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SCclawman - Posted - 11/08/2013:  12:30:13


I love the TOTW threads of some lesser known tunes where you get to learn about a new tune. This is NOT one of those TOTW threads. smiley Also, be forewarned that this TOTW strays slightly off-topic.



It's kind of hard to believe this has never been done as a TOTW before, but for this weeks TOTW I present to you WHISKEY BEFORE BREAKFAST.



Before we get to discussing the tune, allow me to make it clear that I prefer my whiskey to be from the state of Kentucky and where it's mainly made with corn as the predominant ingredient.



Now, to discuss some of the history behind the tune. Most of the information below comes from the fiddler's companion, but re-written in a way that is slightly more readable.



It seems that the tune has its origins in Canada from a fiddler and composer named Andy de Jarlis in the mid twentieth century. It was included in a 1957 book Canadian Fiddle Tunes from Red River Valley. I always thought that this was an old time traditional tune, but apparently it's a "widely known tune, often mistaken for an old traditional old-time tune." Ken Perlman identifies it as coming from Canada's Maritime provinces where it is called "Spirits of the Morning," which I think is a pretty cool alternative title for Whiskey Before Breakfast. Finally there are some lyrics that go along with the melody that have become popular in bluegrass circles. Personally, I prefer the good old fashioned instrumental version.



This is one of those tunes that sounds good on any old time instrument. I love to hear it on mandolin, fiddle, banjo (scruggs style and clawhammer), and guitar. There are no shortage of recordings out there for you to enjoy! Being a guitar guy before I got into banjo, I'm especially fond of Norman Blake's version, and Doc Watson's version.



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Searching on the BHO, there are 41 different mp3's. Here are links to a few that I enjoyed listening to today:

Here's one from TOTW ambassador J-Walk from a Tuscon Jam - old time music at its finest!

Wonderful bluegrass version from joemac

Fretless version by olpete which is really really nice



Here is an incredible video by our own Mr. Zepp who makes it sound so pretty, and makes it look so easy.

Finally, here is an inspiring video from the late Dave Hum which is properly titled (for his neck of the woods) Whisky Before Breakfast.



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Enough about music- let's talk about whiskey - specifically bourbon. I didn't start drinking any alcohol until I was in my mid twenties (I grew up baptist, so I didn't have much of a choice, right??). I really came to love bourbon and the history behind it, as well as the taste. For the record, I'm still a regularly attending baptist, and I'm not a closet drinker. My baptist community is a little more accepting than the one my grandparents grew up in. Everything in moderation right? I love the quote from Ralph Stanley, "Now some might say the gospel and liquor don't go together, but they can work fine if you know the proper amounts." I totally agree Ralph, 100%. Anyways, I love bourbon, and I love this song. Old time music and good whiskey go hand in and hand in my opinion. For the record, I only enjoy whiskey before breakfast when I'm around a campfire in the mountains in the winter. Some of my favorite Kentucky bourbons include Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, Elmer T. Lee, and Blanton's. I think Woodford Reserve is overhyped and overpriced, but still think it's a good bourbon. I like some Maker's Mark every now and then as well for a more commercial bourbon. Jim Beam ain't bad, but it ain't for me. Jack Daniel's----well, it's made in Tennessee, so I stay away from the charcoal filtered stuff.



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So, share with us your favorite version of Whiskey Before Breakfast. Or share with us your favorite whiskey or whisky for those of you on the other side of the pond. Take some time to sit down and slowly sip a glass of fine whiskey this week and record a version of yourself playing it. Or maybe you can share a good story about a jam where you enjoyed some whiskey and ended up playing until breakfast time.



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I haven't had much time lately for good bourbon whiskey or banjo playing, but I'm trying to work up a home recording of Whiskey Before Breakfast to share before the week is up. For now, here is a quick recording I did with some nylguts a few months ago. It's not in the key of D - don't shoot me!




Whiskey Before Breakfast (nylguts)

   

Viper - Posted - 11/08/2013:  13:16:44


Mmm, whiskey. I'm a Scotch fan, preferably Isle of Islay varieties, of which Laphroaig is my favorite. However, I've been trying to find a Bourbon I like. I have some Elijah Craig at home, which I like OK, but mostly as a mixer. I haven't found one I like to sip on yet. Any Scotch to Bourbon converts out there with a recommendation?



I like this tune too. Good choice!


ScottK - Posted - 11/08/2013:  13:44:31


quote:


Originally posted by SCclawman

...Or share with us your favorite whiskey...Or maybe you can share a good story about a jam where you enjoyed some whiskey and ended up playing until breakfast time.




...For now, here is a quick recording I did with some nylguts a few months ago.







Great call, Travis.  And your nylgut version sounds just fine to my ears.



As for a favorite whiskey, lately I've been staying local (Portland, Oregon) and going with Burnside Bourbon.



Regarding a jam story, I have four kids (all adults now) and it so happens that the youngest are boy/girl twins who were born on my eldest son's birthday, July 6.  The boy twin, Erik, is an Irish & Old Time fiddler and his favorite event of the year is Fiddle Tunes.  Fiddle Tunes always spans the July 4 week, so we're always up there attending Fiddle Tunes on their birthday.  Erik has adopted a tradition of staying up all night on his birthday dancing, playing tunes, and enjoying a little whiskey.  This year my eldest son Nate, who is a pretty good clawhammer banjo player, was at Fiddle Tunes as well and the three of us stayed up all night participating in Erik's birthday tradition.  As dawn approached the three of us walked down to the bluff overlooking the water to catch the sunrise and sat on a picnic table playing tunes as the sun came up:





 



It was a pretty sweet moment.



Scott


Brooklynbanjoboy - Posted - 11/08/2013:  14:04:01


Here's a nice guitar version by Norman Blake:



youtube.com/watch?v=sYau7QfiiuM


brettzke - Posted - 11/08/2013:  14:28:45


Viper, a good single barrel rye might be a better fit for your taste buds.

Chadbanjo - Posted - 11/08/2013:  14:28:45


Good stuff man, really enjoyed the write up and playing. Spirits in the morning, I prefer rum, but when I go for a bottle of whisky its usually a bourbon called Jim Beam. Wild Turkey is pretty good to.



You dont go mixing your whisky, you drink it staight. Thats the rules.



Ill give it a go when my banjo part comes in, only because you asked us to drink whisky while learning. ha!big


John D - Posted - 11/08/2013:  14:47:52


Good Choice.  Should be dozens of great versions.



I've been playing it in G tuning lately.  And tuned way low:  d# A# D#  G A#    CH on a Vega 2.




Whiskey Before Breakfast TOTW

   

SCclawman - Posted - 11/09/2013:  07:08:45


quote:

Originally posted by ScottK

 
quote:


Originally posted by SCclawman

...Or share with us your favorite whiskey...Or maybe you can share a good story about a jam where you enjoyed some whiskey and ended up playing until breakfast time.




...For now, here is a quick recording I did with some nylguts a few months ago.








Great call, Travis.  And your nylgut version sounds just fine to my ears.




As for a favorite whiskey, lately I've been staying local (Portland, Oregon) and going with Burnside Bourbon.




Regarding a jam story, I have four kids (all adults now) and it so happens that the youngest are boy/girl twins who were born on my eldest son's birthday, July 6.  The boy twin, Erik, is an Irish & Old Time fiddler and his favorite event of the year is Fiddle Tunes.  Fiddle Tunes always spans the July 4 week, so we're always up there attending Fiddle Tunes on their birthday.  Erik has adopted a tradition of staying up all night on his birthday dancing, playing tunes, and enjoying a little whiskey.  This year my eldest son Nate, who is a pretty good clawhammer banjo player, was at Fiddle Tunes as well and the three of us stayed up all night participating in Erik's birthday tradition.  As dawn approached the three of us walked down to the bluff overlooking the water to catch the sunrise and sat on a picnic table playing tunes as the sun came up:




Scott







Scott,



What an amazing story! That's really really really cool. Thanks for the bourbon recommendation. I'll have to see if we have that in stores here!


SCclawman - Posted - 11/09/2013:  07:09:34


quote:

Originally posted by Chadbanjo

You dont go mixing your whisky, you drink it staight. Thats the rules.




Ill give it a go when my banjo part comes in, only because you asked us to drink whisky while learning. ha!big







I agree 100%. Look forward to hearing you play it.


SCclawman - Posted - 11/09/2013:  07:12:06


quote:

Originally posted by John D

 

Good Choice.  Should be dozens of great versions.




I've been playing it in G tuning lately.  And tuned way low:  d# A# D#  G A#    CH on a Vega 2.







Great version John. I like the way it sounds tuned way low. Thanks for sharing it with us. yes


janolov - Posted - 11/09/2013:  08:31:06


Whiskey Before Christmas gives me some nostalgic memories from the "old" BHO. Back in 2006 it was almost impossible to post tabs here (you had to email tabs to Eric and he put up the new tabs about once a year - in best case). There was no possibilities to post sound files or videos on BHO (and YouTube hadn't started), but there were a lot of discussions about how to play CH. Then Oldwoodchuckb wrote down the WBB tabs and published it on Banjo_Brad's site. I remember the first set of tabs were hand written by owc ( I still have the hand written pdf version in my old computer, dowlnoaded in September 2006), but soon Banjo_Brad put them on the TableEdit format - they are still there: pricklypearmusic.net/owcpage.html. There were five different versions of WBB, and these tabs helped me a lot to understand the CH playing. This was about one year before the first version of Rocket Scince Banjo was launched.



 



 


Viper - Posted - 11/09/2013:  12:41:59


quote:

Originally posted by brettzke

 

Viper, a good single barrel rye might be a better fit for your taste buds.







All right, hit me! I know rye has been making a comeback. What should I try first? 


Brooklynbanjoboy - Posted - 11/09/2013:  13:54:30


Once again, nice essay, great tune challenge.  Almost enough to whet my appetite for some whiskey.  A lot of good TOTW alternative ways to play this one.  Thanks for sharing. 



Zepp is always a stand out performer.  I’m always amazed at the finesse of his playing.    



This is my crack at it, but since I’m not a drinking man it’s probably a bit dry in comparison:



 



 



 



 



 



Thanks again for the good TOTW.

 


Play hard,

Lew

R.D. Lunceford - Posted - 11/09/2013:  15:34:04


Give Blanton's a try... it is a "wheated" bourbon. Pretty tasty stuff.

Scotch? I had some friends from Kinloch Rannoch that turned me on to Macallans
which is my personal favorite...the 18 year-old if you've got the $$$, but the 12 is perfectly
fine. The stuff is put up in sherry barrels, and you can taste a hint of it. These folks were of
the opinion that it didn't get any better after 18 years, and that you were wasting your money
on anything older.

I have probably drank more Irish Whiskey than anything, and a higher grade bottling by Jameson
or Black Bush suits me well enough.

No slight intended to our north of the border brethren, but as we're talking about
"Whiskey Before Breakfast", I have yet to develop a taste for the Canadian product.

What do folks think of the new slew of micro-distillery whiskies?


R.D. Lunceford - Posted - 11/09/2013:  15:37:53


quote:

Originally posted by John D

 

Good Choice.  Should be dozens of great versions.



I've been playing it in G tuning lately.  And tuned way low:  d# A# D#  G A#    CH on a Vega 2.






Great playing and a beautiful tone out of your banjo...



anything else you can say about your set-up?


R.D. Lunceford - Posted - 11/09/2013:  15:47:03


Sorry SC.
I didn't read your post all the way through at first.
You already mentioned Blanton's.

bd - Posted - 11/09/2013:  16:12:07


Here is my fairly basic version. I usually drink rye.




VIDEO: Whiskey before breakfast TOTW
(click to view)

   

H Kimball - Posted - 11/09/2013:  16:18:48


I learned this from the "Old Time Jam" site-  oldtimejam.com. Tab and back-up tracks on the OT Jam are a great resource.  Thanks for posting the tune. Think I'll go have a taste of George Dickel after reading this post.



 


Brooklynbanjoboy - Posted - 11/09/2013:  16:26:57


BD,



Nice picking.



Love the background chaos!


John D - Posted - 11/09/2013:  16:29:52


quote:


Originally posted by R.D. Lunceford

 
quote:


Originally posted by John D

 


Good Choice.  Should be dozens of great versions.




I've been playing it in G tuning lately.  And tuned way low:  d# A# D#  G A#    CH on a Vega 2.








Great playing and a beautiful tone out of your banjo...




anything else you can say about your set-up?







Thanks, RD.  Nothing Really special about the set-up.  Using medium strings. The action is on the low side. The Banjo is not stuffed with anything.  I do have a small bit of masking tape on the 5th string near the bridge.



Pretty hard for me to keep the banjo tuned when the strings are so low and really have to fret softly above the 5th fret or notes can sound a little sharp.  But really challenging and  fun to Claw and drop thumb right above  the 12th to 14th fret. with the banjo so low -  hear lots of interesting stuff when that dang banjo  "ring" is not so prominent.


tomberghan - Posted - 11/09/2013:  16:48:15


Good Job Travis!  I like your performance very much!



Well, I like Scotch and Canadian whiskeys too, but my favorite is Bourbon!  There are many many fine Bourbons for you to try but some of my favorites are Four Roses (Small Batch), Blantons, Woodford Reserve, Basil Hayden's, Buffalo Trace, Old Grand Dad, Bulleit, Rock Hill Farms . . . and many more . . . if you try all of those and you still don't find one you like then you just aren't a Bourbon drinker I guess!  Whiskey can be  made from Barley, Rye, Corn and sometimes wheat, but I like Corn!



Here is my Whiskey Before Breakfast . . . Best Regards,  Tom



 




Whiskey Before Breakfast

   

jbalch - Posted - 11/09/2013:  17:12:19


I learned this tune from the Norman Blake guitar version back in the 1970s.  It is a favorite of mine. (thanks for selecting a TOTW that I know! :<)).



I have enjoyed listening to all the posted versions...very cool!



This home recording was an old demo sample played on a great little Lange-Made banjo that I used to carry for travel.




Whiskey Before Breakfast




tomberghan - Posted - 11/09/2013:  17:17:32


quote:


Originally posted by Viper

 
quote:


All right, hit me! I know rye has been making a comeback. What should I try first? 






Well . . . The primary grain in Canadian Whiskey is Rye (The primary grain in American whiskey is corn, Scotch is Barley).  But I personally really like Bulliet Rye Whiskey.  One of my favorite Ryes.  Give that a try,  Of course many folks love Crown Royal - you can't go wrong with that - and I really like their new product "Crown Black."  Give that a try as well.  Yep - Banjos and whiskies . . . two of my favorite hobbies!



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tomberghan - Posted - 11/09/2013:  17:19:23


Can John Balch play the banjo or what!!??  Nice playing John!


bd - Posted - 11/09/2013:  17:27:33


quote:

Originally posted by tomberghan

 
quote:


Originally posted by Viper

 


quote:


All right, hit me! I know rye has been making a comeback. What should I try first? 







Well . . . The primary grain in Canadian Whiskey is Rye (The primary grain in American whiskey is corn, Scotch is Barley).  But I personally really like Bulliet Rye Whiskey.  One of my favorite Ryes.  Give that a try,  Of course many folks love Crown Royal - you can't go wrong with that - and I really like their new product "Crown Black."  Give that a try as well.  Yep - Banjos and whiskies . . . two of my favorite hobbies!




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My understanding is that Canadian Rye doesn't have a minimum rye content requirement--maybe that's wrong however. At any rate in the US it has to be 51% rye to be called a rye. Fine version of WBB, by the way!


bd - Posted - 11/09/2013:  17:29:35


quote:

Originally posted by Brooklynbanjoboy

 

BD,




Nice picking.




Love the background chaos!







Thanks! But that ain't even close to chaos--you should have seen some earlier takes.big



And I dug your version, too. You were getting a cool triplet-y sort sound is spots.



Edited by - bd on 11/09/2013 17:31:03

ZEPP - Posted - 11/09/2013:  18:21:28


Some really great takes here!  This has long been a favorite tune of mine, ever since I learned it from Judy Hough, the fiddler in my favorite band in which I played.



Thanks, Brooklynbanjoboy and SCclawman ​for the most kind words.



I  hasten to add that my favorite whiskey is Laphroaig.  Mmm, mmm, good!



Cheers,

ZEPP



 


Don Borchelt - Posted - 11/10/2013:  05:37:46


I usually drink Jack, but I do experiment.  I just finished up a fine bottle of Bulleitt Bourbon; the last six ounces or so went to infuse some dried apricots that got mixed in with some strawberries and raspberries for a fruit salad for Sunday brunch with my kids and mother-in-law.   No, I don't throw the bourbon out when it's done, but it is true, apricot flavored bourbon is an acquired taste.



A great pick for TOTW by Travis, but I am really surprised it has taken this long for one of us to realize it hasn't been done before.  All great versions above, picked and posted, very enjoyable listening, a tune that never gets old.  I learned Whiskey Before Breakfast in the fall of 1970, after hearing it fiddled on a Voyager LP that I bought for a couple of bucks in a cut-out bin at Zayre's or someplace. It was a series of recordings made at the Weiser, Idaho contest a few years earlier, and I remember it had the famous Currier and Ives lithograph on the jacket.  They still use that image on their homepage.  Anyway, Dick Barrett, who just passed away last year, played a really fine version of Whiskey Before Breakfast on that LP.  I had just begun learning to play in melodic style a few months earlier, after I had seen the great Carroll Best pick at the Folk Festival of the Smokies in Gatlinburg that summer.  That fall,  I was inflicted with serious cases of both true love and melodic madness, and Whiskey Before Breakfast was one of the first tunes I worked out after coming down with those ailments.  By that time, I was in my second year at Boston College, I had just started going out the girl I would marry, and I had started attending the bluegrass/old time jam sessions in Cambridge at Old Joe Clark's on Fayette Street.  I tried to get folks interested in this cool new tune, but I had no luck.  Then, in 1976, Rounder released Norman Blake's LP, and after that, nobody wanted to play anything else but Whiskey Before Breakfast.  Okay, I admit, he played it a lot better than I did.





I made a tape of Whiskey Before Breakfast in 1975 with my friend Steve Harris, which I have attached below.  This was a year before Norman Blakes Whiskey Before Breakfast LP was released, and more momentous for me, it was the year I got married.  The tape was made to accompany a little tab book I had put together and self-published, called Fifteen Fiddle Tunes for 5 String Banjo.  Back then. I played most of my D tunes in Standard C tuning.  Later, I got seriously into open D tuning, and reworked all of my D tunes, including Whiskey.  The video below was recorded two years ago while busking in Harvard Square with my pal Ed Britt.   I still love that tune, and my wife, too, after all these years.



- Don Borchelt



P.S.  I also have a tab posted for my open D version on my website, if anyone is interested.



Edited by - Don Borchelt on 11/10/2013 05:45:05



Whiskey Before Breakfast from 1975


VIDEO: Whiskey Before Breakfast
(click to view)

Tamarack - Posted - 11/10/2013:  06:01:32


I learn something new with every TOTW. I always thought Whiskey Before Breakfast was an old, old tune, now I discovery it is of mid-20th Century vintage -- quite new by the old-time calendar. Some fine versions posted above. Norman Blake's version is superb, with its subtle shifts in rhythm and phrasing.

As much as I enjoy sipping bourbon, the finest distilled malt products come from Ireland.

BrittDLD1 - Posted - 11/10/2013:  06:25:24


Dang, Don... You were a H3LL of a lot better on banjo, than I was, back in 1975! No wonder I took those candid photos of you jamming at Fox Hollow, in the early-'70s. (I didn't get to know Don, until I moved to Boston in the early-'80s. And while we jammed together a few times, at parties and such -- we didn't start playing together regularly, until the late-'90s.)

Best-- Ed Britt


Edited by - BrittDLD1 on 11/10/2013 06:27:48

jbalch - Posted - 11/10/2013:  06:59:02


I don't know if this is in keeping with the norm for TOTW (sorry if not), but earlier I posted the demo version of Whiskey Before Breakfast.  That was the down-and-dirty home recording I made for Jack Pearson as we were selecting tunes for our project. 



I thought it might be fun to share the final studio version for comparison.  This is with Jack Pearson (mandolin), Shad Cobb (fiddle), Elizabeth P. (bass).  from the cd ~HOT~ Biscuit Jam.




Whiskey Before Breakfast

   

jojo25 - Posted - 11/10/2013:  07:34:55


like Brad I prefer Isle of Islay Scotch, with Bruichladdich being my fav



some of buds play this with Fisher's Hornpipe...a medley which we call "Fish Whiskers"...



this tune qualifies, IMHO, as an old war horse...ya know...the kind that fought in the Peloponnesian war:)



they became old war horses for good reason


Califiddler - Posted - 11/10/2013:  08:17:31


One of my favorite fiddle tunes. I play it on fiddle, mandolin and guitar, so it is high time that I learned it on banjo. Double C, I assume. Time to get to work.

I went through a 10- or 15-year period where scotch was my regular drink, but these days my whiskey of choice is bourbon. A friend bought me a bottle of Blanton's this summer. It was delicious. But at $45 for 750ml it is too expensive to keep around the house. For that I buy the 1.75l jug of Maker's Mark from Costco for $38. Fine "everyday" bourbon.

Viper - Posted - 11/10/2013:  09:24:42


quote:

Originally posted by tomberghan

 
quote:


Originally posted by Viper

 


quote:


All right, hit me! I know rye has been making a comeback. What should I try first? 







Well . . . The primary grain in Canadian Whiskey is Rye (The primary grain in American whiskey is corn, Scotch is Barley).  But I personally really like Bulliet Rye Whiskey.  One of my favorite Ryes.  Give that a try,  Of course many folks love Crown Royal - you can't go wrong with that - and I really like their new product "Crown Black."  Give that a try as well.  Yep - Banjos and whiskies . . . two of my favorite hobbies!




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My apologies to my Canadian family, but I've never been much a fan of the Crown or other Canuck whiskies. I may have to try the Bulliet Rye though. 


aeroweenie - Posted - 11/10/2013:  11:37:46


Lots of nice versions of the tune so far!  I learned this tune from the Norman Blake album back in the seventies.  In the bluegrass circles I played in, during the seventies and eighties, this song was played to death, a shame because it is a great tune.  Perhaps that is the measure of great tunes, they would not be over played otherwise!



So, I haven't played it for a very long time and it being the TOTW gives me the perfect opportunity to try it clawhammer style.  So here is my take, played in D (out of a "G" tuning) on my minstrel banjo.  It was fun working it out, minstrel banjos are a kick.




Whiskey Before Breakfast

   

camcumberland - Posted - 11/11/2013:  17:59:23


It's scotch before breakfast for me, but whiskey will do in a pinch.  youtube.com/watch?v=9UoB6sFNwds.  



 



Edited by - camcumberland on 11/11/2013 18:03:50

Brooklynbanjoboy - Posted - 11/12/2013:  01:59:20


Nicely played.  Real consistent, percussive drive. 


JanetB - Posted - 11/12/2013:  06:03:55


Leave it to Travis to stir up so much creative expression.  Thanks scclawman!




VIDEO: Whiskey Before Breakfast Waltz
(click to view)

   

SCclawman - Posted - 11/12/2013:  06:25:53


Aero, you really got that one worked out well on the minstrel. great sound!



Califiddler - I understand about the cost of blanton's. I normally buy the smaller 375ml bottle, and make it last. I'm also a fan of makers for a good everyday bourbon. If you haven't tried buffalo trace yet, give it a shot. It's about the same price point as makers, and is really really good.



John B - Your version is top notch. I bought Hot Biscuit Jam a year or two ago and regularly listen to it. I'm ashamed of myself for not including it in the original write-up, because it is a marvelous work of art!



Don B - you've got a way with words, and a special touch on the banjo too. I enjoyed reading and listening to your contributions.I liked some of the hesitation and pauses in your version - really nice touch! Bulleit Bourbon is wonderful. Try the 10 year sometime if you haven't. Good stuff!



Cam - Great job! Thanks for sharing your version with us.



BD - always enjoy your playing, and I'm not surprised you are a rye drinker. that seems to fit you well!



Thanks to everyone for chipping in and making this a really fun TOTW! I've enjoyed reading all of the responses.


Brooklynbanjoboy - Posted - 11/12/2013:  06:36:13


Janet!  You turned a drinking song into a dignified tune, and you may have incidentally done much to civilize whiskey consumption – even before breakfast.  I like the way the gentle, rocking motion of your chair coincides with your rhythm.  I suppose the coffee cup in the foreground is at least half filled with the real stuff. 



Great job, as usual. 



Have a great day,



Lew


SCclawman - Posted - 11/12/2013:  06:37:35


quote:

Originally posted by tomberghan

 

Good Job Travis!  I like your performance very much!




Well, I like Scotch and Canadian whiskeys too, but my favorite is Bourbon!  There are many many fine Bourbons for you to try but some of my favorites are Four Roses (Small Batch), Blantons, Woodford Reserve, Basil Hayden's, Buffalo Trace, Old Grand Dad, Bulleit, Rock Hill Farms . . . and many more . . . if you try all of those and you still don't find one you like then you just aren't a Bourbon drinker I guess!  Whiskey can be  made from Barley, Rye, Corn and sometimes wheat, but I like Corn!




Here is my Whiskey Before Breakfast . . . Best Regards,  Tom




 







Tom, I hope we can meet one day and partake of some fine bourbons and play music together. I've had Rock Hill Farms once and loved it. It tasted very similar to Blanton's to me. And I agree - corn is the best!


SCclawman - Posted - 11/12/2013:  11:48:02


quote:

Originally posted by JanetB

 

Leave it to Travis to stir up so much creative expression.  Thanks scclawman!







Janet, that's a fresh original take on it! I loved the waltz feel.



I hope you don't disapprove of our whiskey drinking big


johnv - Posted - 11/12/2013:  20:08:27


I love the tune and my other bad ? habit, It was Glenfiddich but now I developed a taste for Famous Grouse, Smmooooooth and Mmm Mmm finger licking good Cheers.

csbdr - Posted - 11/13/2013:  11:39:32


I really need to learn how to make an MP3 and post it. Great versions. Zepp, I'm always astounded at how fluid your playing is. Those triplets are just like water flowing into a millpond...smooooth.



 



As to whiskey, lately I've been enjoying Whistlepig Rye whiskey. Good stuff


CW Spook - Posted - 11/13/2013:  18:22:43


I'm partial to the Islay scotch varieties myself, but they've been brewing good rye whisky in Templeton, IA for years....legally now for the last 5 or 10.  Legend has that it was always one of Al Capone's favorites.  When they first started doing a legal brew it was pretty hard to find at first, as they were really doing small batches, but now Templeton Rye is starting to become regularlly available, at least around here.


OldInTheNewWay - Posted - 11/14/2013:  21:50:04


Im a bourbon man.



Here is mine from a while back with my brother on the mandolin.



 




VIDEO: Whiskey Before Breakfast Banjo Mandolin
(click to view)

   

Banjowik - Posted - 11/17/2013:  18:00:53


Trying to learn this one, a lot of people round here play it and I like the tune,



Can anyone direct me to a video of this that is reasonably clear and close to see what note are being played (basic melody only)



Many of the videos I've found are distant, fuzzy or wrong angle to see the fret board!



This would help me out a heap, Thanks in advance!



 


Banjowik - Posted - 11/18/2013:  19:45:45


OK, I spent most of yesterday looking through Youtube, most of the Whiskey Before Breakfast vids play the A part low and swing to the high for the B part, I'm looking to play it the other way round, A part High, B part Low, a bit like Mr Zepp's video although I don't expect to get anywhere near that mindblowing playing, just a basic frame of that version!



Anyone got any ideas?



Cheers



Banjowik


Viper - Posted - 11/19/2013:  07:58:02


quote:

Originally posted by Banjowik

 

OK, I spent most of yesterday looking through Youtube, most of the Whiskey Before Breakfast vids play the A part low and swing to the high for the B part, I'm looking to play it the other way round, A part High, B part Low, a bit like Mr Zepp's video although I don't expect to get anywhere near that mindblowing playing, just a basic frame of that version!




Anyone got any ideas?




Cheers




Banjowik







Dan Levenson's Festival Tunes book has a version that goes high to low. 


Banjowik - Posted - 11/20/2013:  13:39:53


Thanks, Viper



Got it!! Worked off a combination of Zepps Video and Dan's Festival book, and worked it using the Old Time Jam machine, Three great resources found via the Hangout.



Thanks to those who create these resources!!



Thanks for your help, now to noodle around with it and make it my own!!


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