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 https://nickhornbuckle.com/store .
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...https://banjonews.com/2019-11/old_time_fiddle_tunes_vol._2_by_nick_hornbuckle.html
"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!
Bravo Nick! Loved the first volume, it really opened my eyes to some new possibilities. Congrats.
And cudos to Don for a great review.
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
Thanks Bill and Chuck! You’re absolutely right about Don...he’s the best! NSH
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!
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
Nick is the very best and his right hand is simply amazing! Buy the book!!!!!!!!
Don is an articulate and engrossing writer as well as a world class musician.
Thanks Don....I remember that show very well. Thanks to you too Gunnar!
Thanks Chip! Your playing is a definite inspiration to me and I appreciate your kind words.
Cool. Your playing is really good. I'll try and check out your new book :)
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