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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

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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

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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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Spotted Pony

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Size: 3,441kb, uploaded 6/15/2011 5:13:57 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

A happy song, fun to play, with images of little Appaloosas kicking up their heels. Mine was named Cookie. When I sold her, I was able to buy my Bart Reiter Whyte Laydie, so my banjo is named Cookie, too. Honestly.

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Spring Creek Gal

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Size: 857kb, uploaded 7/20/2011 7:49:22 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Per request, you'll hear 3 different banjos--2 resonators (Gibson RB250 and Deering Calico) and 1 open back (Bart Reiter Whyte Ladye). Can you tell? Which one do you like best?

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Squire Wood's Lamentation

Posted by JanetB, written by Turlough O'Carolan

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Size: 2,286kb, uploaded 7/6/2015 11:37:37 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This is the 213th and last tune of O'Carolan notated in his lengthy biography Carolan, The Life, Times, and Music of an Irish Harper. I keep coming back to this great book. However, I learned the music from the wonderful playing of Joemy Wilson, who plays hammer dulcimer -- highly recommended for good listening. She also wrote a story about young Turlough, equally enjoyable listening on a CD with accompanying music. Squire Wood had a copper mine and was contracted to mint copper coins for Ireland. The merchants and public refused to use his coins, so the lamentation title is tongue-in-cheek. But the composition is beautiful, as is so much of O'Carolan's work and I keep wanting to learn more of them.

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Squirrel Hunters

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Size: 1,364kb, uploaded 10/22/2012 5:33:59 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

John Hartford credits this to Samuel Bayard. I'm playing the small scale white oak fretless gourd made by Robert Crowder.

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Squirrel Hunters--gourd

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Size: 717kb, uploaded 10/24/2012 6:06:17 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This is the better recording I made after playing around with the Zoom 4Hn recorder. The first post was the thumpy one whose sound wasn't optimal.

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Star of the East (Brighter and Best) (TOTW)

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Size: 1,342kb, uploaded 12/21/2018 8:16:42 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 12/21/18, this 1800's hymn from William Walker's Southern Harmony book (first published in 1835) has beautiful lyrics that makes it perfect for Christmas. I tuned down the 5th string to an "e" note and played Star of the East in Am.

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Steam Powered Aereo-Plain

Posted by JanetB, written by John Hartford

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Size: 683kb, uploaded 4/17/2014 9:40:59 AM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A clawhammered, chordal approach to this light-hearted song John claimed in his lyrics that he dreamt about. I've heard this on BHO several times and am a great fan of John Hartford, though I have much, much more to learn about his music. I think the genre is considered Newgrass, but you can correct me.

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Steamboat Around the Bend

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Size: 1,484kb, uploaded 6/23/2013 7:42:07 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the Tune of the Week 6/23/13. This arrangement is based on Alabama fiddler James Bryan who recorded it on his 1986 solo album Lookout Blues. It has differences from Bob Walter's fiddled version, sited as one of the original sources for the TOTW, and I'm not quite sure how James came to interpret it the way he did, with more Em sounds. Still, James Bryan being a favorite fiddler of mine, I thought it was a good exercise to attempt it.

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