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Long Journey Home

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Size: 480kb, uploaded 10/12/2008 2:13:14 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Arrangement by my teacher Eddie Collins. Played (slowly) on my Fender FB-58 with AMB Cryo strings and mounted with a Nave profile bridge that I made from craft (popsicle) sticks.

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My Forgetter's Getting Better

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Size: 2,351kb, uploaded 10/19/2009 3:10:12 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Sometime back, my wife got a poem in an email that perfectly described my memory problems. I said "there ought to be a way to put some music with that". This is the result, recorded this past weekend while we were playing at a church fundraiser in La Grange, TX. I am singing & playing guitar. My friend Art Horan (Roll Player) is on banjo. Dan Ryan is on mandolin. Marsha Correira is on bass, and Jim Shaffer is on fiddle.

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Nellie Kane

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Size: 887kb, uploaded 5/23/2013 2:40:00 PM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

This is an excerpt which includes a banjo break played by Art Horan (Roll Player) during our band practice on May 15, 2003. The banjo is an Oscar Schmidt Asian made bottle cap banjo with a 3 ply maple rim inside the aluminum bottle cap rim. The bridge is one of my Clara Fire (plywood) Grover profile bridges.

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Nine Pound Hammer (Instrumental) Fender Artist

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Size: 609kb, uploaded 11/26/2010 6:22:45 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

This is a test recording to demonstrate the performance of a BHO member beegee inspired 5 string banjo bridge design.

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Nine Pound Hammer (Instrumental) Monstertone

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Size: 591kb, uploaded 11/26/2010 6:24:39 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

This is a test recording to demonstrate the performance of a BHO member beegee inspired bridge design and to provide an example of the sound of my Monstertone junk parts banjo.

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Noodling

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Size: 1,872kb, uploaded 5/15/2013 2:40:28 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I have no idea about the title of this selection. I was doing some recording at a friends house last year and, while the band was taking a break, my friend Chuck Middleton was playing this on his new Gold Tone Cello banjo on which, I had earlier fitted a Pete Seeger (Stu Jamieson designed) style bridge that I had built out of plywood. It's a mono recording but I delayed the right channel 50 milliseconds to add a bit of "character". I just love the sound of this banjo in this context.

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Pike County Breakdown

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Size: 1,434kb, uploaded 2/9/2009 6:13:30 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Art Horan (Roll Player) was at my house last week for a short session of bridge "fiddling". I kind of "blind sided" him while he was here and asked him to play my Fender FB-58, on which I had installed a Dam Fir bridge that I had built. We were in the backyard, the wind was howling and I captured this, using my Fostex MR-8 and the built-in microphone. I think the roll off of the high end is a function of the microphone. The banjo is quite a bit brighter in real life. Art asked me to add a little disclaimer that he wasn't prepared for this and would have practiced if he knew I was going to record it.

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Rebecca

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Size: 1,385kb, uploaded 10/27/2014 5:43:17 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Recorded after band practice 10/26/2014. I blind-sided my good friend Art Horan (Roll Player) and asked him to play something on my new-to-me 1973 Gibson RB-250. This banjo is fitted with a Tony Pass Lost Timbre rim and a Mike Smith Kat Eyz "Spice" bridge.

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Salty Dog Seeger Bridge Prototype Sample Clips

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Size: 2,316kb, uploaded 2/15/2010 4:59:27 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Recorded on my Oscar Schmidt bottlecap banjo and Art's Fender Artist to show differences in the characteristics of a poorly made Pete Seeger style bridge and 2 different Hybridge Dam bridges. The first two passages are the bottlecap banjo. The last two are the Fender Artist. Art Horan is the picker.

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Simple Song

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Size: 588kb, uploaded 4/19/2008 11:33:45 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

This song is from "Basics of Bluegrass Banjo... and a whole lot more" by Eddie Collins. My first recording played on my Fender FB-58.

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Sledd Ridin

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Size: 2,060kb, uploaded 9/17/2014 5:49:15 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

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Soldier's Joy

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Size: 1,690kb, uploaded 5/2/2010 5:27:41 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This recording, played by my friend Chuck Middleton on his Chuck Lee custom openback banjo outfitted with a printed circuit board Pete Seeger style bridge, was on my Fostex MR-8 multi-track recorder, using a Digital Reference voice microphone.

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Sullivan Roasted Bridge Sample

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Size: 980kb, uploaded 4/17/2014 2:37:48 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

This is a sample recording from band practice. I had installed one of the Sullivan roasted maple bridges on my Dumpstertone junk parts banjo. The recorder is a Tascam PR10 battery powered portable recorder mounted on a mike stand and placed in the middle of our group during rehearsal/practice on April 16, 2014. The picker is Art Horan (Roll Player). The gentleman making the comment about the tone is a blind fiddle player.

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Sure Deodorant Lid Sample Track

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Size: 1,764kb, uploaded 6/24/2010 4:04:35 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

Recorded using a Sure Deodorant plastic plug, capped with purpleheart, as a banjo bridge.

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The Old Spinning Wheel

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Size: 1,301kb, uploaded 10/30/2010 5:39:13 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Performed by my friend Art Horan (Roll Player) played on my Monstertone junk parts banjo. This banjo was in pieces 4 hours before the recording was made so the parts hadn't really settled in. I hadn't fitted the resonator yet so it is duct taped onto the rim.

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