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Silver Buckle

Posted by JanetB, written by Jim Reed

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Size: 630kb, uploaded 9/21/2011 6:04:42 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Jim surprised me with a song! Learning it lets me see into his magic and genius. He gave me permission to name it, so I did.

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Siman Tov, U' Mazal Tov (KC)

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Size: 1,473kb, uploaded 12/16/2015 11:23:55 AM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This is an Eastern European wedding dance song whose name means "good sign and good luck." I worked on it in response to Banjo Judy's request for clawhammer tabs in the Klezmer musical tradition. She has added a section on her website devoted to this and I've been curious about Klezmer music. I found a youtube video with the song where the crowded room of Russian Jews is full of people dancing in circles around the bride and groom. Such a very happy occasion is the exact opposite of the sad tone of the first Klezmer tune I tried yesterday (Flatbush Waltz). The tuning is unusual in that I re-tuned the 5th string way up to C, so as not to clash with some of the prevalent chordal tones in this song.

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Singing Birds (TOTW)/Little Birdie medley

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Size: 1,220kb, uploaded 4/8/2017 7:46:03 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week from WV Burl Hammonds' banjo. The tuning is "Little Birdie" tuning, f#DABE, so I combined the two similar tunes.

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Skating on the Harbourfront

Posted by JanetB, written by Chris Coole

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Size: 1,255kb, uploaded 12/7/2012 5:32:55 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the TOTW, Dec. 7, 2012

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Skillet Good and Greasy (TOTW)

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Size: 1,161kb, uploaded 5/21/2017 2:17:34 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 5/17/18, here's a couple of lyrics to go with Skillet Good and Greasy. The banjo solo comes from the 60's recording on the Electra Old Time Banjo Project with Bob Siggins on banjo.

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Slangpolska (Swedish TOTW)

Posted by JanetB, written by Byss-Kalle

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Size: 2,154kb, uploaded 5/29/2016 7:17:29 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 5/27/16, this dance tune comes from Sweden in the early 1800's. The composer was well-known for playing the nyckelharpa, which slightly resembles a violin, but is more complex in structure. (Check out the TOTW to learn more.) The structure of the tune itself is foreign to my ears, but sounds typical of other European tunes I've heard. They're not "square," as so many of our fiddle tunes, thought the AABB parts are repeated in a similar way. The tune is fun to play and fits in well with clawhammer, thanks to the arrangement that helped me learn it by Jan-Olov Sundqvist, a Swedish BHO member who posted this week for TOTW.

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Sleeping Lulu

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Size: 1,268kb, uploaded 6/30/2013 6:11:28 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the Tune of the Week, 6/28/13. Recorded by Burnett and Rutherford in 1930, it's also known as L & N Rag. Played on my Mac Traynham Whyte Laydie in open G tuning.

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Smartsville Waltz

Posted by JanetB, written by Kit and Janet Burton

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Size: 1,976kb, uploaded 7/2/2011 11:24:27 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

We heard the old bell ring in the historic Smartsville Church on Christmas Eve and wrote this song another day.

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Snake Chapman's Tune (TOTW)

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Size: 1,303kb, uploaded 8/13/2016 9:22:26 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Here's an arrangement for the old-time Tune of the Week, 8-12-16, based on John Herrmann, Dirk Powell and Tom Sauber. I like learning the repertoire from Snake Chapman and remember BHO member Jim Reed of Pike County, KY reminiscing about him. Snake and Paul David Smith visited the Reed household often when Jim was very young and encouraged him in his music until Snake passed away. This is a tune that Snake probably heard and learned without knowing its actual name. See the TOTW and learn a lot more!

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Snake River Reel

Posted by JanetB, written by Peter Lippincott

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Size: 1,291kb, uploaded 8/25/2012 7:55:34 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Played on a fretless gourd banjo, this song reminds me of Lewis and Clark, whose expedition Kit and I are learning more about. The Corp of Discovery canoed up the Snake River till it joined with the Columbia River, where they finally came out on the Pacific Ocean. Thanks to Dan Levenson in his Buzzard Banjo book for tabbing this.

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Snow Deer (CB) (TOTW)

Posted by JanetB, written by Percy Wenrich & Jack Mahoney

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Size: 2,310kb, uploaded 12/10/2016 9:22:01 AM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 12/9/16, Snow Deer was a popular song written in 1913 by the same composer of Moonlight Bay, and inspired by the success of Redwing in 1907. The Stanley Brothers did an instrumental of it in 1963 and Bob Wills' band performed it, amongst many others. I added a Native American bridge to it to go along with the lyric's theme of a cowboy and Indian maiden's romance. Played on a Gold Tone cello banjo and learned from Ken Torke's tab. See the current TOTW for more info. I'll be surprised if people have heard of this song before -- I hadn't.

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Snowbird in the Ashbank

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Size: 1,256kb, uploaded 9/22/2012 5:15:10 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Based on the playing of Missouri fiddler Earl Collins. He moved to Southern California and I got to meet and jam with him at my guitar teacher's house in the 70's.

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Snowdrop

Posted by JanetB, written by Kirk McGee

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Size: 997kb, uploaded 10/16/2011 7:48:30 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

First recorded in Sam and Kirk McGee's home by Mike Seeger in the early 60's and by Bob Flesher in 1992. It's written that the McGee brothers played it in the Grand Old Opry in the 30's and Kirk is generally given credit for writing it.

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Soldiers Joy--cello banjo

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Size: 1,172kb, uploaded 10/2/2012 6:12:50 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For Don Borchelt's joy-a-thon.

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Song for Leon

Written/Posted by JanetB

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Size: 1,675kb, uploaded 8/5/2013 9:43:58 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I wrote this song, calling it Journey's End, but then realized it was a perfect song for a friend who had passed on, Leon Uris. The rhythm is a mystery to me, but Leon had this unique rhythm and he was always an audience favorite.

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Songs for Kids

Posted by JanetB

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Size: 1,765kb, uploaded 8/4/2011 8:14:34 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Five songs: Buffalo Gals, Froggie Went A-Courting, Groundhog, The Fox, Alvin & the Chipmunks Christmas

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Sour Apple Pie (TOTW)

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Size: 957kb, uploaded 5/21/2016 12:20:55 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This Tune of the Week, 5/19/20, is from the fiddling of West Virginian's Scott Prouty via Harvey Sampson's earlier recording with the Big Possum String Band. My playing's probably not too sour and it's actually a rather pretty tune if played slowly. It has a tense driving rhythm which I think comes from its syncopation.

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Southern Flavor

Posted by JanetB, written by Bill Monroe

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Size: 807kb, uploaded 7/5/2011 8:16:23 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Bill Monroe said he wrote tunes out of the air because he heard them first! He was an incredible composer. I've come to appreciate the South more lately and this tune brings it to my mind.

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Speed the Plough

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Size: 1,998kb, uploaded 1/1/2013 2:59:56 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A title with a good wish for the new year, also known as God Speed the Plough.

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Spider Bit the Baby

Posted by JanetB, written by Kenny Baker

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Size: 1,436kb, uploaded 4/8/2017 9:31:23 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Favorite fiddler of mine from Kentucky (and of course Bill Monroe's best fiddling Blue Grass Boy ever), Kenny Baker, wrote this tune but stated that the title was just a title and didn't have meaning. The CD cover of Kenny's fiddling, however, called Spider Bit the Baby, sure showed a scary painting! A shout-out to Don Huber for introducing me to the song and to Linda Gunderson who -- quite coincidentally -- loaned me that very CD at the same time. It's the first tune I've learned from it and continue to joyfully pursue Kenny Baker's many musical offerings.

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