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Crossin' The Cumberlands

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Size: 1,543kb, uploaded 5/29/2008 3:12:31 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

This is in Gm tuning. Written by Bill Monroe. It was the first tune I learned totally by ear. I had recorded it on a small cassette recorder as Bill Foster played it in the banjo competition, either at the Fiddler's Convention in Florence, or in Athens, prior to 1974. For some reason, in order to learn it, I made a wooden capo layered up from a kite frame, that skipped the 4th string, and rubber banded it on at the 5th fret. Later on, I found where those notes were on the fingerboard without needing the 1st - 3rd strings capoed. Listening to it, you can visualize the early settlers coming across the mountains, on foot, on horse back, in wagons, carrying everything they owned, and risking their lives heading into a new frontier. Banjo: 2008 Smith Walnut Legend, Device: Zoom H2 Recorder

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Fireball Mail

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Size: 1,541kb, uploaded 5/29/2008 3:11:33 PM
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Glenn Bagwell (if you look at the Gristmill Grinder photos from my Auburn days) would sing all the verses to this. He could even flatpick the intro to this, which was always fun to hear. The bass player and I would echo the opposites to his verses, usually making him forget the words... it was great fun and the audience loved it! Banjo: 2008 Smith Walnut Legend, Device: Zoom H2 Recorder

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Hot Corn, Cold Corn

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Size: 1,215kb, uploaded 5/29/2008 3:09:05 PM
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This is a hard song to play right. The number of syllables in the verses make this very difficult to sing if the pace gets out of hand! Just listen to the Carnegie Hall material. I really enjoy playing up the neck on this one. The tone and hollowness really stand out... when you're behind the banjo! Banjo: 2008 Smith Walnut Legend, Device: Zoom H2 Recorder

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Stay All Night

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Size: 677kb, uploaded 5/29/2008 3:10:11 PM
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Like Hot Corn... this is a song full of nonsense verses. Nonetheless, I like playing it... especially to the grandkids! I never developed an up the neck break to this or Hot Corn until Kyle set-up my Alvarez. The hollow, reflexive pop just begs me to play in the higher registers. Banjo: 2008 Smith Walnut Legend, Device: Zoom H2 Recorder

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What A Friend We Have In Jesus

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Size: 1,036kb, uploaded 5/29/2008 3:13:20 PM
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The banjo is tuned to standard open G tuning, but is played out of F, like I learned it in church. I really like the slow stuff at times. It allows a whole different feel to come out of the banjo and gives me the opportunity to play harmony, usually with the melody on top. Banjo: 2008 Smith Walnut Legend, Device: Zoom H2 Recorder

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