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2-finger thumb-lead example

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Size: 111kb, uploaded 1/31/2008 10:28:52 AM
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Just a short clip where I play the sequence I posted in the CH-OT forum. I added a final thumb that is not in the posting just because my brain won't let me leave it out.

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2-finger Wild Bill Jones

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Size: 896kb, uploaded 1/31/2008 10:30:53 AM
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A fragment of Wild Bill Jones, 2-finger thumb-lead style. I am in G-tuning, not necessarily to pitch, and playing the no-name aluminum banjo.

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Abe's Retreat / Battle of Bull Run

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Size: 4,042kb, uploaded 2/26/2011 2:46:12 PM
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I'm working on getting this tune right. As of now this is my best effort. I'm in A-Modal

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Angeline the Baker (Again?)

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Size: 3,285kb, uploaded 2/1/2007 10:00:21 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Played on my bicentennial, more or less in C.

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Apple Knockers

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Size: 3,251kb, uploaded 6/15/2009 7:55:38 AM
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A couple of months ago I was in a fiddle workshop given by Billy Mathews in Urbana, Il. This A-tune was the first of 5 tunes he taught. It works pretty well on banjo, and is nice and easy on the fiddle. He told us that an apple knocker was a term for a person who picks the apples, and that there is another tune in D by the same name (different tune). I recorded the banjo first so that I wouldn't break rhythm on the fiddle.

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Avalon Quickstep

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Size: 1,682kb, uploaded 10/26/2006 10:43:45 AM
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Played on my aluminum pot banjo in double C.

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Banjo Tramp

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Size: 4,827kb, uploaded 7/22/2010 8:15:50 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I had heard this tune before, but finally learned it at the Indiana Fiddlers Gathering, in Billy Mathews' tent.

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Barlow Knife

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Size: 1,486kb, uploaded 12/8/2006 11:37:54 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

AKA Cabin Creek. Gold tone WL-250, G tuning.

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Barlow Knife (with a little vocal)

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Size: 2,102kb, uploaded 4/27/2012 12:31:38 PM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

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Battle Cry of Freedom

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Size: 1,561kb, uploaded 12/5/2009 1:13:11 PM
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Played on my old aluminum banjo, more or less in double-C tuning.

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Bean Walker's Mile

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Size: 1,345kb, uploaded 5/5/2009 12:57:42 PM
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LyleK posted a great version of this tune, which inspired me to give it a try. I am on my nylgut-strung Bicentennial banjo, in double-C tuning.

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Belle of Lexington

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Size: 2,966kb, uploaded 6/23/2019 8:55:15 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

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Belle of Lexington

Quick recording to remind me of the tune in the future.

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Billy in the Low Land (after Steve Moore)

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Size: 3,438kb, uploaded 3/22/2011 4:33:37 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Billy in the Low Ground is one of those tunes that I enjoy listening to, and playing along with, but I've never been inspired to actually work it out. However, I got inspired by the last of the four links to BHO tunes that Don Borchelt listed in a TOTW; the one from rcmoore which is a recording by Steve Moore (father?) made in the 1950s or 60s when Steve Moore was in his 80s. He calls it "Billy in the Low Land". I believe that recording is in "E," but I expect it could be that the recording device wasn't running at a standard speed. When Mr Moore is playing it, I can certainly recognize it as "Billy in the Low Ground" but when I play it, I can recognize what I play as coming from Mr Moore, but it no longer sounds like "Billy in the Low Ground". Hmm, must be doing something wrong. But, I was having fun with it.

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Black-Eyed Suzie

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Size: 1,690kb, uploaded 3/6/2014 9:15:13 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Quick recording on my Bicentennial banjo. I think I learned this from the Art Rosenbaum book.

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Bob-Tailed Mule

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Size: 1,282kb, uploaded 6/25/2012 3:42:20 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

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Booth Shot Lincoln

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Size: 1,337kb, uploaded 5/16/2010 2:20:12 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Hmmph. I should have posted this back when it was a tune of the week.

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Briarpicker Brown

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Size: 3,265kb, uploaded 8/8/2008 3:06:20 PM
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I learned this tune recently and I'm having a blast with it. I'm on both the WL-250 and the CEB-5 cello banjo, both in double-D tuning..

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Buck Mountain

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Size: 1,172kb, uploaded 10/28/2014 8:06:13 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

We don't play this much in my area. For several years I had been playing along with the Bloomington, IN crowd--but only at the 1-2 times per year when we get to meet. Finally a couple of weeks ago I found that I was actually humming it to myself so I thought I'd do a quick recording today. I'm on my old aluminum banjo and recording on my desktop at work. My computer seems to have developed a hum.

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Buck Mountain (Lee & Erich & rain)

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Size: 5,590kb, uploaded 6/26/2015 7:13:30 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Fiddle is by Lee Mysliwiec, from whom I learned the tune. We recorded this for a TOTW sitting knee-to-knee under an "easy-up" at a very rainy Indiana Fiddlers Gathering in 2015. The rain makes for static like a scratchy old record. At the end you can hear Lee getting up to offer to help the young lady, whose shelter we had borrowed, to secure an extra tarp.

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Calico Corn (B Mathews fiddle)

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Size: 542kb, uploaded 11/21/2014 7:59:18 AM
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This is an excerpt from Vol 1, Disc 5 of Billy Mathews' 500 tune project. One run-through each of the A and B parts. Fiddler info, he is tuned ADAE. For those of you who have not heard of it, this project is a great way to learn tunes by ear. For each tune he announces the name and key, and then plays it through 3-4 times at a moderate but not dumbed down tempo. It can be ordered from his site at http://www.banjobilly.net/

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