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Banjo No. 5

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Size: 1,427kb, uploaded 6/24/2010 10:53:08 PM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

a calypso thing i made up. not a bluegrass roll in site but played 3 finger style

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blackthorn stick

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Size: 1,101kb, uploaded 4/11/2011 5:26:14 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

first time through i play it straight, 2nd time i've added some harmony notes

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blarney pilgrim

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Size: 1,537kb, uploaded 4/11/2011 5:23:20 AM
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3 finger style, lots of double stops played with index and middle

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Bodhi's Lullaby

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Size: 1,349kb, uploaded 7/20/2014 5:45:25 PM
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A tune I made up a few days ago for my niece's new baby boy. My playing is kinda rough as usual! double C tuning, 3 finger picking style

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cook in the kitchen

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Size: 1,498kb, uploaded 3/30/2011 6:30:00 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

i've put in a few harmony notes along with the melody, ie double stops. not entirely traditional approach. Please excuse the numerous fluffed notes. i must practice more!

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dashing white sargent

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Size: 884kb, uploaded 5/5/2011 7:31:10 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

i think i've remained faithful to the melody while adding some extra notes to make it more 'banjonic'. tuning is DBGDa

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Deer Country

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Size: 1,739kb, uploaded 4/17/2013 10:54:38 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Here's a tune I made up recently. I think it might be a good one? but what does anyone think? banjo in Gminor tuning. I like the chord progression and the melody is very open to interpretation. Constructive critiscism welcome.

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Emma's Waltz

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Size: 2,033kb, uploaded 4/19/2010 8:28:33 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

i'm not sure what category to put this waltz i wrote in. i'm playing 3 finger style but it sounds old time to me

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Green Fields of America

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Size: 758kb, uploaded 5/12/2015 3:58:34 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

This is a tune Tom Hanway put me on to. I looked up sheet music, you tubes and stole some ideas from Tom.

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Handsome Molly

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Size: 3,510kb, uploaded 7/3/2013 8:18:46 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

I've just some recording with my Pete Denahy. here's a well known song. I hope to put out an album of 11 originals tunes and 4 songs (covers) in a couple of months

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High Reel

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Size: 1,082kb, uploaded 7/3/2011 7:52:53 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

i'm playing a 5 string but it's a very single string approach and don't play the 5th string once. i'm in g tuning, capoed 2nd fret

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I've got a mule to ride

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Size: 2,865kb, uploaded 6/3/2017 12:21:41 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I'm big Ralph Stanley fan. So this is our take on Ralph's version of this old song.

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Icy Creek

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Size: 2,370kb, uploaded 2/17/2010 1:57:50 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

-a tune i wrote a while ago. tuning is Cminor- gCGCEb and capoed up to Dminor. i'm playing it on my Deering Deluxe.

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josephine

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Size: 2,507kb, uploaded 8/23/2012 4:20:07 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

A song written by gary forrester, lead singer in the Rank Strangers, a band I was in quite a few years ago now. Song named after my daughter. always loved this song. i'm banjoing and singing both harmonies, recorded about 1990 i think

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Josie's Return

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Size: 3,190kb, uploaded 7/19/2013 4:51:47 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A tune I wrote recently for my daughter. It refers to her return to good health after very painful stay in hospital with a collapsed lung.

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Lawry Cobley's Cattle Lullaby

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Size: 2,596kb, uploaded 11/25/2009 7:13:59 PM
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Cobley was a timber cutter and stockman who, as the story goes, used this tune to keep the mob quiet at night.

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mason's apron

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Size: 598kb, uploaded 9/1/2012 5:55:18 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

i've tried to stay close to the melody that a fiddle or 4 string banjo player would play, i guess i could call the picking approach 'celtic fingerstyle' . i've got 62 of these tunes available in book with cd and tabs if anyone's interested

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Merrily Kiss The Quaker's Wife

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Size: 1,497kb, uploaded 6/8/2011 6:49:22 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

this is a very common tune for traditional dances in Australia.

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morning dew

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Size: 1,291kb, uploaded 6/10/2011 2:36:19 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

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rain and snow

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Size: 3,925kb, uploaded 8/23/2012 4:24:14 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

recorded a couple of nights ago in the kitchen. that's me attempting lead vocal, my partner Fran on harmony. recorded on my zoom H2

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