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Betsy Likens (2-finger up-picking)

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Size: 1,054kb, uploaded 6/23/2007 12:21:06 PM
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I learned Betsy Likens in clawhammer from Miles Krassen's book Clawhammer banjo. Here I play it twofinger thumb lead (with index lead on the varaiation of the B part). I think it is a wonderful tune. I play it on my old unbranded Asian banjo that I bought in 1967. It has a little queer tone but I like the sound. Some of the sound may come from a homemade bridge.

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Coal Creek March

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Size: 844kb, uploaded 1/2/2012 4:48:59 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Coal Creek March from the playing of Pete Steele

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Cripple Creek (2-finger up-picking)

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Size: 862kb, uploaded 6/23/2007 12:25:02 PM
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This is still an experiment, I don't have it as I want yet, but it is a good demonstration of the thumb lead technique. I play it in A-tuning on a Samick.

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Down The Road (2-finger up-picking)

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Size: 1,181kb, uploaded 6/23/2007 12:32:09 PM
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This is an old tune that have been recorded with different names by several artists.: Uncle Dave Macon, Watson Family, Flatt and Scruggs and others. The tune is related to Ida Red. I play it in straight thumb lead two finger. A-tuning. Played on my Samick

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East Islet Express (2-finger up-picking)

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Size: 918kb, uploaded 6/23/2007 12:41:10 PM
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This is more or less an own tune that I have figured out myself. I have stolen the theme from the family of Reuben's Train, 500 miles, 800 miles, 900 miles, Train 45 and others. In the 80's I also played it balalaika, so later I plan to put together a banjo-balaika duet. I call it East Islet Express after the commuter train I travelled a lot when I was younger ("Österskärsexpressen")

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Ground Hog (2-finger up-picking)

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Size: 702kb, uploaded 6/23/2007 12:44:45 PM
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This is an old tune that needs no presentation. I learned it from Art Rosenbaum's book but added some own licks (I actually got some ideas from Tommy Jarrell's version). It is played in A-tuning on my Samick.

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Grovy Shades

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Size: 869kb, uploaded 6/23/2007 2:06:25 PM
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This is a homemade tune based on Shady Grove but not played in the usual modal mode. A-tuning and ckawhammer. Recorded in January but posted in June.

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Gubben Noach / Old Man Noah - 2-finger up picking

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Size: 1,452kb, uploaded 1/17/2009 9:17:09 AM
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An old Swedish song from 1791

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Gubben Noach / Old Man Noah - clawhammer

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Size: 1,182kb, uploaded 1/17/2009 9:14:37 AM
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Gubben Noach is an old Swedish tune that was published 1791

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Jan-Olov's Dream (2-finger up-picking)

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Size: 1,300kb, uploaded 6/23/2007 12:53:04 PM
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This is another tune that I more or less have composed myself. I have got some of the musical ideas from John Brown's Dream, hence the title, but I maltreated it a lot. It is in G modal tuning (Sawmill tuning). The first part is played with index lead, the second part is played with thumb lead and the third part is mixed and contains some thumb rolls that gives a nice syncopated effect. I play it on my old Asian unbranded banjo.

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Jan-Olov's March

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Size: 637kb, uploaded 6/23/2007 12:57:01 PM
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This is another homemade tune. It is a mixture of thumb-lead and lndex-led with use of thumb rolls. I made it out mostly because I needed (need) some good exercise. Played in A tuning on the Samick.

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John Brown's Dream (2-finger up-picking)

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Size: 1,322kb, uploaded 6/23/2007 1:04:10 PM
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I think that John Brown's Dream needs no presentation. It is an old banjo - fiddle tune, usually played in Round Peak style. I have converted it to twofinger thumb lead (I am also exercising index lead but not on this recording). PLayed in A-tuning.

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John Hardy (2-finger up-picking)

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Size: 716kb, uploaded 6/23/2007 1:08:12 PM
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John Hardy is an wellknown ballad. I played it in A tuning on a Samick

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John Henry (clawhammer)

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John Henry played CH in A-tuning. Recorded in January but posted in June

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Little Maggie

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Size: 779kb, uploaded 6/23/2007 1:11:25 PM
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Little Maggie is another wellknown ballad, that have been played in almost all kind of banjo styles. Here I play it two-finger with mixed thumb lead and index lead. A-tuning.

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Maltidssang - Dinner Song

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Size: 1,754kb, uploaded 1/17/2009 10:03:11 AM
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An old Swedish song from 1792

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Medley Gubben Noach - Maltidssang

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Size: 1,488kb, uploaded 1/17/2009 9:53:14 AM
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Two old Swedish songs from 1791 (or earlier). I play it with Nylgut Minstrel strings and E tuning (eBEG#E)

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Red River Valley (2-finger up picking)

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Size: 909kb, uploaded 6/23/2007 1:18:17 PM
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This is a wellknown folk song that has been popular also in Sweden. This was the very first tune I learned by myself in 1968 (I worked out a twofinger thumb lead version). Here I play it in thumb lead in A-tuning.

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Sally Ann

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Size: 1,805kb, uploaded 1/9/2007 2:49:14 AM
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Clawhammer in double D tuning. This is my first recording and I had some problems with the softwar before I managed to get it down.

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Shady Grove (2-finger up-picking)

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Size: 1,169kb, uploaded 6/23/2007 1:27:05 PM
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Played in sawmill tuning on my old unbranded Asian banjo with a homemade bridge. I play it thumb lead, in the end I try the B part in index lead but with a little abrupt ending....

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