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2 Worlds (Violin and Banjo)

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Size: 5,569kb, uploaded 12/6/2008 1:55:53 PM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

I came across Tom Adams "Lowlands of Holland" recently, and so I had the idea of composing a piece featuring the c-minor tuning. The piece is called 2 Worlds because you find stylistic elements of bluegrass and classical music. Basically my picking here is a kind of melodic style picking but there are also some Fleck like picking patterns in the backup for the violin. As usual both parts are played by myself. Tab and lead sheet of the violin is ready for email. Picked on the HUBER BANJO.

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Adams County Breakdown 160BPM (Fiddle and Banjo)

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Size: 3,197kb, uploaded 4/21/2009 3:07:44 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

160 BPM! Well, it is breakdown time now! That is the fastest I can pick and bow right now without loosing (almost) control but only on breakdowns. I think I even could pick a tiny bit faster on banjo but on fiddle I have reached the limit. Adams County Breakdown has always been a favorite of mine. My interpretation consists of bluegrass picking and bowing styles but as usual I do some unusual things too. While searching for a suitable back up on fiddle I thought I give a try to some classical playing techniques. Furthermore the banjobreaks are picked in the key of A whereas the breaks on fiddle are played in the key of G. It is a small detail but I like this effect. I had to make a lot of takes and still it is not perfect. Oh by the way the strings are on my banjo for almost 8 months now. Do you think I should change?

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Alien from Banjoplanet (Violin and Banjo)

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Size: 6,480kb, uploaded 2/17/2009 2:52:40 PM
Genre: Classical / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Let me show you a new contemporary banjo and violin piece of mine featuring the Bb-minor-tuning. The harmony progressions of the fast stuff are similar to those found in compositions of vivaldi. The title was an idea from Jammer and I thought it fits well. It has a slow intro and ending which is supposed to be kind of spacy. The middle part is more from Earth. Picked on the HUBER BANJO.

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Amazing Grace (Violin and Banjo)

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Size: 5,317kb, uploaded 9/14/2009 12:35:13 PM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Its done! An old melody in a new shape! I was thinking a long time about how to arrange the melody of Amazing Grace for Violin and Banjo. Now I come up with this halfway bluegrass/ halfway classical sounding arrangement. I am on banjo and violin. Hope you enjoy.

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Auld Lang Syne (Fiddle and Banjo)

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Size: 3,900kb, uploaded 2/2/2008 5:59:10 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Here is my arrangement of Auld lang syne. It features 3 banjobreaks and a freely played chord melody arrangement at the end. I also play the fiddle part. Picked on my japanese FAKE GIBSON.

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Big Country (Picking and Bowing)

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Size: 6,301kb, uploaded 2/26/2009 2:08:59 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Servus liebe Banjopicker, Hier ist mein neuestes Arrangement. Ich habe das Stueck ein wenig veraendert um es geeignet fuer Fiddle und Banjo zu machen. Ooops English? Hi Banjomates, Here is my newest arrangement. I modified the piece slightly in order to make it suitable for fiddle and banjo. Besides there is a slow part in the middle on which I play the melody in double stops on the banjo and a high line on the violin. Sometimes I add a second banjo for some effects. Picked on the HUBER BANJO.

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Black Orpheus (Fiddle and Banjo)

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Size: 4,701kb, uploaded 3/29/2009 1:05:54 PM
Genre: Jazz / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Well, its time to switch to another genre. Here is an attempt to play an old jazz ballad on the fiddle and the banjo. The challenge was to create a full sounding arrangement although I do not have a bass, piano and drums. So I decided to use some chord brushes for back up. The first solo is a scruggs style arrangement whereas the second break features single string and tremolo stuff. What do you think which part is the hardest? The brushes, the scruggs style arrangement or the single string stuff? Hope you like my fiddling, too. Picked on the HUBER BANJO.

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Blackberry Blossom (Picking and Bowing)

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Size: 6,966kb, uploaded 12/13/2008 6:39:46 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Do you have time for 6 minutes? Here is my version of Blackberry Blossom. It is a standard piece but I have done some non standard things. It features a slow classical intro and ending and a bluegrassy middle section. Its me on both Fiddle or Violin and Banjo. Hope you enjoy. This recording is dedicated to all my friends on the BHO! Picked on the HUBER BANJO.

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Classical Breakdown (Violin and Banjo)

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Size: 4,284kb, uploaded 11/7/2008 2:15:04 PM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

My composition Classical Breakdown features mainly scruggs style roll patterns and has a lot of harmony changes. The violin has some rhythmic patterns too, but mainly it plays long melodic lines over the banjo rolls. Picked on the HUBER BANJO.

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Clinch Mountain Backstep (Fiddle and Banjo)

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Size: 5,097kb, uploaded 1/14/2008 8:01:08 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

My version of Clinch Mountain Backstep features a fiddle and a double banjo lead at the end. Unfortunately the sound quality is not the best on this one. Picked on my japanese FAKE GIBSON.

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Devils Dream (Fiddle and Banjo)

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Size: 5,618kb, uploaded 4/23/2008 4:47:09 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

This is my version of Devils Dream. It features a lot of variations and some of the highest notes posted on the BHO. I also experiment with some plectrum back up on my 5string. My breaks also feature a lot of tripletsstuff. The hardest part was to create the back up stuff. Picked on my japanese FAKE GIBSON.

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El Cumbanchero (Fiddle and Banjo)

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Size: 4,612kb, uploaded 2/11/2010 10:38:51 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

I don´t like my old version of El Cumbanchero anymore, so here is a new one featuring a slow intro and outro.

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Embraceable You (Banjo and Guitar)

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Size: 4,478kb, uploaded 12/13/2007 6:31:46 PM
Genre: Jazz / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

This was recorded on the 20.07.2002 in Luetzensommern near Weimar. I d like to thank David Gatzsche for his classical guitar playing and his recording work. We performed this piece during Davids Chamber Music exam at the Franz Liszt Hochschule in Weimar. Imagine, a poor banjoplayer surrounded by professors of classical guitar who have never seen a banjo in reality in their lives before! I will never forget those faces!! Picked on my japanese FAKE GIBSON.

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Fantasy for 2 Violins and Banjo (after J. Krueger)

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Size: 5,629kb, uploaded 9/18/2008 3:54:39 PM
Genre: Classical / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

I recently heard a piece by J. Krueger. I was so impressed by his way of playing that I decided to create a chamber music like piece which is based on his melody. I added 2 melodic lines and I changed the banjo part slightly. Everything is played by myself including some little mistakes. Picked on my japanese FAKE GIBSON.

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Horizons for Violin and Banjo

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Size: 3,779kb, uploaded 2/7/2009 2:25:13 PM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

I guess you never heard something similar before?! This piece features the Bb-tuning. Sorry for some wrong intonation in the violin. It was quite challenging to record that as there are some tricky passages. I called this piece horizons as I want to pick "where no one has picked before". Picked on the HUBER BANJO.

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I can see clearly now (Fiddle and Banjo)

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Size: 4,714kb, uploaded 2/2/2008 8:17:20 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Here is a new instrumental version of Jim Cliffs song. I was inspired by Bluegrass ETC, but it is still my own stuff. It is really hard to do multitrack recording, but I enjoy doing it. Picked on my japanese FAKE GIBSON.

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I Saw The Light (Fiddle and Banjo)

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Size: 3,062kb, uploaded 1/3/2008 8:47:27 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

I am experimenting with a ricochet bowing to back up the banjo. How do you like it? I play both instruments. Picked on my japanese FAKE GIBSON.

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Irish Picking and Bowing

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Size: 8,722kb, uploaded 1/16/2009 3:32:54 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Do you have time for 9 minutes? Here is a Medley of 5 traditional tunes: Cooleys Reel, Anthony Payne of Stratton, Silver Spear, Cuckous Nest and Harvest Home. Me on banjo 1, I on banjo 2, Myself on fiddle 1 and Manuel on fiddle 2. I wanted to imitate some Bodhran sounds so I used a droning triplet picking pattern in the backup banjo. Picked on the HUBER BANJO.

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Jesse James (Fiddle and Banjo)

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Size: 4,982kb, uploaded 4/15/2009 1:59:53 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

I do not like my old recording of JJ anymore so I decided to come up with a new version which features more variations. At first you hear the melody in half speed using double stops on banjo. Than I pick a standard bluegrassbreak in the key of G followed by a fiddle break in the same key. Now I switch back to the key of D and I pick the solo you might know from my old recording. To round it up I finish the song by using the double stop melody on fiddle. A tab of the break in the key of D is provided in the photo section on my account. Hope you like it. Picked on the HUBER BANJO.

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Lonesome Fiddle Blues (Fiddle and Banjo)

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Size: 3,295kb, uploaded 4/1/2008 3:25:47 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Here is my version of Lonesome Fiddle Blues. It features a slow introduktion and 2 breaks on fiddle and banjo.The 2nd fiddle solo uses slow and high doublestops and is played in more or less classical way. I play both instruments. I played it at 100bpm. I think it should be played not too fast as it is not a breakdown. Picked on my japanese FAKE GIBSON.

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