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Turkey in the Straw

Posted by Bill Rogers


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- Play count: 1530

Size: 1,644kb, uploaded 12/21/2009 10:45:28 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Played on my Essex Concert Grand (Whyte Laydie clone) in C tuning cranked up to D (aDAC#E). This is the original tuning shape for Turkey, but in 1834 the banjo was tuned lower and the key was G. Most fiddlers play it there, as do bluegrass banjo pickers. But clawhammer works best in the C tuning setting, so that's where I learned it.

11 comments on “Turkey in the Straw”

Don Borchelt Says:
Thursday, December 24, 2009 @6:23:37 AM

Fine picking, Bill. Great snap in that right hand. Something you just don't get with steel.

Bill Rogers Says:
Thursday, December 24, 2009 @8:43:16 AM

Thanks Don. As to the string set, well, it is steel: .0115 x2, .013, .015, .023 bronze wound. I neglected to mention the setup: Renaissance head, cranked tight; all-maple and very light Bacon bridge from the 20s. The banjo can be seen in detail here:
Except for the head, it's the same today.

bluemule_77 Says:
Thursday, December 24, 2009 @9:04:57 AM

Great to finally hear you!

strokestyle Says:
Thursday, December 24, 2009 @11:48:45 AM


Tom Berghan Says:
Saturday, December 26, 2009 @10:25:41 AM

A buck dancer immediately appears before me in my imagination when I hear you play this.

About those clucks and snaps! Holy Cow! I am sent waaaay to the back of the school room. What a great lesson in accenting. I will study this recording for a looong time. What a sound! Thank you Bill.

Bill Rogers Says:
Saturday, December 26, 2009 @11:17:49 AM

Gosh, Tom....Thanks for the compliment. Coming from a musician of your skill and grace, it's truly meaningful to me.

banjoike Says:
Sunday, January 17, 2010 @8:11:57 AM

Very nice! I've tried to play that song, but i find the first part very difficult for some reason. Ron Mullinex has a great version. Anyone else think that the song is difficult....or is it just me? Sounded great Bill!

Dock Jekel Says:
Monday, February 15, 2010 @5:57:04 PM

Hey Bill, way to go! You've got a carefree, improvisational sound. Very fun!- the recording ended too soon :-)

tfaux Says:
Friday, February 19, 2010 @5:24:55 PM

You have a great lightness of touch. It really works on that banjo.

Big Dan Says:
Sunday, March 11, 2012 @5:17:00 PM

What a great version, it has such a lively feel. Any chance of a video of you playing it?

paulsonlearning Says:
Sunday, January 17, 2016 @4:41:55 AM

I thoroughly enjoy this! It sounds so carefree and effortless. Beautiful!

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