Posted by slc
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Size: 1,776kb, uploaded 2/3/2011 12:37:16 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time
While trying to figure out the banjoistic nuances for some other tunes, I was inspired to play John Brown's March. This is one of the very first tunes I ever learned on the banjo, from Bertram Levy many years ago. I think the tune is originally from Henry Reed. You can hear a nice version of this by Bertram and the Hollow Rock String Band, here: http://www.aca-dla.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/Warren43&CISOPTR=1894&CISOBOX=1&REC=5 And Greg & Jere Canote have a very accessible version (complete with tablature) here (just search on the title): http://www.stringband.mossyroof.com/
Thursday, February 3, 2011 @10:13:29 AM
Nice, clean playing again. Excellent. Thanks again.
I've heard versions similar to this before... maybe it's the most authentic one (if such a concept can exist in old time music), but it's quite different than the one I learned by ear from one of Jim Taylor's Civil War music CD's (I posted a video of myself playing it on BHO a little while ago). Keep them coming!
Thursday, February 3, 2011 @12:13:27 PM
Kevin - I'd like to hear your version but didn't see it in the list. Can you post a link - or did I simply miss it? I really doubt this is 'authentic' - I learned a much simplified version of what Bertram taught, and have since dressed it up a bit over time. It's probably 'drifted' quite a bit from its source.
BTW I like your two-finger playing. That's something I've wanted to tackle, both two and three finger styles, but would like to learn a more traditional style. Can you recommend a source or a book?
Thursday, February 3, 2011 @12:25:00 PM
I checked out that version on Amazon's sample - you're right it's pretty different! And I really really liked 'They Swung John Brown To a Sour Apple Tree' (I guess that happened *after* his March. And his Dream). I'm adding that one to my 'tunes to learn some day' list
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 @2:37:58 PM
Cool - yes your name looked very familiar on YouTube :-) I like to be sneaky I guess, still have my old, different usernames everywhere :-)
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