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Old Sledge

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Size: 1,993kb, uploaded 5/27/2017 10:41:07 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I recorded this clawhammer version on a fretless banjo in 2000 and supplied the following information for my CD "Banjo Stuff": OLD SLEDGE - aDADE (tuned low to about B); Burl Hammons & Emory Bailey (via Bill Hicks on the first Fuzzy Mountain String Band record).

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Old Time Billy in the Lowground

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Size: 1,725kb, uploaded 3/4/2017 10:18:07 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I played along with the Kelly Gilbert recording with banjo in gDGde. Note, the fiddle was pitched in about G#.

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Pastures of Plenty

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Size: 1,630kb, uploaded 9/4/2019 10:52:30 AM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Tune used for Clawhammer TOTW 9-6-19; Banjo tuned (5th to 1st) - aC#F#BE (tuned up from gBEAD).

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Peachbottom Creek

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Size: 1,111kb, uploaded 2/14/2011 9:51:37 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

There are so many fiddle tunes that banjo players learn. Well, here's the reverse. Peachbottom Creek is the great Wade Ward banjo tune (f#DF#AD) that I adapted to fiddle (GDAE). My friend Bob Graff and I played this in the fiddle-banjo duet contest at the Henry Reed Festival in 2010. Thanks to Terry Reed who archived this (June 29, 2010) at the WNRV-AM (990) radio web site .

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Peachbottom Creek for silly poll

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Size: 2,165kb, uploaded 12/8/2016 11:30:37 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Inspired by Wade Ward, four examples each two times through. Which do you like best? There is no right answer; it's all subjective. My banjo is tuned up so pitches are g#EG#BE The banjos are my Bacon Professional (11") and my Bruno (10 1/2"), which has no tone ring (top of the pot is thinned to the outer edge). Both banjos have skin heads though the Bacon's head is thinner then the Bruno's. The two configurations are slightly different, with about a 4 inch difference where the hand is striking the strings. In one configuration, my hand was at the edge of the pot and as I played my other fingers would strike the head with a bit of a drumming effect. The other configuration was with my hand just over the end of the neck, near the pot, so no drumming effect. Both banjos have a Tally Tone Enhancer (see picture on my home page; cork between dowel stick and head near the neck end). 1. Bacon with hand over the head 2. Bruno with hand over the neck 3. Bacon with hand over the neck 4. Bruno with hand over the head

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Pearl Blake's Tune

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Size: 958kb, uploaded 3/7/2013 8:31:12 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Derived from Melvin Wine's fiddling. Banjo in gDGde

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Rocky Pallet

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Size: 2,716kb, uploaded 7/11/2011 2:55:26 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Banjo version in gCGCE as learned from listening to the Skillet Lickers.

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Rye Straw

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Size: 1,524kb, uploaded 11/16/2013 1:23:50 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

aDADE - In my mind this is a D tune. From my CD "Banjo Stuff" recorded in 2000. Derived from Melvin Wine's fiddling.

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Sally Gal or ??? Named by Will Adam

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Size: 32kb, uploaded 3/4/2012 10:41:55 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Other

Will Adam announcing the tune (slowed down by 50%) from "Close to Home" Old Time Music from Mike Seeger's Collection 1952-1967, Smithsonian Folkways LC 9628.

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Sally Will You Marry Me

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Size: 2,056kb, uploaded 4/16/2020 6:30:23 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Banjo gDGde. Playing along with Melvin Wine's fiddling from a solo track on Augusta Heritage "One More Time: The Life and Music of Melvin Wine" DVD-CDRom set.

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Sandy River Belle

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Size: 1,662kb, uploaded 3/24/2016 10:22:58 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

gDGDE First tune I learned in this tuning

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Seneca Square Dance

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Size: 2,263kb, uploaded 3/24/2016 10:29:46 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

gDGDE Influenced by the recording of Fiddlin' Sam Long; recorded by me in 2000.

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Shaking Down the Acorns

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Size: 1,668kb, uploaded 2/25/2010 2:52:47 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

An A modal tune with the banjo tuned aDADE. Mainly from Burl Hammons

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Singing Birds

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Size: 2,171kb, uploaded 8/22/2008 9:14:17 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Learned from the playing of Burl Hammons. f#DABE

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Singing Birds - Little Birdie

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Size: 3,901kb, uploaded 3/23/2017 1:48:07 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

In f#DAbe. From Burl Hammons and various folk sources. It was up on the old BanjoAddiction web site a number of years ago.

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Smart Squirrel

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Size: 1,169kb, uploaded 3/30/2011 6:46:06 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I made up this tune three years ago, but wasn't satisfied that it was unique enough. Then I forgot about it and stumbled across it the other day and decided to get some outside opinions, yours, if you'd be so kind. In G, fiddle - GDAE, banjo - gDGDE

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Sullivan's Hollow

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Size: 2,287kb, uploaded 6/6/2012 5:21:29 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

aDAde on a fretless; recorded in 2000.

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Tear Down the Fences

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Size: 2,787kb, uploaded 7/28/2019 4:50:17 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

The song speaks for itself. Banjo - aEAc#e

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Tennessee Mountain Fox Chase

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Size: 1,985kb, uploaded 12/11/2011 6:30:09 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Tuning - gCGCE; source - Vance's Tennessee Breakdowners; recorded in 2000.

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The Spring's All Muddy and the Pond's All Dry

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Size: 2,420kb, uploaded 11/6/2008 11:07:10 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

The banjo is tuned aEAC#E, is derived from Burl Hammons' fiddling and has three Galax licks in the 1st part. The approach, to the two consecutive thumbs on the 5th string, happens in three different ways. The first is a roll across the strings, the second is a hammer on the 1st string to the 4th fret and the last is comes after a single strike on the 1st string.

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