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Angeline the Baker (fretless)

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Size: 1,863kb, uploaded 12/11/2007 10:20:25 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This is my first try at recording on my newly-converted fretless banjo. The nylon strings are still settling down, so the tuning's a little unstable. Angeline the Baker is one of my favourite double C pieces. If I'm playing alone (as here) I don't usually bother to capo or tune up to D.

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Baptist Shout

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Size: 2,050kb, uploaded 6/7/2008 11:27:05 AM
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This is a tune I learned from a Mike Seeger banjo DVD. I play it in a 3-finger up-picking style in f#DF#AD tuning. Here it's played on my fretless banjo.

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Blodau Llundain

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Size: 1,289kb, uploaded 12/1/2007 11:20:35 AM
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A Welsh tune played here by me on fiddle and banjo - the latter tuned to double C, capo 2 (tune is in D).

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Kitchen Girl / Rachel Dafydd Ifan

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Size: 2,278kb, uploaded 11/24/2007 12:27:50 PM
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The first of these two tunes is an American one that I learned first from the Fiddler's Fakebook. The second is a traditional Welsh tune, which seems to fit very well with the other. I play them both in open G tuning. Usually I'd play them through lots of times each, but I stuck to twice through for the sake of the recording.

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Old Joe Clark

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Size: 3,935kb, uploaded 11/24/2007 12:34:13 PM
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This is the result of me mucking around with multitrack recording on my computer. I decided to record the banjo and vocals separately so I could balance them properly. After laying down the banjo track in G I decided to push the key up to A so I could add some fiddle as well; rather than rerecord the banjo I raised the pitch digitally. The vocal took 3 takes because I kept fluffing lines. At one point I did an extra repeat on one of the instrumental verses, but decided to leave it in.

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Rainy Day in May

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Size: 1,131kb, uploaded 5/1/2009 9:26:03 AM
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Here's a little tune I wrote myself. I hope I haven't inadvertently ripped off an existing tune. It's played in double C tuning and is called Rainy Day in May purely because it was raining when it was written (1st May 2009).

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The Handsome Cabin Boy

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Size: 3,685kb, uploaded 6/7/2008 11:17:53 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Other

I'm not sure where this folksong hails from but it's an amusing, if somewhat implausible, story. I accompany myself on a banjo tuned in open C (gCGCE) using a 2-and-a-half finger index lead style (i.e. I occasionally throw in a bit of middle finger work).

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