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A Gift to be Simple

Posted by chip arnold


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- Play count: 5410

Size: 2,121kb, uploaded 4/26/2007 10:48:08 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I was watching an Appalshop documentary on strip mining the other night. They always have great music and this was one of the tunes played. So here's my attempt at a simple, pretty tune. 2-finger syle in double D

16 comments on “A Gift to be Simple”

CageyK Says:
Thursday, April 26, 2007 @11:36:48 PM

Nice job, Chip. I love this tune. Your version is beautiful. Thanks much for posting this. CageyK.

frailin Says:
Thursday, May 10, 2007 @9:57:39 AM


mainejohn Says:
Thursday, May 10, 2007 @5:13:53 PM

I'm going to have to learn this. You bring out the soft sweetness that is in all banjos but few players are able to produce as you do.

BanjoJohnny Says:
Thursday, July 19, 2007 @11:41:51 PM

I sure love it. Great playing with feeling.

Don Borchelt Says:
Saturday, September 8, 2007 @12:24:40 PM

This is just the best I ever heard this played on the banjo.  Very delicately and thoughtfully done.  It really brings out the best qualities of the Keys/Arnold style of two finger picking.

waync Says:
Sunday, September 16, 2007 @11:20:23 PM

odd how "simple" is always the most difficult.  you've done it nicely here.  certainly sets one back in the chair.


lori nitzel Says:
Wednesday, October 10, 2007 @6:31:40 PM

fantastic. i can only hope that someday i'll sound as good as you.

Ottawa Says:
Sunday, October 28, 2007 @10:01:51 PM

Hi Chip!  I keep coming back to your tunes after a 2-finger practice session and am always astonished of how full and vibrant everything sounds.  The tunes are just splendid and I keep telling my wife, "See that's what I want to sound like!".  Thanks again for all your posts regarding this style- the help is invaluable and I appreciate the time and consideration you take. 

A Rich Taylor Says:
Sunday, February 3, 2008 @10:57:08 AM

soulful! that 2 finger style....

Don Borchelt Says:
Saturday, February 9, 2008 @10:21:27 PM

Well, you have just made the top spot on the Top 100 Playlist with this tune.  It deserves to be there, for sure.  Just plain beautiful banjo picking.

Thursday, March 27, 2008 @11:41:41 PM

Tis a gift to hear this post, ITS my current favorite,it turned just right1

GSCarson Says:
Sunday, May 4, 2008 @9:22:44 AM

Will Keys would be proud of you Chip, beautiful playing.

drocha Says:
Friday, May 23, 2008 @2:00:28 PM

Chip, pat yourself on the back my good man! nice work. hearing that makes me want to become a better player. thanks

OmeZenabi Says:
Sunday, September 14, 2008 @3:44:43 PM

Very very pretty Chip. 

Cottonmouth Says:
Sunday, December 14, 2008 @4:04:16 PM

Oh, I really like that, Chip. This is one of the very first tunes I learned to play in clawhammer style in Double C (X2).

mgoers Says:
Sunday, January 25, 2009 @8:04:29 AM

Sweet!  This has been a favorite tune of mine for years & we play it periodically.  I might have to see if Lucy would like to learn this version.  Thanks, Chip.

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