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Draper's Maggot

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Size: 2,076kb, uploaded 7/31/2011 7:58:26 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Played on a mandola-type lute made by Stefan Sobell which I strung to play as a 5-string banjo. Draper's Maggot is an English Country Dance Tune in 3/4 time; first appears in 13th edition of the Playford's Dancing Master (1706). I found Draper's Maggot in Michael Raven's One Thousand English Country Dance Tunes, written in D; I'm playing it in key F using fCFCD tuning. The word "maggot" derives from the Italian magioletta, meaning a plaything or something of slight or small consequence. Hope you enjoy. Please join in the discussion on Sound Off. Thanks for listening. PauL banjocrazy.com

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Ducks on the Pond

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Size: 3,744kb, uploaded 10/21/2012 9:06:02 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: 4-String (Tenor/Plectrum)

4-string cello banjo capoed on 2nd. I've posted this on Playing Advice: 4-String (Tenor & Plectrum) Styles along with over examples of 4-string cello banjos played in different ranges. Here's the link if you'd like to hear the other tunes and join the discussion. http://www.banjohangout.org/topic/246968 pauL banjocrazy.com

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Erev Shel Shoshanim

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Size: 2,593kb, uploaded 5/14/2012 1:14:09 PM
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Another old Jewish song; this one from an Arabic version I heard on oud. Cello banjo tuned gCGCD.

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Et Dodim

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Size: 5,988kb, uploaded 8/13/2015 12:14:39 PM
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Popular Jewish melody of ancient Babylonian origins.

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Farewell to Ireland on The Soundbird

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Size: 4,479kb, uploaded 3/1/2013 2:36:59 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: 4-String (Tenor/Plectrum)

First flight with The Soundbird custom Paul Roberts tenor banjo by Gold Tone.

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First Snow

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Size: 16,737kb, uploaded 11/24/2013 12:42:29 PM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Other

Sitar improvisation during the first (real) snow we've had in the Southwest Colorado Rockies this season.

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Frosty Morning on 4-string cello banjo

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Size: 987kb, uploaded 1/12/2009 9:22:14 PM
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Gold Tone CEB-4 four-string Cello Banjo tuned GDAE, one octave below Irish tenor and octave mandolin.

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Going Nowhere

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Size: 6,317kb, uploaded 8/18/2013 2:27:41 PM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Other

4-string cello banjo tuned ADAE, two octaves below fiddle. 2-finger improv.

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Gypsy

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Size: 2,455kb, uploaded 7/5/2012 5:54:49 AM
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A middle eastern tune of unknown origin, which I heard somewhere and this is my take. gCGCD. Picking on a 5-string cello banjo, Gold Tone CEB-5.

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Gypsy Banjo Band

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Size: 6,121kb, uploaded 1/13/2016 7:35:11 PM
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Cello banjo, nylon string banjo, banjola. An old Yemenite folk dance tune in double C.

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Gypsy Caravan Ⓒ2010

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Size: 2,690kb, uploaded 11/21/2010 8:04:25 PM
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Please join the discussion on this tune in Sound Off http://www.banjohangout.org/topic/192180 Gypsy Caravan is an original tune I’m composing on 4-string cello banjo, tuned DGDA. Instead of a flatpick I use plastic fingerpicks on thumb and first finger. After experimenting with different tunings, I like to keep this beast tuned GDAE, two octaves below fiddle. On this piece I’m capoed at the fifth fret, putting me the cello range with the fourth string tuned an octave below the second, for a drone. The equivalent tuning in fiddle/mandolin/Irish tenor banjo range is ADAE. The 4-string cello banjo I’m playing is made by Gold Tone, a CEB-4. Marcy Marxer is responsible for igniting the interest that brought cello banjos back into existence, after they had gone done the black hole of (almost) extinction for an amazing number of years. I’m grateful for their reemergence, since both the 4 and 5-string cello banjos are important to maintaining my musical equilibrium. They’re also responsible for my current relationship with Gold Tone as an independent product specialist and dealer - something I had previously never imagined myself getting into. On my website, http://www.banjocrazy.com, I have an interview with Marcy Marxer, entitled, Cello Banjo Pioneer http://www.banjocrazy.com/articles/armarcy2.shtml I hope you enjoy the tune. Cheers, PauL

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Hatikva La Mantovana

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Size: 2,784kb, uploaded 1/16/2012 9:36:40 PM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Classical

a Mantovana is a sixteenth century song composed by the Italian tenor Giuseppe Cenci, also known as Giuseppino del Biado, (d. 1616). Its earliest known appearance in print is in del Biado's 1600 collection of madrigals. The melody, later also known as "Ballo di Mantova" or "Aria di Mantova" gained wide currency in Renaissance Europe, being recorded variously as the Scottish “My mistress is prettie,” the Polish “Pod Krakowem,” Spanish "Virgen de la Cueva" and the Ukrainian “Kateryna Kucheryava." It is best-known as the melody of Bed"5;ich Smetana's The Moldau and of the Israeli national anthem Hatikvah. I added the third part, in case old Giuseppe lifted the original riff from a raga, which I - of course - suspect:)

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Hava Nagila הבה נגילה

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Size: 2,923kb, uploaded 3/19/2010 6:22:56 PM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Gold Tone 5-string Cello Banjo tuned gCGCD Hava Nagila הבה נגילה is a Hebrew folk song, the title meaning "let us rejoice". It is a song of celebration, especially popular amongst Jewish and Romani communities, and is a staple of band performers at Jewish festivals. The melody was taken from a Ukrainian folk song from Bukovina. Hava Nagila is often played to accompany the horah, a type of circle dance originating in the Balkans but also found in other countries. It became a national dance in Israel, having been brought to Israel by the Romanian settlers in the second half of the 19th century. In the early days, Horah was popular mainly in the Kibbutzim and small communities. Later it became a must in group dances throughout Israel, and at weddings and other celebrations by Jews in Israel, the United States and Canada. The dance appeared in North America in the early 20th century, well before modern Israeli independence, brought directly from Eastern Europe by Jewish immigrants. At bar and bat mitzvahs, it is custom to raise the honoree and his or her family members on a chair during the horah. This is also done nowadays at many Jewish weddings, following the Israeli tradition. To start the dance, everybody forms a circle, holding hands, and steps forward toward the right with the left foot, then follows with the right foot. The left foot is then brought back, followed by the right foot. This is done while holding hands and circling together in a fast and cheerful motion to the right. Large groups allow for the creation of several concentric circles.

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Head in the Clouds

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Size: 7,405kb, uploaded 7/19/2015 3:46:31 PM
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Cello Banjola

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Hello John D - tune of the week end of 08

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Size: 3,474kb, uploaded 12/23/2008 10:01:53 PM
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I heard this fiddle tune in the early 60s on The New New Lost City Ramblers album Gone to the Country. It's not quite the way they play it, just how it decided to roll out of my banjo. You can hear a sample of their version and the other album tracks at http://www.smithsonianglobalsound.org/trackdetail.aspx?itemid=6809

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Hindu Song

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Size: 3,866kb, uploaded 1/2/2009 8:31:12 PM
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This little melody came to me this evening as my soul was needing some nourishment. 5-string cello banjo - tuned octave Double C, using a bone frailing pick. Tomorrow I'll try some overdubbing.

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Size: 4,255kb, uploaded 1/4/2016 10:40:37 AM
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I put some new strings on my cello banjo.

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Size: 6,352kb, uploaded 1/10/2015 1:41:51 PM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Original tune played in octave double-D on Gold Tone Bob Carlin BC-350 strung with metal-wound nylon strings.

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Size: 5,548kb, uploaded 4/20/2014 6:59:15 PM
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Cello banjo tune I wrote 5 years ago. gCGCD

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