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My list of tunes with tuning I use

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Nov 2015-Jan 2020
Alphabetical by key & tuning I use.
Note: tuning includes 6 strings so can be used on frailing guitar; for banjo, exclude 1st letter=6th string on guitar eg. Gmodal banjo=gDGCD. Tuning also includes my fretless mountain banjo tuning, which I drop 5 semitones from steel string banjo tunings.

G modal  (F#) = key of G, modal tuning, (sharps or flats in the key).
DgDGCD (or A modal capo 2)
Cherry River Line
ClinchMt Backstep(Amod) = I may play in Amodal (Gmod capo 2)
Cluck Old Hen (A)
Cold & Frosty Morn
Don’t let deal go down(CarlMartin) (musician's version I play)
OJClark frailing SteveBaughman
Over the Mountain (HenryReedReel)
Pretty Little Shoes (McCumber)
Salt River
Sandy Boys
Shady Grove
The Cuckoo
Twin Sisters
D tunings    (F# C#)
f#DF#AD (Reuben) IV0120 V2102 (how to finger IV and V chords)
Fretless c# AC#EA key of A  
Cumberland Gap f#BEAD (Art Rosenbaum)
or Reuben tuning
Reuben's Train/Old Ruben  
Sally Ann (Steve Martin, Reuben)
Star of County Down Rubecapo2 key Em?
F (~g mountain minor)   (Bb)
i F 3203 iv Bb x323 v C 2002 VI Dm 0223
Cumberland Gap (Clifton Hicks)
Pretty Polly (Hicks,2fing)
Double Bb tuning   (Bb Eb)
 f Bb F Bb C=f A# F A# C
Rye Whiskey  ¾ <dC capo-2> = (Clifton Hicks)
Double C & Open C
 CgCGCD 243344 (numbers=octave)
(or double D capo 2 aDADE)
Fretless dG dGDGA
? D (Law&Hargreaves Medley#2)
Amazing Grace (pent) see next pg Cscale
Angeline the Baker C
Arkansas Traveler
Bill Orr (City Limits)
Billy in the Low Ground C
Black-Eyed Susie
Colored Aristocracy (gCGCE open C)
Cornbread & Butterbeans (C for Molly Johnson, G for Rhiannon Giddens)
Cripple Creek
E Virginia Blues
Fly around pretty little miss D
Freight Train
I'll Fly Away (D singing Al.KrauseCD)
Jesse James
John Henry (Marcus Martin)
Julieanne Johnson
Jump Jim Crow (Mark Ralston)
Midnight on the Water  D (L&H medley#1)
Mississippi Sawyer
Mole in the Ground (pentatonic)
Needlecase D
New Railroad (Crooked Still & Hargreaves)
Old Molly Hare
Over the Waterfall D
Polly put the kettle on
Red River Valley
Rock the Cradle Joe
Roll on John (Mike Oberst)
Sally Ann D (3 versions)
Sally Goodin C or G
Snake Charmer’s Daughter
Soldier's Joy (D easier double pulloff)also gCGBD (HunterRoberson,Hobart)
Spotted Pony
Sugar Hill C
Texas Traveler (Tui)
Whisky before breakfast D
Worried Man (C&G)
Key of G  ( F#)
DgDGBD 243344   
Fretless dADF#A key of D
8 more miles to Louisville
Big Sandy River A
Bill Cheatum A
Can't be Satisfied (slide)
Cherokee Shuffle (A&D)
Cripple Creek
Fine times at our house (A)
Hard for to love/Sweet Sunny South (Erynn fretlessD or G)
High on the Mountain
House of the Rising Sun 3/4 (time signature)
Jenny ran away in the mud in the night A
June Apple
Little Maggie
Liza Jane (McCumber)
OJC (reg,Aussie,WWard,Tony Polecastro)
Red Haired Boy
Rye Whiskey G (& A capo 2, dobC#)
Sally Goodwin G
Turkey in the Straw G
Uncle Pen (A)  (F#C#G#)
Triple G (low G tuning)
gGDGD 42334
Yew Piney Mt (also Lester McCumbers/DonBorchelt gDGAD )
Also G Mt Minor tunes
Triple C gCGCC (C minor feel)
Cluck Old Hen
Darling Cory pentatonic
Shady Grove
Yew Piney Mt C (on 4th&3rd strings)

F Sandy River Belle tuning fCFCD
Barlow Knife (RG Hocutt SRB, Josh Turknett G or SRB)
Sandy River Belle F (capo2 G)
Working on/incomplete:
 “Dream song” (D)

Pentatonic dC scale (exclude x)
C    G    C    D
0c    g    c    d
2d    a    d    e
3            xf
4e    xb    e        
5xf    c    xf    g    

ET=>JI  note, offset (converting Equal Temperament tuning to Just Intonation, cents difference)
1 0    5 2
2  3    6 -18
3  -12    7 -15
4 -2    8 0



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Tried to learn banjo back in the 1970's, but gave up after 5 years. Then, I ran across Patrick's website. His "anyone can do this" attitude prompted me to try again. After 40 years of learning right brain stuff (painting, calligraphy, airplane acrobatics) I recognized that the standard left brain music methods I tried in the 70's was not the way to go. I developed my own teaching methods, based on right brain learning methods, and whoosh....Success. I'm farther ahead after 2 years of RB than I was after 5 years of traditional LB music instruction. I progressed so quickly that my friends don't believe me when I say 24 months...sigh. I know I'm not a "natural musician", based on my experience so long ago. Josh Turknett's method is similar to mine, btw. It really works :-) I still consider myself a beginner/intermediate, not a pro by any means. But I have a great time when I play.

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