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Needlecase: Old-Time Three-Finger

Posted by NWBanjo


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Size: 1,855kb, uploaded 3/11/2008 6:14:48 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I learned this from Mike Seeger last summer. The tuning is what I call "Charlie Poole Tuning," but it might actually be called "Classical C Tuning." Anyway, it's gCGBD.

11 comments on “Needlecase: Old-Time Three-Finger”

vrteach Says:
Tuesday, March 11, 2008 @10:38:40 AM

Lovely version. I really admire that 3-finger picking.

NWBanjo Says:
Tuesday, March 11, 2008 @10:47:56 AM

Thanks Teach!

FiddlerFaddler Says:
Tuesday, March 11, 2008 @8:22:43 PM

Fantastic - I love it!  The melody is clearly evident and foremost, and the filler notes are eminently complimentary to the melody, audibly interesting without eclipsing the melody.  Thanks for posting this.

NWBanjo Says:
Tuesday, March 11, 2008 @9:48:22 PM

You're welcome! Thanks for listening and for posting such great feedback. I wish I could take credit for the arrangement, but it's Sam McGee's.

bagunhe Says:
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 @8:49:46 AM

This is the way "Needlecase" should be! I Which banjo do you play on this tune?

NWBanjo Says:
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 @8:54:17 AM

Why the Kasuga, of course! Thanks Bosco

gailg64 Says:
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 @3:15:15 PM

Go Isaac! You must come here for the Charlie Poole fest. sometime. It's the most old-time 3-finger players you'll ever see in one place at one time. (it might take 2 hands to count 'em!)

NWBanjo Says:
Thursday, March 13, 2008 @5:17:45 AM

I'd love to make it, but those early to mid-June festivals are always taking place when I'm wrapping up the school year. I'll have to take a year off some time just to make Mt. Airy!

Pete Peterson Says:
Thursday, March 13, 2008 @10:50:04 AM

Really pretty! I compared the way I play it to the way you play it and there's been some tune drift; you are closer to Sam McGee than I am! Walt Koken, who listened to me play it, told me I have key details of the melody wrong, which was prompted me to go back to Sam's original recording) I REALLY like what you did! Second Gailg's comments-- rearrange your life (easy for me to say) and come to the Poole festival!

Don Borchelt Says:
Saturday, August 23, 2008 @11:20:47 AM

You're channeling Sam McGee with this one.  Excellent picking.

delmando Says:
Tuesday, January 6, 2009 @6:15:15 AM

I love this arrangement!  I came to my own 3-finger version of Needle Case via Carroll Best's "fiddle style" & it has similarities, but there are lots of real pretty embellishments I can now incorporate from this one - thanks Isaac.

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