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Nov 8, 2019 - 5:33:43 PM
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126 posts since 12/15/2005

Hi folks,

I'm pleased to announce the publication of the second volume in my 'Old time Fiddle Tunes for 5 String Banjo' series. The book contains tab for 20 tunes in five different tunings with the audio files available for download on my website .

Attached is a screenshot of the table of contents.

Here's some of what fellow BHO member and expert banjo player @Don Borchelt had to say about the book in this month's Banjo Newsletter...

"Over the years, though, there have been a small but inspired number of very accomplished two finger pickers who have come forward..... One is the late, legendary Will Keys, whose elegant style has been ably preserved by the great Chip Arnold. Another is the great Lee Sexton. But one of the finest, to my ear, is a truly astonishing picker out of Vancouver Island, Nick Hornbuckle, whose fluid and melodious playing can only be described as just plain beautiful."
"There is pulsing tonal fluidity in Nick’s rendition of Red Steer, almost vocal like, that a more conventional roll based arrangement with its staccato-like evenness isn’t going to render. If Bell’s March, the first tune in the book, follows that more conventional roll based approach to fiddle tune picking, Red Steer epitomizes Nick’s left handed melodic method, with its far more subtle sound. If these ancient tones, as he calls them, appeal to your mystical banjo third ear that every picker needs to discover eventually, then I highly recommend Nick’s second tab book."

 Thanks Don and Banjo Newsletter! 

Nov 8, 2019 - 5:59:04 PM
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9051 posts since 2/22/2007

Bravo Nick! Loved the first volume, it really opened my eyes to some new possibilities. Congrats.
And cudos to Don for a great review.

Nov 8, 2019 - 6:11:23 PM
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44245 posts since 10/5/2013

If anyone knows about old fiddle tunes and their banjo performance nuances, it’s Don Borchelt. Congrats on the new book, Nick.

Edited by - chuckv97 on 11/08/2019 18:12:26

Nov 8, 2019 - 6:19:30 PM
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126 posts since 12/15/2005

Thanks Bill and Chuck! You’re absolutely right about Don...he’s the best! NSH

Nov 10, 2019 - 7:46:31 AM
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7037 posts since 11/4/2005

Thanks for the kind words about my review, but it was easy to write given a subject as inspiring as Nick's playing. His band came east a few years ago, and when I found out about it, I did something I rarely do anymore, I got off my lazy ass and drove about an hour to the club up in New Hampshire where they were playing. Watching him pick in person was a real treat, and the band overall was great!

- Don

Nov 10, 2019 - 11:54:03 AM
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159 posts since 10/9/2019

Wow, awesome picking on both tunes, your right hand is fun to watch on red steer. Tristan Scroggins has been posting a lot about your book on Instagram, which is great cuz he always also posts a video of himself playing one of the tunes

Nov 11, 2019 - 7:40:56 AM

8101 posts since 3/17/2005

Nick is the very best and his right hand is simply amazing! Buy the book!!!!!!!!

Nov 11, 2019 - 7:43:12 AM

8101 posts since 3/17/2005

Don is an articulate and engrossing writer as well as a world class musician.

Nov 11, 2019 - 5:22:47 PM

126 posts since 12/15/2005

Thanks Don....I remember that show very well. Thanks to you too Gunnar!

Nov 11, 2019 - 5:24:07 PM

126 posts since 12/15/2005

Thanks Chip! Your playing is a definite inspiration to me and I appreciate your kind words.

Nov 13, 2019 - 6:59:17 AM
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550 posts since 10/6/2017

Cool. Your playing is really good. I'll try and check out your new book :)

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