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2011-11-03 - Sailor's Hornpipe

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Size: 344kb, uploaded 11/2/2011 3:04:35 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

My 4yo daughter has one of those electric mini pianos. I wanted to impress her a bit with my playing and also to practice some transcription skills and thus decided to arrange her favourite preset tune for banjo. It seemed perfect for some melodic banjo as it clearly seemed to be a fiddle melody. It also seemed so familiar but I didn't know the name. I asked a colleague who is a first violinist for a symphony orchestra and he thought it was a Scottish dance but didn't know the name either. Try googling a melody... Anyway, I eventually found out that the tune was called "Sailor's Hornpipe" or "The College Hornpipe" and in fact is a very popular fiddle tune. I guess I should feel stupid for not knowing... I made this arrangement some time in August and wanted to make this recording and arrangement a little project for my first banjo anniversary as I got my banjo on August 26, 2010. Unfortunately I didn't find the time to record it so I'm uploading this now two months late. The good thing about it is that I have had a lot of time to practice this tune so I'm quite content with the recording. I only had to play it a few times until I was mostly happy with the cut. The tablature to the recording is in my tab section.

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2018-10-11 - Old Home Place Intro

Posted by phb, written by Doug Dillard

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Size: 627kb, uploaded 10/11/2018 2:29:50 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

My recording of JD Crowe's intro to the "Old Home Place" at 75% of the original speed.

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Jerusalem Ridge (solo banjo)

Posted by phb, written by Bill Monroe & Kenny Baker

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Size: 3,195kb, uploaded 8/14/2022 12:50:55 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

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Recommendation for recording my banjo

This is my recording of me playing Jerusalem Ridge. The recording was made with a Zoom H5 situated about a meter away from the banjo using the X/Y mike the Zoom comes with. Using audacity, I normalised the volume, added some compression and a little reverb (in this order). I think there is too much pick noise and I suspect something is wrong with the compression setup.

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Jerusalem Ridge (with computer backing track)

Posted by phb, written by Bill Monroe & Kenny Baker

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Size: 3,223kb, uploaded 8/14/2022 12:52:28 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

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Recommendation for recording my banjo

This is my recording of me playing Jerusalem Ridge including the backing track I practice this song with. The recording was made with a Zoom H5 situated about a meter away from the banjo using the X/Y mike the Zoom comes with. Using audacity, I normalised the volume, added some compression and a little reverb (in this order). I think there is too much pick noise and I suspect something is wrong with the compression setup. The backing track seems to mask some of the deficiencies in my playing.

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Love, Oh Love, Please Come Home

Posted by phb, written by Bill Monroe

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Size: 2,149kb, uploaded 7/2/2022 6:43:34 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Bluegrass with tuba accompaniment and solo recorded at one of our jam sessions.

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Salt Spring

Posted by phb, written by John Reischman

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Size: 3,283kb, uploaded 4/30/2022 8:14:45 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

I first heard this lovely tune a few weeks ago in a jam session and it showed up twice in other sessions. Hence, it was time I learned this tune. I set up a backing track and played with it until I was happy with my arrangement.

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Salt Spring with tuba

Posted by phb, written by John Reischman

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Size: 6,409kb, uploaded 7/2/2022 6:40:19 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Our last jam session took place on the terrace of the restaurant where we usually play. A tuba player passed by on his bicycle, stopped to listen and was invited into the session. This is the first tune we played together.

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The Caves of Jericho

Posted by phb, written by Richard Bell, Levon Helm, John Simon

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Size: 2,439kb, uploaded 1/31/2018 2:08:27 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Joan and Pete Wernick playing "The Caves of Jericho", March 23, 2013.

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Will the Circle Be Unbroken

Posted by phb, written by Ada Habershon, Charles Gabriel

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Size: 4,523kb, uploaded 2/20/2019 5:03:38 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Recorded at a beginners' jam.

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