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A Promise of Spring - cello banjo, banjo lute, sitar, silver & wood flutes

Apr 13, 2021 - 6:21:22 PM
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4091 posts since 12/3/2008

I'm delighted to be collaborating with Jessica Peterson, who is playing a 1942 Silver Flute, and a Ralph Sweet Eb Keyless Wood Flute, plus creating an exquisite video production on a piece I composed. Jessica created the video from nature images she captured, in her rambles in Colorado.

I'm playing a 5-string banjo lute converted from a 10-string cittern made by Stefan Sobell; also, a Gold Tone 5-string cello banjo, and sitar.

Hope you enjoy. Be well.

PS. Check out other videos of our original music:


Edited by - Paul Roberts on 04/17/2021 17:26:09

Apr 16, 2021 - 6:33:16 PM



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Very nice!

Apr 17, 2021 - 5:23:44 PM

4091 posts since 12/3/2008

Thanks, Chas, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Some background on my banjo lute.

I purchased a 5-course cittern from Stefan Sobell in the early 1980's. At some point I found I could easily restring it to play as a 5-string banjo, without modification other than a string change. Since then, I have gone back and forth, stringing it in paired 5th's, and in re-entrant banjo tuning.

This transforms the cittern into what is variously referred to as banjo lute, wood-top banjo, or banjola... albeit, with the 5th string running all the way up to the peghead. It plays really well in this configuration, with ample string spacing at the nut and bridge. I like the way it sits in the mix with other instruments.

I composed "A Promise of Spring" on 5-string cello banjo, and arranged it with banjo lute and sitar, when I recorded it. Flutist Jessica Peterson composed her parts, and created nature visuals.

Thanks for checking it out.

Apr 17, 2021 - 7:09:20 PM

5603 posts since 12/20/2005

Paul, that is very, very good.

Apr 18, 2021 - 1:56:53 PM

4091 posts since 12/3/2008

Originally posted by Leslie R

Paul, that is very, very good.

Leslie, thank you, that's a very good-hearted thing to say; it helps me get on with my day. 

I hope some of you will give a listen/watch to other videos in this nature-meets-music series, by me and Jessica Peterson. Thank you for tuning in; it means a lot to me. Be well, and brighten the world with your heart's song.

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