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Jul 25, 2021 - 6:20:49 PM
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Hello all,

Decided to give myself some purpose, I am going to try my best to record all 71 tunes in the Brad Leftwich Round Peak Clawhammer Banjo book. So I am starting off with #1 in the book: Baby-O. The alternate playing of the B section is really wonky feeling and almost seems like I lose my rhythm but when I tap along it seems to be pretty true. I don't think I will ever play the alternative B section if this tune ever comes up in a jam although it sounds pretty cool.

I'll keep my videos to this thread and add comments as I record a new one.

Thank you,
-Brendan


Edited by - Bum Ditty Brendan on 09/24/2021 19:28:46

Jul 26, 2021 - 5:31:37 AM
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631 posts since 7/10/2012

Great idea and great playing! Will you keep posting the tunes to this thread till you hit 71?

David

Jul 26, 2021 - 5:48:05 AM

345 posts since 7/22/2016

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Originally posted by dpgetman

Great idea and great playing! Will you keep posting the tunes to this thread till you hit 71?

David


That's right. I will post them to this thread until I hit 71. There are a bunch I already know but I want to upload them in order. The next one is Big eyed rabbit and I am feeling good about recording it soon but I have to find the time. I'd say already know about 30%-40% of the tunes or have played them before so some of them might come in chunks. I just did the math, I know 28 of the tunes already and that's 39.5%. And that last 60.5% is going to be fun!

I also plan to revisit some of the tunes later that I particularly like to play them with more variations and for longer durations. I can tell I will likely record baby-o again after i get through the 71 tunes. 

I don't plan to add any variations of my own into this series except for putting a tag at the end to close out the tune because that's always fun.

My goals this week are to have Big-eyed rabbit and the next few after that. Once I get past big eyed rabbit I have an easier time since I already know the next 10 tunes in the book. So if i can get big eyed rabbit and maybe 3-4 more recorded this week then I will be pleased with that progress. 

Jul 26, 2021 - 6:11:52 AM
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631 posts since 7/10/2012

Outstanding, looking forward to listening to your journey through that book. Perhaps one day I will follow in your footsteps...

Jul 26, 2021 - 8:19:24 AM
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R Buck

USA

2978 posts since 9/5/2006

You are certainly getting that Round Peak sound. You could place at Elk Creek or Fries or any number of contests in SW VA or central NC playing that way. Well if you gave a local address that is. ;-)

Jul 26, 2021 - 8:24:59 AM

345 posts since 7/22/2016

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Originally posted by R Buck

You are certainly getting that Round Peak sound. You could place at Elk Creek or Fries or any number of contests in SW VA or central NC playing that way. Well if you gave a local address that is. ;-)


Maybe I might take a trip down that way in the future to some of the contests. I am going to Galax this year and plan to do a round peak tune. Thanks so much!

Jul 26, 2021 - 12:47:51 PM
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Gar

USA

29 posts since 7/13/2020

@Bum Ditty Brendan.
Sounds really nice. Are you playing a fretless banjo?
Gar

Jul 26, 2021 - 5:31:12 PM
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Originally posted by Gar

@Bum Ditty Brendan.
Sounds really nice. Are you playing a fretless banjo?
Gar


Yup. Here it is. Mike Ramsey #190 made in Lebanon, OH. 11" pot, Stelling aluminum (he calls it ALMAG) tone ring.


Jul 28, 2021 - 4:17:07 AM

345 posts since 7/22/2016

Hello folks,

Added #2, Big-eyed Rabbit. This was a bit tough because of the dynamics needed to get the melody to stand out. I've been playing about 40% of the tunes in this book for a while and what this tune has taught me is to accentuate the melody notes. On my initial recording of this tune I noticed the notes were a bit same sounding such that the melody did not stick out. When learning tunes in the Round Peak style you will find there are many notes that aren't necessary for the melody but sound good when played in the context of the tune. It is important to get those melody notes to stand out above the extra notes so you don't lose the tune. Listen to the tune - hum the tune - and play the tune. Then add the extra notes.


Edited by - Bum Ditty Brendan on 07/28/2021 04:19:15

Jul 29, 2021 - 5:03:52 PM
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345 posts since 7/22/2016

Here is Blackest Crow, number 3 of 71


Sep 20, 2021 - 3:32:11 AM

345 posts since 7/22/2016

Finally adding number 4 on the list, Breaking up Christmas.

I learned to play this tune by ear and as a result I didn't really know the transcriptions from Brad. It took some practice to break from my habits and preferences. Up next is Chilly Winds


Sep 24, 2021 - 3:27:53 PM

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Sep 24, 2021 - 7:28:11 PM

345 posts since 7/22/2016

Number 6 of 71, Cluck Old Hen.

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