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Granddad's Favorite

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Size: 1,208kb, uploaded 3/11/2013 6:21:52 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the Tune of the Week, 3/8/13. West Virginian fiddler Ernie Carpenter's grandfather liked this. He learned it from his father since his grandfather had passed away.

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Granny Went to Meeting

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Size: 885kb, uploaded 4/12/2013 6:27:53 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the Tune of the Week 4/12/13. This is #801 on the Slippery Hill website by Earl Thomas, Jr. of Kentucky.

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Grasshopper Sitting on a Sweet Potato Vine

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Size: 1,316kb, uploaded 7/5/2013 10:16:46 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the TOTW, 7/5/13, a fun tune to play. This one modulates from D to A. I'm using modal tuning, though it seems that double D would have been the normal way to go.

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Greasy String (TOTW)/Seneca Square Dance medley

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Size: 1,917kb, uploaded 1/5/2019 3:35:30 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

The old-time Tune of the Week for 1/4/19 is one of the Greasy String tunes. According to Adam Keisling there are six distinct tunes with that title. His choice for TOTW is the one Dwight Diller and Jimmy Tripplett learned from West Virginian Lee Hammons. I used tab on Dwight's site and combined it with Seneca Square Dance and another Greasy Coat Dwight recorded from Burl Hammons. I hear similarities on all three tunes.

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Great Big Taters in Sandy Land

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Size: 993kb, uploaded 8/17/2015 3:18:45 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Learned from the playing of Eck Robertson, but inspired by Rayna Gellert. I guess growing good potatoes in sandy soil must not be too hard.

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Green Corn (TOTW)

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Size: 1,053kb, uploaded 9/12/2016 7:40:06 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

The old-time Tune of the Week for 9/9/16 is Green Corn, also heard commonly as Hot Corn, Cold Corn. Lena Hughes, an elderly and beloved 2-finger style picker from Missouri recorded this and I've taken the opportunity to try something for the first time with the 2-finger style. She uses thumb-lead and I also tried index-lead the third time through while "playing the melody."

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Green Mountain Polka (Ed Haley)

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Size: 1,582kb, uploaded 4/23/2016 1:25:24 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 4/22/16, which is actually Richmond Cotillion. Green Mountain Polka is supposed to be a variation of it and several historic recordings exist of both tunes, including one with dance calls. My arrangement comes from Ed Haley's fiddling. I like the modulation and was pleased that open C tuning allowed that to seamlessly happen. Many times I'll get a discordant 5th string when I try tunes which modulate, but not in this one. Check out the TOTW this week: http://www.banjohangout.org/topic/317585.

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Green Pastures

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Size: 1,037kb, uploaded 7/18/2011 7:16:52 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A favorite gospel song.

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Green Willis (TOTW)

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Size: 2,546kb, uploaded 2/10/2017 7:25:49 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, Green Willis is named for a fiddler from Willis, Virginia. It's also called The Raw Recruit. When it's played in slow jig time, it's called Chapel Hill March. Go back far enough to Scotland and it was called Da New Rigged Ship. Lots to think about here on this cheerful tune that reminds me of a new soldier marching enthusiastically.

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Green Willis, the Raw Recruit

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Size: 1,089kb, uploaded 10/27/2011 6:12:43 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

It sounds like a marching soldier. It must be easier marching to music.

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Grey Eagle

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Size: 861kb, uploaded 10/16/2013 6:10:56 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This is West Virginian fiddler Tom Dillon's version from the MacCrae Sisters. I wish I knew more about him, though Gerry Milnes wrote a little bit in his book called Play of a Fiddle. I think it's got an interesting A part that does a sort of skip-gallop kind of rhythm that intrigued me. A grey eagle is actually a buzzard.

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Groundhog (TOTW)

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Size: 1,759kb, uploaded 1/31/2019 10:23:42 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This fun song is the old-time Tune of the Week for 2/1/19, a day before Groundhog Day.

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Grub Springs

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Size: 563kb, uploaded 11/11/2011 11:29:36 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Learned from a Mike Compton mandolin lesson. Its minor key makes it sound different from other versions.

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Gypsy Dance

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Size: 1,902kb, uploaded 5/18/2016 6:37:51 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

As played by Rhys Jones, this tune is sourced to Kentucky fiddler George Lee Hawkins. Rhys is able to play intricate melodies on fiddle. Playing them on clawhammer banjo is a good challenge!

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Half Past Four

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Size: 1,244kb, uploaded 1/26/2013 3:10:15 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For Tune of the Week, 1/26/13

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Half Shaved (Dent Wimmer) (TOTW)

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Size: 1,711kb, uploaded 9/14/2018 1:33:53 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This week's TOTW has two versions to choose from -- Wade Ward, who I've heard of, and Dent Wimmer, who I haven't. So I found a Dent Wimmer version of Half Shaved in f#DEAD tuning. What a neat sound it has, though I wonder if the title is related to Shaving a Dead Man....

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Hangman's Reel

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Size: 1,891kb, uploaded 2/26/2016 5:40:44 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Popularized by Virginia fiddler Albert Hash, this is a four part tune whose last part reminds me of Fishers Hornpipe. I learned it in conjuction with the current old-time Tune of the Week, another tune played by Mr. Hash called Nancy Blevins. He lived in an area of Virginia I visited now called "The Crooked Road," known for its "rich musical landscape."

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Hannah at the Springhouse

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Size: 945kb, uploaded 11/6/2012 6:11:53 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

West Virginian fiddler Melvin Wine learned this from his father and never heard it played elsewhere.

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Happy Hollow (CB) (TOTW)

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Size: 1,484kb, uploaded 4/21/2018 5:15:10 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, Happy Hollow is one of North Carolina fiddler Marcus Martin's tunes. I decided to play it on the cello banjo, so the key comes out lower than the original (and slower!). Don't you think it's a happy tune?

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Hard Times

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Size: 982kb, uploaded 11/27/2013 12:05:32 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Here's my second take on this tune, with added slides thanks to Marc Nerenberg's suggestion. I'm playing a George Wunderlich minstrel banjo.

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