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May 29, 2020 - 1:31:42 PM
184 posts since 10/27/2009

Does any one know what style Pete uses to play the Pigtown Fling? Does anyone have TABS for Pete's version of the Pigtown Fling? Any & all info would be greatly appreciated.

May 29, 2020 - 1:42:03 PM



9475 posts since 1/22/2003

This is it:

I think it's just three-finger picking, with sometimes a brush. It doesn't sound like Scruggs-style, so let's call it oldtime three-finger picking.

May 29, 2020 - 1:47:16 PM



184 posts since 10/27/2009

Yup! Thanks! Thought it might be 3-finger picking, just wasn't sure.

May 29, 2020 - 2:25:09 PM

875 posts since 10/31/2007
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That is sweet. Sounds like it is not too complicated to pick up. (I hope)

May 29, 2020 - 7:22 PM
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6410 posts since 4/7/2003

Sounds like two separate players, one very melodic style similar to Bill Keith or Tony Trisika , one more simple, (probably Pete). Anyway, nice blend.

May 29, 2020 - 8:35:22 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)


23602 posts since 6/25/2005

Reminds us, as has been recently noted in another thread, that Pete Seeger was a really good banjo player. I agree that it’s an old-time (and remarkably melodic) 3-finger style.  

May 30, 2020 - 12:01:31 AM
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40504 posts since 3/7/2006

It is two banjos, but I think plays the "melodic" part and there is another player making the back-up accompaniment. Pigtown Fling is not a too difficult tune, and Pete Seeger was absolutely a really good banjo player.

May 30, 2020 - 2:06:15 AM



175 posts since 4/17/2010

Maybe a bit out of topic, but it reminds me of Pigtown Fling by Stefan Grosman on guitar.

May 30, 2020 - 2:51:31 AM

JLouis Thiry


32 posts since 3/7/2006

This duet is perfect and Pete Seeger is (I think) playing both banjo parts, he was a master in harmony and accompaniement.
Here you can download the "Banks of Marble and Other Songs" liner notes. And yes it's the same tune Stefan Grosman plays in a more ragtime way.

May 30, 2020 - 3:20:38 AM
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40504 posts since 3/7/2006

I agree with Jean Louis. It is Pete Seeger playing both banjo parts in Pigtown Fling. I listened to the other tracks on the LP, and in most songs there are multiple instruments. According to the liner notes the recording of the LP took 8 months and were done in the garage of Fred Hellerman (from the Weavers) who had an 8 track recording machine. Pete used to give credit to other musicians so I presume he was the only musician.

May 30, 2020 - 10:34:56 AM

98 posts since 3/16/2014

In case anyone wants to play something similar but doesn't have Pete's abilities, this is a fun version and easy enough to pick up in about 5 minutes.. The poster goes thru it slow a few times and then takes up speed.

Edited by - plunkyjunkie on 05/30/2020 10:37:04

May 30, 2020 - 5:22:44 PM

5315 posts since 9/21/2007

This piece was published in "The Banjo Player's Favorite" by Zarh Myron Bickford (formally Myron A. Bickford) in 1918.

May 30, 2020 - 8:48:18 PM

4851 posts since 5/14/2007

I posted my say on the "PeteSeeger" group site. It is a duet (clear when listening on headphones) , two-finger lead (left ear), three finger harmony (right ear), and marvelous all the way around.

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