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Aaron Stevens performs traditional "Monkey Shine" banjo tricks

Oct 7, 2022 - 5:05:35 AM
384 posts since 8/11/2007

Oct 7, 2022 - 5:15:13 AM

59716 posts since 12/14/2005

FUN to watch!

Can't imagine trying to flip a twelve-pound  Bluegrass style  Masterclone that easily.

Edited by - mike gregory on 10/07/2022 05:17:49

Oct 7, 2022 - 5:33:57 AM

7240 posts since 9/21/2007

Most people attribute this style of routine to Dave Macon but it goes back to the very earliest rimmed banjo players.

The most common pieces to play while doing tricks were the "Sangalli Dance" and the "Bell Chimes" (church bell imitation).

Here is the "Sangalli Trick Dance" as arranged by Frank Converse:

This was also published by several people as "Magic Trick Solo".

Also something that people might not know is that this was not strictly an act of minstrelsy. It carried over into the classic era.

Trick banjo playing was the inspiration for A. D. Grover to design the "non tip" bridge.

Even S. S. Stewart could use "tricks" while playing.

Does anyone know what decade "Monkey Shines" was applied to this type of act?


Edited by - Joel Hooks on 10/07/2022 05:34:52

Oct 7, 2022 - 6:00:57 AM

11142 posts since 4/23/2004

Glad to see this style still active and vibrant. Great performances!

Oct 7, 2022 - 6:34:35 AM

95 posts since 7/24/2021

Young man, that was awesome! Keep doing what your doing.

Oct 7, 2022 - 3:27:33 PM

236 posts since 12/19/2017

Very entertaining to watch. I love seeing people who can do that. I first saw someone play Grandfather’s clock doing the chimes as he swung the banjo like the pendulum of a clock. I would love to see you try that song. Outstanding job sir!!!

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