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Home Sweet Home with variations

Posted by Mike Moss, written by Herbert J. Ellis


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Size: 11,986kb, uploaded 4/17/2013 12:03:18 PM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Classic

Home Sweet Home, written by Henry Bishop, is one of the world's most enduring and well-known melodies. It has also been a favourite with banjoists ever since the minstrel era, with arrangements composed and played by Frank B. Converse, Alfred A. Farland, Herbert J. Ellis, S. E. Turner, or Earl Scruggs. Sets of variations on melodies such as this one were extremely popular with audiences at the time and were therefore a staple of Classic banjo playing. This set of variations is probably one of the best of its kind, as it is neither too simple nor too difficult. It follows the following structure: - Intro w/cadenza (semi-improvised fancy ornaments) - Theme - Rolling/arpeggio variation - "Brilliant" variation (with fast, fancy ornaments) - Tremolo variation - Thimble variation (down-picking with a metal thimble pick) This style is known as Classic style banjo, for more information visit:

2 comments on “Home Sweet Home with variations”

Bart Veerman Says:
Friday, April 19, 2013 @6:35:57 PM

Just wonderful Mike, thanks so much for posting this.

Don Borchelt Says:
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @7:02:23 AM

I guess Earl, didn't hear this version, Mike, he might have given up on it! Very fine, expressive and masterful playing. You would be amused by old time picker Frank Jenkins version, recorded for Gennett Records in 1927. It sounds very classic, including the tremolo part.

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