefully a tolerably upbeat rendition of the ancient classic carol. Played on the Aluminum Angel, in Open G (gDGBD), capoed up to A (2nd Fret, aEAC#E) Logged as Clawhammer/OldTime, but is actually frailed in a quasi-"jazz" tempo, so I guess its bluegrass or something.
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Jine the Cavalry/Alabama

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Size: 3,381kb, uploaded 8/3/2008 8:28:46 PM
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Old Civil War-Era tune. As far as I know, it was always a banjo tune, but I could be mistaken. Whether titled "Alabama" or "Jine the Cavalry", it has always to the best of my knowledge and info been a CSA-patriotic tune; as as the fore, it was a tune predicting a union defeat in alabama, and as the latter, it is a recruitment ditty for the confederate cavalry (I have also heard it said that it was also used as a Union or later a latter-day USC recruitment device; I do not know whethe rthat is true or not, but i suppose it could be). Also, this could be taken as an example of how one song can be turned into anotherwhile staying basically the same notewise; in this case, a patriotic tune into a military recruitiung tune. Played on the tackhead, fretless, homemade Minstrel banjo, key of D, in dADF#A tuning, with regular-tension nylon classical Guitar strings (I'm too stingy to order nylagut or whatever it's called, lol).
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Julianne Johnson

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Play count: 369
Size: 2,860kb, uploaded 9/4/2008 12:57:59 PM
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Popular old dance (?) tune, a favorite of the dulcimer society Tackhead Minstrel Banjo, Key of Low D (dADF#A)
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Oldtime Liza Jane

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Size: 3,308kb, uploaded 6/30/2008 1:21:41 PM
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Yet another of "those dang Liza Jane tunes" Learned this one at the Bayou City Festival about 2 years ago.Played in Open G(gDGBD) on the Backwoods 5 Banjo.
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Seneca Rave Dance

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Size: 2,257kb, uploaded 7/3/2008 12:37:50 PM
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This requires a bit of explanation. I don't do raves or rave music; that's probably rather obvious! (lol). I just had watched the first xXx movie (vin diesel), and thought that if they had banjo music in that club, this is what it would have sounded like. In actual fact this was never intended to be played anywhere; I just love to tinker, and happened to mention to a friend yesterday that I experimentally recorded a few tunes on the banjo using a distortion effect, and decided to post it here so he could find it. I acquired the effect(s) via a mic clipped to the tailpiece and connected to a Dailectro E-studio headphone amp. I had the echo on and the distortion turned up and added more echo in Audacity, an mp3-recording app, to try and get a "chorus" effect going. Not sure what to call this genre...Metalgrass? Clawmetal? Banjo Heresy?
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Snake River Reel

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Play count: 287
Size: 1,781kb, uploaded 7/16/2008 11:37:50 AM
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A fiddle tune that's popular with the local mountain dulcimer crowd. Played on the Dean Backwoods 5, in open G (gDGBD)
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