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Last Shot Got Him (TOTW) (open C tuning)

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Size: 2,154kb, uploaded 5/11/2018 8:56:35 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 5/11/18, Last Shot Got Him via the Mississippi Possum Hunters' 1930 recording. It resembles in melody Mississippi John Hurt's sung version called First Shot Missed Him. Hurt recorded as early as 1928, though this song isn't available to hear until a much later recording in the 60's. Hurt played it slower and didn't have the little tag ending on the A part. Music historian and fiddler Harry Bolick put the two together (see the current TOTW to hear that version). I think the Possum Hunters sound rather ragtime and I can imagine it being at one time a bar-room song about someone who was shot, an event not unheard of at that time in that place in Mississippi.

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Lazy Kate (CB) (TOTW)

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Size: 1,280kb, uploaded 7/9/2017 12:17:20 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 7/7/17 Lazy Kate was recorded at the beginning of the 1930's buy a Mississippi stringband called Leake County Revelers. In the key of D, I put it in what's equivalent to open G tuning on the cello banjo (dADF#A). For an easy-sounding tune, it was a bit challenging to arrange, but easier for me to play than in double D tuning. Easier playing makes for a better end-result, don't you think?!

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Leap Frogging

Posted by JanetB, written by Paul Roberts and Janet Burton

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Size: 957kb, uploaded 8/19/2013 4:33:31 PM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

After hearing Paul's Leap Frog I found that I could easily play along with it. I tried composing some counterpoint melody to it, but forgot to re-set the slow-downer back up to the key of D. This came out in C with my banjo tuned to double C and I'm playing clawhammer. Paul is playing a mandocello tuned in 5ths and uses a flatpick.

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Leather Breeches/Britches--TOTW

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Size: 5,043kb, uploaded 5/21/2022 11:20:44 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

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TOTW 05/20/2022 Leather Breeches by W.A. Hinton

A combination of learning Mike Seeger's version via W.A. Hinton's 1930 Okey recording, plus my own attempt at playing Francis O'Neill's Music of Ireland notation for Leather Britches -- a fascinating comparison.

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Leather Britches

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Size: 447kb, uploaded 6/28/2011 7:38:46 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Inspired by Megan Lynch. Also known as Lord McDonald's Reel.

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Liberty (TOTW)

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Size: 1,329kb, uploaded 9/17/2016 12:30:15 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, this version of Liberty is from a 1925 Okeh recording of Fiddlin' John Carson of Georgia, said by many to be the musician who recorded the first country record (Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane and The Old Hen Cackled and the Rooster is Going to Crow).

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Liberty Two-Step (TOTW)

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Size: 1,328kb, uploaded 9/17/2016 12:34:44 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This version of Liberty is also called Liberty Two-Step, which distinguishes it from another tune called Liberty. (Check out the current Tune of the Week for 9/16/16 for more info.) I learned this one from John Burke's Clawhammer Book for Banjo back in the 70's and it was a popular square dance tune then. I think it's a pretty tune.

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Like a Songbird That Has Fallen

Posted by JanetB, written by Bobby Neuwirth and Henry Burnett

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Size: 517kb, uploaded 12/22/2011 10:18:28 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This song was used in the Cold Mountain soundtrack.

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Lily of the Valley

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Size: 1,376kb, uploaded 1/12/2016 2:13:44 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Virginia fiddler Luther Davis was said to play this in his 90's. Alice Gerard extensively recorded him and plays it with Gail Gilespie on the Hangout archive (http://www.banjohangout.org/myhangout/media-player/audio_player2.asp?musicid=3041&archived=%20). Unfortunately the album with Luther David -- The Old Time Way -- hasn't been reissued. I learned Lily of the Valley listening to an Adam Hurt and Christian Wig jam recording from last year's Clifftop.

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Limping Sal

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Size: 517kb, uploaded 11/11/2011 11:28:00 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This song title is one of an 1849 collection for Christy's Minstrels. It actually sounds like someone walking with a limp. Mike Compton teaches it to his mandolin students. I'm playing it on my older Tennessee open back.

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Little Beggarman

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Size: 1,305kb, uploaded 11/2/2011 5:45:09 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Just having fun remembering words learned long ago.

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Little Billy Wilson

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Size: 988kb, uploaded 12/29/2013 2:07:23 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For TOTW 12/27/13. I've been glad to learn a piece played by the great Uncle Jimmy Thompson of Grand Old Opry fame.

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Little Bird in the Ash Brook

Posted by JanetB, written by Jesse James Abbott

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Size: 2,102kb, uploaded 7/23/2022 11:52:22 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

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TOTW, 7/22/22, Little Bird in the Ash Brook

A pretty, soothing tune for the Tune of the Week. Join in on the discussion thread and enjoy!

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Little Birdie

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Size: 1,987kb, uploaded 12/6/2016 1:33:15 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Inspired from Art Rosenbaum and Pete Seeger. I'm studying Art Rosenbaum's material, especially 2-finger style from Pete Steele's playing. Though his tab was for that style, I found that it worked equally well for clawhammer and was easier. :( Oh well, please don't call me lazy. :)

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Little Boy Working on the Road

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Size: 913kb, uploaded 12/29/2014 12:00:51 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 12/26/14, this tune is found in Jeff Titon's Kentucky Old-Time Fiddle Tunes book and notated from the recordings of J.W. Day (Jilson Setters) and B. Effie Pierson--the former in 1928, the latter in 1975. I like Effie's gentle version better, but chose to emulate Mr. Day's older recording. The notes are a little more "harder-working" in it, befitting the poor little fellow who has to work like a man to pay his board, as per the few lyrics available for the song. I suppose you could call those notes "myxolydian notes." However, the boy will grow to be a hard-working man--a valued trait in my book.

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Little Dutch Girl

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Size: 1,435kb, uploaded 9/24/2012 6:00:28 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Earl Collins learned this from his father, William. Earl was born in Missouri, moved to Oklahoma, and ended up in Southern California, where my guitar teacher hosted a jam where I remember getting to play as a new clawhammer player. Earl was kind and encouraging. He passed away soon not more than a year later.

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Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane (TOTW)

Posted by JanetB, written by William Shakespeare Hays

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Size: 1,279kb, uploaded 4/12/2020 4:00:35 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week for 4/10/20, the song always brings a nostalgic feeling to me. I even associate it with a time and place and an older couple bringing it to our picnic jam.

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Little Olentangy duet

Posted by JanetB, written by Chuck Levy

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Size: 1,113kb, uploaded 8/14/2012 8:54:33 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Original Tune of the Week, Little Olentangy is a river that runs into Big Scioto in Columbus, Ohio. It's been fun learning about geography and playing the cheerful tune on cello banjo behind Chuck Levy's banjo. You might be hearing Chuck's birds chirping in the background.

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Little Reed Island Creek (TOTW)

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Size: 1,240kb, uploaded 5/3/2021 9:13:15 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Here's my very beginning attempt at a tricky tune. The B part rhythm is very syncopated. The C part is both melodic and rhythmic. If you listen to the Tune of the Week presenter play, Carl Baron, you can hear much better what it should sound like. He also used a different tuning than I did, though my open G is said to be what the composer used -- a Galax banjo player from a musical family who sadly passed away at age 41.

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Little Rose is Gone

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Size: 1,423kb, uploaded 6/3/2013 6:32:46 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the Tune of the Week, 5/31/13. The story of the tune is sad, so its beauty is bittersweet. A husband came home and his wife was gone--whether taken by Indians or Union soldiers is unknown, but both tales are given as the tune's history. I'm playing it in Adam Hurt's tuning (fDGCD). You can download for free a new CD by Chance McCoy with Adam and others on the link in the TOTW (or you can leave a tip). There are good liner notes, too.

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