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Cold Frosty Morning

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Mark Johnson & Emory Lester Acoustic Rising- Crossroads/Mt. Home 2006

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Foggy Dew

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One of my all time favorite celtic tunes that my friend Rik Barron taught me while visiting and recording with him and his lovely family up in Prince Edward Island, CANADA Rik has a great clawhammer banjo version of Foggy Dew and Sally in the Garden on his Powerful "Bound for the Ice" CD and was the inspiration for my version of "Foggy Dew" recorded with with Emory Lester/Guitar on our "Acoustic Campaign" CD 2003

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Girl from the North Country fair

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Size: 8,269kb, uploaded 10/27/2015 1:29:33 PM
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Clawgrass Example - Using Clawhammer in a Bluegrass context. Playing Clawhammer in a Bluegrass setting requires the banjo player to understand all the complexities of playing in a Bluegrass Ensamble. You are playing as a "Unit" and everyone's job in the band is to do what ever it takes to make the featured soloist, be it a vocalist or someone taking a break on their instruments. It forces the clawhammer banjo player to play their banjo in several different ways instead of using just a right hand clawhammer pattern. Lead, Backup, Percsussive chopping, playing harmonies, counter melodies, Licks and tag licks, etc.etc. You have to live by the five "T's" Taste, Touch, Tone, Timing and Tuning and play with precision to get all the value from a note to get it to ring clean and clear. This can be accomplished with a banjo that is set up for this style of ensemble work like my Deering Clawgrass Model Banjos or like how Adam Hurt pulls his clean note playing and his great softer tone from his Enoch/Dobson old time banjos. The point is not how many notes that you put into a tune or song but making each note count for all the musical statement value you can get out of it. This tune is an old Bob Dylan tune that Emory Lester and I recorded about ten years ago on our Acoustic Rising Album. It is a good example of what I am talking about......and it is also an example of playing blues licks while playing in the relative minor key of C#minor against Emory's E major tuning using Double E tuning (Double C tuning capoed at the fourth fret) and playing out of the third fret above the capo to catch the C#Minor position. Enjoy!

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John Henry

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Mark Johnson,Tony Rice and the Rice Brothers and Friends From the Album title:

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Soldiers Joy

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Playing and recording both styles together

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Waiting for the Federals

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From the Album "1863;" Mark Johnson & Emory Lester BMI - Arrangement by Mark Johnson & Emory Lester - All Rights Reserved - Recorded in Double E (Double C Capoed at 4th Fret) Emory Lesters Guitar playing is just amazing.....

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Wally Dog

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Size: 4,434kb, uploaded 10/15/2017 10:24:07 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Other

"Wally Dog" was tune written by myself for Steve Martin. It was influenced by his his dog "Wally" and given to him for his birthday back in 2011 by myself and Alison Brown. It is a banjo duet between Mark Johnson and Alison Brown with Jim Hurst on Guitar and Todd Phillips on Base and recorded at Compass Records, Nashville Tenn. in the Summer of 2011. It was great fun recording the two banjo styles together with my good friend Alison Brown! Enjoy! MJ

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