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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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Greenback Dolly-O (TOTW)

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Size: 1,304kb, uploaded 5/7/2022 10:10:59 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A dance tune Melvin Wine learned from his fiddling father, Bob Wine. Melvin played confidently, briskly and fluidly. He must have been a challenge to keep up with, but great fun for a dance!

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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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Grey Haired Dancing Girl (TOTW)

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Size: 3,032kb, uploaded 5/11/2024 11:28:36 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

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TOTW for May 10, 2024 - Grey Haired Dancing Girl

Learned from the fiddling of Mark Tamsula, a fiddler I respect a lot. Grey Haired Dancing Girl, however, is not one Mark learned from the collections of Pennsylvania's Samuel Bayard. The original source of the tune is still a mystery, but a 1990's jam in Maryland was Mark's source.

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Grey-Haired Dancin' Gal

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Size: 3,200kb, uploaded 5/17/2024 12:16:49 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

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TOTW for May 10, 2024 - Grey Haired Dancing Girl

Thanks to Brendan Doyle for uploading the source recording for this week's Tune of the Week, Grey-Haired Dancin' Gal. I gave the tune another try. This version has a more Cajun swing flavor than the one I learned from, and Brendan shared with us the composer's background, so I thought it was worth another try. It's played slowly here and wants to be speeded up, but, oh well....

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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

Posted by JanetB, written by Ed Haley

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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

Posted by JanetB, written by Stephen Foster

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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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Harlan's Cave

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Size: 1,220kb, uploaded 5/9/2013 5:40:17 AM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

In learning some tunes in the Cumberland Gap/Sandy River Belle tuning I wrote a little tune. It has a darkish sound so I named it after a neat place where big boulders form a little cave where the grandkids like to climb around. I checked later and realized I wrote it in the Aeolian mode in the key of G, played on a Mac Traynham Whyte Laydie openback.

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Hawk's Caught the Chicken and Gone

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Size: 653kb, uploaded 4/17/2021 9:24:15 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

The Tune of the Week features a song and includes this banjo solo by Coon Creek Girl Lily May Ledford. The clawhammer techniques are standard and the tune would be a good one to combine skills of bum-ditty, hammer-on, and drop thumb. The lyrics, which you can hear on the discussion thread, tell of farmers trying to eliminate the threat of having their chickens eliminated by the hawk predator.

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Heavy-Loaded Freight Train

Posted by JanetB, written by Pete Steele

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Size: 3,917kb, uploaded 10/14/2023 8:13:12 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

One could have a lot of fun with this tune, which allows for some creative interpretation of a freight train.

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Heel and Toe Polka

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Size: 644kb, uploaded 10/18/2011 6:05:49 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Learned from a Bill Monroe recording. A polka danced this fast must be easier than playing it.

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Helen Grace

Posted by JanetB, written by Eric Merrill

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Size: 1,024kb, uploaded 11/6/2013 5:19:38 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the TOTW 11/1/13, Eric named his tune after his grandmother and called it Hell and Grace. I can understand how grandmothers could gently let their grandchild know the difference.

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Hell Among the Yearlings (TOTW)

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Size: 1,508kb, uploaded 7/12/2016 11:41:06 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 7/8/16, this arrangement is from the fiddling of Arthur Smith. I found out from this TOTW that an explanation of the title is that yearlings referred to young cattle who stormed into a barn while the music was going on. I used to try to rope young steer and they were feisty....

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