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Trip To Rossaveel

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Minstrel (Stroke Style)  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by jkacur, updated: 5/18/2015
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Notes: "Trip To Rossaveel" is a jig I composed after my first trip to Ireland. I worked it out by flat-picking it on the guitar. Fitting it to the banjo didn't come very naturally at first, but it seems to sound much better after I tried double-c tuning, capoed at the 2nd fret. Very heavy jig rhythm, so MTM MTM or pull-offs and hammer-ons for the weak beats as is standard for clawhammered jigs on the banjo. I only marked the one place where there is an exception to that. Measures 9 and 10 require way up the fret-board playing to accommodate the mechanics of clawhammer. You finger-style players could probably come-up with a more natural way to play those measures. Hope you enjoy it, cheers!

1 comment

jkacur Says:
Monday, May 18, 2015 @7:00:56 AM
- I changed the notes on the 14 and 17th frets of the fourth string, to up-picking on the first string, as I find this easier to play. - Tip. , although the main accents in a jig are on the 1rst and 4th beats, with secondary accents on the 3rd and 6th beats, to play this correctly you really need to drive your thumb in hard to the the notes on the 2nd and 5th beats, (like the "d'"s and "e"s), at the same times your playing the 1rst and 4th beats. If you don't do this, you won't get the kind of sustain you need to play this correctly, and these notes function almost like a drone in this piece.

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