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Sep 5, 2021 - 4:20:11 PM
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4121 posts since 12/3/2008

As with a number of my tunes, I've doubled the cello banjo part with a banjo lute: a Sobell 10-string cittern, strung with just five strings and tuned like a 5-string banjo. The Sobell is tuned an octave above the cello banjo. I like the effect of a deep growl, combined with a shimmering chime.


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Edited by - Paul Roberts on 09/22/2021 17:00:16

Sep 5, 2021 - 5:29:48 PM

2170 posts since 1/21/2003

That's a rousing tune Paul, and like you I think the combination of the two instruments makes the recording more effective.

Sep 6, 2021 - 5:22:45 AM

5726 posts since 12/20/2005

Paul that is a great composition ! It somehow just has a magic flow that really comes together.
IMO, you have a serious gift.
Like you, I also have a deep appreciation for cello banjo. I like the way you make it work.

Sep 7, 2021 - 9:13:04 AM
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4121 posts since 12/3/2008

@rickhayes Thanks for your kind words, Rick. In terms of supportiveness and friendliness, you've always been a mainstay of Banjo Hangout.

@Leslie R Your words mean a lot! Thank you so much!

Sep 10, 2021 - 4:17:54 PM
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7247 posts since 11/4/2005

That was just wonderful, Paul, it reminds me of my days as a young boy singing in the Archbishop's Choir every Sunday at the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Chains in Cincinnati. Our innocent little soprano voices sang the old plainsong (aka Gregorian chant), mixing with the deep voices of the men's choir an octave below. It had that same enchantment that we appreciated, even at 10 years old.

Glad to see that you are still playing that cello banjo, and still have your elegant taste in headgear.

- Don B.

Sep 11, 2021 - 5:11:27 AM

4121 posts since 12/3/2008

@Don Borchelt
Powerful story, powerful medicine.

Sep 22, 2021 - 6:48:28 AM
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2960 posts since 6/27/2013

If I ever find myself sailing down the Volga River, I definitely want this as my soundtrack.

Sep 22, 2021 - 7:37:48 AM



1871 posts since 11/3/2016

Casablanca , 1942 w/ Bogart !

Sep 22, 2021 - 7:48:14 AM
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58254 posts since 12/14/2005

"Play it again, Sam.... but this time, on a cittern and a cello banjo!"

-H. Bogart-

Sep 22, 2021 - 9:58:45 AM

4121 posts since 12/3/2008

"Bogart Sailing Down the Volga River" it is.

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