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Sandy River Belle

Posted by JanetB


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Size: 915kb, uploaded 7/1/2011 9:03:59 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Burnett and Rutherford played it as a dance tune called Ladies on a Steamboat. My mother once said that great tunes have a minor chord. This one has E minor. Does anyone agree with her? Ever since she told me that, I've found that my favorite tunes do have a minor.

6 comments on “Sandy River Belle”

VancePants Says:
Sunday, July 3, 2011 @7:30:50 AM

Yeah... I'm a sucker fer the minor changes... which to my mind, mirror the angst of the "human condition" and life in all of it's tragic-fullness. Oh... and I very much enjoyed your playing and do like this little tune!

carolynf Says:
Saturday, October 6, 2012 @5:53:54 PM

Sandy river belle is one of my favorite banjo tunes to play. I always considered that a brief minor chord, but I've come to rethink what I'm hearing when that e note pops up. Talked with a well known OT banjo player/historian who said that the minors were not that common in the OT tradition, and that the song I had that question about (God gave Noah the Rainbow sign, it think) instead of e minor, it was really a quick, partial C. I think, in some tunes, it is possible that some folks have taken the e note and put in what the ear wants to hear, a minor. I don't know about Sandy River Belle, but it would be interesting to know.

JanetB Says:
Saturday, October 6, 2012 @6:51:08 PM

I'm not sure where I learned my version, but it resembles John Burke's who learned it from Buddy Pendleton who learned it from Joe Blackard who recorded it in the 1920's. The tabbed versions don't express the Em like I do, but it feels right, especially with the silly made-up lyrics I sing in my head!

Ho C Ying Says:
Saturday, May 17, 2014 @7:13:36 AM

Hi, Janet. I'm learning "sandy river belle". Your version is beautiful.

Don Borchelt Says:
Saturday, March 3, 2018 @5:52:12 AM

Fine job of picking, Janet. You always sound so smooth, relaxed and effortless.

JanetB Says:
Saturday, March 3, 2018 @8:12:18 AM

Thanks, Don. My new BHO buddy, Greg, will appreciate your version of Sandy River Belle. Where old-time meets 3-finger at its best—you and Jim Reed.

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