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Nancy Dawson

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Size: 705kb, uploaded 10/24/2012 6:00:11 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the Tune of the Week on the Playing Advice: Clawhammer and Old-Time forum. This is based on Isham Monday's version as tabbed by Maya Whitmont.

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Napoleon Crossing the Alps

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Size: 2,929kb, uploaded 7/22/2017 5:23:24 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Napoleon Crossing the Alps is a tune with several names I've wanted to learn for a while. One of them is Bonaparte Crossing the Rockies. This recording has two parts -- the first is in SRB tuning (f#DGF#D tuned up a step) and the second is open G tuning. Adam Hurt taught me that G tunes can often be played well and sound good in the tuning he calls SRB, or Sandy River Belle. Perhaps you'll notice no difference in the two versions, also played on two different banjos, with cello banjo accompaniment.

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Nashville Blues (TOTW)(CH)

Posted by JanetB, written by Earl Scruggs

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Size: 756kb, uploaded 6/16/2019 9:16:49 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Here's a bit of an Earl Scruggs classic for the old-time Tune of the Week, 6/16/19. I've always thought it's fine to play in clawhammer style whatever suits me, though others may differ in opinion. The Dm tuning (aDFAD) gives this tune flavor and then it jumps suddenly to a major chord. Great composition!

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Natalie's Dance & Harlan's Hornpipe Medley

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Size: 1,133kb, uploaded 7/25/2011 10:27:11 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

These were written to continue a tradition of honoring each grandchild with their own song.

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Nestlings

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Size: 861kb, uploaded 3/16/2013 6:02:54 PM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Dedicated to Paul Roberts and his creation, the Goldtone Soundbird tenor banjo. I composed this using clawhammer, but no 5th string to simulate a tenor banjo.

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New Money (TOTW)

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Size: 1,353kb, uploaded 3/28/2020 4:31:41 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 3/27/20, New Money is a Kentucky fiddle tune. I found a version by J.P. Fraley, one of my favorite fiddlers. I'm in the rare tuning of gCGCE which makes a nice open C sound.

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New River Train (TOTW)

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Size: 5,624kb, uploaded 2/12/2018 12:37:37 PM
Genre: Country / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 2/2/18, this is the Rough & Ready Fruit Jar Pickers sing-along version. Lots of people singing, lots of instruments, countrified style. My solo is minimal, heard after the electric guitar after the first verse. The FJPers disbanded last June. I played every Sunday with this rollicking group for 14 years. We always had an audience with songbooks who flipped through the book as our leader, Everette Burkhard, called out each song number. From gospel songs to old-time to country, we made lots of music over the years, sometimes sounding great, sometimes pretty awful. But it was always about being with friends and having fun together at the Rough and Ready Opry Palace and later at the Grange when they tore down the palace and put up a beautiful fire station.

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New Year's A-Comin' (TOTW)

Posted by JanetB, written by Lynn 'Chirps' Smith

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Size: 1,472kb, uploaded 12/31/2016 8:08:01 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week this New Year's Eve, from the playing of Chirps Smith, Midwest fiddler. He's a big influence and mentor for one of my favorite fiddlers, Rhys Jones. It's a cheerful, rollicking tune, though mine's on the quiet side. I plan to stay home on New Year's Eve and watch sports and pick banjo!

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North to Wisconsin

Posted by JanetB, written by John Hartford

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Size: 1,544kb, uploaded 12/16/2018 12:38:44 PM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Intrigued by the title and the tune as played by Matt Combs, I had to work harder than usual to arrange John Hartford's fiddle tune. It has a Southwest/Latin flavor, though the title takes it much farther up north where John performed at an annual bluegrass festival in Mole Lake, Wisconsin.

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O and K Train

Posted by JanetB, written by Addie Graham

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Size: 1,236kb, uploaded 12/31/2013 9:08:32 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

When Addie Graham wrote this in eastern Kentucky the O and K train line had already been build in front of her home. I'm playing on a Robert Browder small-scale gourd banjo.

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O'Carolan's love song--Bridget Cruise

Posted by JanetB, written by Turlough O'Carolan

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Size: 917kb, uploaded 1/18/2012 6:10:21 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

O'Carolan had a sweet friendship with Bridget Cruise before he was blinded. Later he wrote four airs with her name as the title. He held her hand again one day for a fast moment while helping strangers board a boat he was about to leave. He recognized her hand!

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Obama's March to the White House (CB) (TOTW)

Posted by JanetB, written by Greg Canote

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Size: 2,202kb, uploaded 5/6/2017 12:05:09 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 5/5/17, Obama's March to the White House is a stately, but lively tune composed by the fiddling Canote twin, Greg. I heard Adam Hurt's beautiful playing of it before this TOTW made me aware of the Canote Brothers own version.

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Off to California

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Size: 926kb, uploaded 11/27/2011 5:57:45 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

First played in waltz time, then as a hornpipe.

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Off to California (CH)

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Size: 530kb, uploaded 5/11/2012 5:22:58 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

By researching this song I've learned about the history of the Irish people. I've known the song since the 70's, but didn't know then I'd be living on the land of Irish immigrants. They came to California seeking to escape harsh conditions and ended up working hard in the mines and on farms, just like in my once-thriving community of Smartsville. For more information about this happy, hopeful tune see this week's Tune of the Week .

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Oh Death (CB) (TOTW)

Posted by JanetB, written by Lloyd Chandler

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Size: 1,198kb, uploaded 10/24/2016 12:08:56 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 10-22-16. Dock Boggs and Ralph Stanley are the two seminal examples of this song. Dock Boggs played it picking style and gave us the common verses we hear and Ralph Stanley's best version was a capapella heard in Oh Brothers, Where Art Thou. I've attempted Oh Death in clawhammer style here on cello banjo, tuned in sawmill, thinking Dock Boggs' words as I play. Its lyrics are an icy portrait of death that could help lead a personal to repentance, as it did the original writer, Lloyd Chandler, a Free Will Baptist minister in the 1920's, after he dreamed it. Check out this week's TOTW for more info.

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Oh Susannah

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Size: 1,304kb, uploaded 4/3/2015 8:51:13 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

It's interesting that William Sydney Mount, the famous painter of The Banjo Player, had in his notes and diary this version of Oh Susannah in 1848, the same year that Stephen Foster published the song, too. I'm enjoying studying the great painter who was also a dedicated fiddler.

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Oh Take Me Back

Posted by JanetB, written by A.P. Carter

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Size: 1,965kb, uploaded 8/27/2011 11:43:36 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

One of the Carter family songs Kit and I worked up for our duet performances.

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Oh, Silent Solitude (TOTW)

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Size: 1,197kb, uploaded 4/9/2016 7:44:08 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This old-time Tune of the Week is quite old -- from the 1700's -- and comes from Sweden (and has a Swedish name if you check it out here: http://www.banjohangout.org/topic/317105. I liked the fact that the lyrics describe the lonely but important work of the Swedish "cowgirl" who had to move and keep watch on the herds of cattle and goats at certain times of the year to allow the fields to be used for crop growing. I'm playing in open G in the key of Am.

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Old Aunt Adkins

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Size: 1,053kb, uploaded 5/1/2013 12:10:01 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Kentucky fiddler Owen 'Snake' Chapman learned this from his father, 'Doc.' Played on a Mac Traynham Whyte Laydie.

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Old Aunt Jenny with Her Nightcap On

Posted by JanetB, written by Noah Bingham

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Size: 507kb, uploaded 6/30/2012 2:42:55 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

In topics:
TOTW, 6/12/20, Old Aunt Jenny With Her Nightcap On

Estill Bingham (1899 - 1990) learned this from his father, Noah, in southeastern Kentucky. I had learned another one of his songs for last week's Tune of the Week and it was recommended I also listen to this nice crooked tune.

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