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Shelvin Rock

Posted by JanetB, written by Jeremiah Carpenter

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Size: 1,096kb, uploaded 8/18/2012 2:41:50 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This old West Virginia tune commemorates the place where Solomon Carpenter was born in the early 1790's under a rock ledge where his parents were hiding from Indians. His father, Jeremiah, later avenged the death of his brother Benjamin during the Indian raid. This version comes from West Virginians Burl Hammons and Dwight Diller. It's played on a small scale fretless gourd banjo made by BHO member Robert Browder.



12 comments on “Shelvin Rock”

VancePants Says:
Monday, August 20, 2012 @6:14:47 PM

A magical... delicate tune... perfect for a fretless with nylons... nice "shading" Janet.

JanetB Says:
Monday, August 20, 2012 @7:14:14 PM

Thanks much, Ken. Very artistically put.

Laurence Diehl Says:
Monday, August 20, 2012 @9:34:40 PM

Some of your best work to date Janet!

joemac Says:
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 @1:04:23 AM

wonderful, truely. very well played.

JanetB Says:
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 @5:23:01 AM

Thanks, your words mean a lot, Laurence and Joe.

SCclawman Says:
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 @6:57:34 AM

I've never been anti-gourd, but I've never really been drawn to the sound of it. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it. Something about this song is just different though. Mainly, you play perfectly, so that helps!! :) But I like the sound of the banjo too. Maybe b/c it's short scale?? I've listened to it a handful of times since I saw it yesterday and I really like it.

One random (and probably stupid) question. Can you capo those things? It seems to me like you might not be able to, but I wasn't sure.

JanetB Says:
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 @3:44:11 PM

You can capo them. Another nice thing with these high tension nylon strings is that you can tune a small scale to G or A J(and probably other keys) or double C or double D without even using a capo. But the friction pegs are a little touchy and need pressure to initially keep them in place, so I couldn't imagine constant re-tuning in a jam situation. Robert calls this "seating the pegs" and if they slip, then to apply chalk to cause friction that hold the them in place. If you've ever listened to Adam Hurt's Earth Tones CD, you'd hear exquisite gourd banjo. I'm sure it influenced me to try one.

Don Borchelt Says:
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 @4:28:54 PM

Janet, you are sure getting some nice, wistful tone out of the guord, every bit as fine as the tone Adam got on his CD. That was just exquisite.

rgoad Says:
Thursday, September 6, 2012 @4:36:52 PM

Wow! Added this to my playlist. Very nice.

JanetB Says:
Thursday, September 6, 2012 @9:02:54 PM

Thanks, Don and Rick. You're most encouraging.

SidBarone Says:
Saturday, September 22, 2012 @3:03:16 PM

Great work.. brilliant!

JanetB Says:
Saturday, September 22, 2012 @5:09:59 PM

Thanks, Sid. If it wasn't for you I wouldn't have found Dwight Diller's great version. Becoming more familiar with his playing and WV history has been enlightening.

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