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Shelvin Rock

Posted by JanetB, written by Jeremiah Carpenter

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Size: 1,096kb, uploaded 8/18/2012 2:41:50 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This old West Virginia tune commemorates the place where Solomon Carpenter was born in the early 1790's under a rock ledge where his parents were hiding from Indians. His father, Jeremiah, later avenged the death of his brother Benjamin during the Indian raid. This version comes from West Virginians Burl Hammons and Dwight Diller. It's played on a small scale fretless gourd banjo made by BHO member Robert Browder.

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Shenandoah Falls

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Size: 1,388kb, uploaded 9/4/2012 5:39:25 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A cheerful tune in A with a Bm sound in the B part. My mother still says at 91 years old that good songs always have a minor.

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Shenandoah Falls (TOTW)

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Size: 1,372kb, uploaded 3/10/2020 10:20:21 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I've loved this tune ever since hearing Mary Z Cox play it. I don't know where Iearned my unique B part, but with Shenandoah Falls as the Tune of the Week for 3/6/20, I decided to learn the more traditional B part, played the second time through here.

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Shenendoah/Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie

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Size: 843kb, uploaded 3/8/2012 6:20:53 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Two songs expressing a western theme.

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Sherburn's Breakdown (TOTW)

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Size: 2,366kb, uploaded 2/1/2015 9:14:12 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 1-30-15, this old dance tune is named for an old Virginia family home. The fiddler, John Ashby, played with a group he called the Free State Ramblers. It's quite a bit of interesting history I'll continue to learn about from the current TOTW.

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Shoes and Stockings, one more

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Size: 682kb, uploaded 2/5/2012 2:31:41 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Thought I'd give Mark Johnson's great tune of the week a try. Anything he and Henry Reed do are great learning tools. I do it in open G tuning, 5th string spiked to an A, in the key of A. As challenging as a first grader learning to tie his shoes......

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Short's Addition

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Size: 1,087kb, uploaded 12/9/2014 6:26:29 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This is from Kentucky fiddler Buddy Thomas' playing. The title refers to a small subdivision in Vanceburg, KY built in around 1910 and was learned from Joe Stamper of Lewis County, according to the liner notes in "Traditional Fiddle Music of Kentucky, Up the Ohio and Licking Rivers." The tune reminds me of Woodchoppers Reel. I always like to learn something by listening to Buddy, the great fiddler who died rather young.

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Shout Little Lulie (TOTW)

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Size: 1,171kb, uploaded 6/11/2016 2:04:40 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 6/10/16 this is a combination of Ralph Stanley and Rufus Crisp. Ralph says it was the first tune his mother ever taught him. Rufus turns out to be the first person to ever teach Pete Seeger frailing (see page 10 of How to Play the 5-String Banjo by Pete Seeger).

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Sift the Meal and Save the Bran

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Size: 725kb, uploaded 7/1/2014 10:27:03 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time TOTW, 6/27/14, from Kentucky fiddler Wilson Mabe--a happy song he learned from his father.

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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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