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    Re-visiting one that all Norman Blake fans know
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    Quote Originally Posted by stringalong View Post
    Hi woodwizard, The mp3 link you sent gives me "gibberish." Thanks for trying -- I'd love to hear Freeman's Hornpipe. I searched YouTube and got Fisher's Hornpipe, many links for that one.
    Try this
    https://soundcloud.com/mike-parks-7/freemans-hornpipe
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    Baby Ben. It's one of those simple tunes that has three parts, all of which sound the same so it's just impossible to get 'em straight.

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    New one today ... Drunken Billy Goat
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    Working on Dixie Hoedown and revisiting Monkey on a Dogcart.
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    Played lots of new tunes at the Port Townsend Fiddle tunes festival. Now I have to sit down with the Amazing Slow Downer and learn at least some of them in preparation for the next meeting of our old time community of minds, hearts, and fingers.

    Old Billy Hell
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Nollman View Post
    Played lots of new tunes at the Port Townsend Fiddle tunes festival. Now I have to sit down with the Amazing Slow Downer and learn at least some of them in preparation for the next meeting of our old time community of minds, hearts, and fingers.

    Old Billy Hell
    Pikes Peak
    Cow Crossing the Road
    Mississippi Echoes.
    I used to play Pike's Peak years ago and have been resuscitating old tunes that I stopped playing. I also picked up Old Billy Hell recently but have to remember how it goes. I will check out the other two — I am not all that familiar with them by name but I also like your taste in tunes, Jim.
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    Thanks Jim,
    Interesting timing on your reply. I spent some time last night with Brian Oberlin, whose amazing repertoire includes some challenging Italian mandolin pieces. He didn't know the tune Sogno di Bimba which you once sent me, so I took the liberty of playing your recording to him.

    The high point of playing with some inspired (and inspiring) old time fiddlers at the Fiddle Tunes Festival the other day, was spending an entire evening playing tunes only in the key of C. Those last three tunes in my list came from that session.
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    My C tunes:
    • Billy in the Low Ground
    • Farewell Tryon
    • Indian Eat the Woodchuck (Salyer)
    • Katydid
    • Leake County Blues
    • Monkey in a Dog Cart
    • New Money
    • Peep O' Day
    • Pikes Peak
    • Rattlesnake Bit the Baby
    • Rocking Chair Jig
    • Rocky Pallet
    • Saturday Night Breakdown
    • Take Me Back to Georgia
    • Texas Gals
    • That's My Rabbit And My Dog Caught It
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    Yah I have some playing experience with about half the tunes on your list. A few of them I know very well including Rocky Pallet, Farewell Trion, and Saturday Night Breakdown.

    I'll definitely check out the ones you mention that I haven't heard yet.

    Here's a few more straggling C tunes from my own list:


    Cherry River Rag
    Oklahoma Redbird
    Uncle Pig
    Fat back meat and dumplings
    Apple Knockers
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    Here's a cool OT fiddle tune I was playing around with yesterday. Sara Armstrong's Tune

    https://soundcloud.com/mike-parks-7/...rmstrongs-tune
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    Since I am not a bluegrass guy, and I failed miserably at trying to learn to play old-time country fiddle, I don't know any fiddle tunes - so, I made one up, on the mandolin . . . it is aptly called 'Can't Play The Fiddle'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeZito View Post
    Since I am not a bluegrass guy, and I failed miserably at trying to learn to play old-time country fiddle, I don't know any fiddle tunes - so, I made one up, on the mandolin . . . it is aptly called 'Can't Play The Fiddle'.
    Oddly enough, every fiddle tune I play on the fiddle goes by that name as well. I differentiate between them by adding expletives before or after the title.
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    Well I came across this tune accidently but it really grabbed me so I learned to play it from this tab. The more you play it the more it get's into your blood. At least it did to me. Here is my attempt at this new one for me.
    "Walk Along John to Kansas"
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodwizard View Post
    Well I came across this tune accidently but it really grabbed me so I learned to play it from this tab. The more you play it the more it get's into your blood. At least it did to me. Here is my attempt at this new one for me.
    "Walk Along John to Kansas"
    Here you go...great tune!

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yUaITM8O3L4

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Roberts View Post
    Yes! I found that one...That's a great version.
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    Some folks call that version "Rabbit Where's Your Mammy"
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    Haymakers Hoedown off the Harvest Home cd and Squirrell Hunter..Hartfords
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    Whistling Rufus
    Magpie
    Mississippi echoes
    Moon behind the hills
    Banjo hornpipe

    I first started to learn the last tune from a friend who couldn't recall where he learned it. Then, weeks later, I have been Unsuccessful Trying to find a recording of it to play on the amazing slow downer. I now suspect it's never been recorded. Anybody else know the tune?
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    I would guess, Jim, that your friend may have the name wrong or it might be better known by a different name. I see in a search that a bagpipe tune (!) called Banjo Breakdown comes up a lot on YouTube. That isn't it, is it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Nollman View Post
    ... Banjo hornpipe

    I first started to learn the last tune from a friend who couldn't recall where he learned it. Then, weeks later, I have been Unsuccessful Trying to find a recording of it to play on the amazing slow downer. I now suspect it's never been recorded. Anybody else know the tune?
    I agree with Jim Garber that it might have a different name. Or, as you suspect, maybe it's a recent original. Not sure how far you got with learning it, but if you know the first few bars (whistle or hum, pick, write, etc) that might help someone to identify it.

    Just out of curiosity, I went to Google and looked for this:

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    "banjo hornpipe" -pinterest
    (The "-pinterest" part eliminates (in this case) about 600 useless hits, and the quotes are supposed to make Google be more specific otherwise you have to wade through 171,000 hits. So, using the search term shown above narrows the field to 'only' 1,550 hits.)

    ... The 2nd Google hit was the following pleasant sounding tune (has nice-sounding mandolin) that someone posted a month or so ago, but in the text below the video at YouTube it says they don't know the source of it either:


    (or direct link)

    Nice tune, although it's probably not the one you were looking for... and even if it was, it still doesn't solve the mystery of where it came from.

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    Small world. I know those guys. All are from Tucson. The mandolin player in the video is Mark, playing his wonderfully voiced Nugget. John W is on Waterloo guitar and George on Banjo.

    These are the three guys who were playing the Banjo Hornpipe when I first stumbled upon it on Soundcloud (poorly recorded and with no visuals of course). Weeks later I attended the Centralia old time campout where Mark coincidently set up his tent right next to mine. One morning I sat down with him to partially flesh out the melody. I got the A part down fairly quickly, but never got around to learning the B part. Then, back home, and re-listening to the tune on Soundcloud, recorded by John, I realized the B part was much too muddy to serve my purpose. I had no idea they'd also made a Youtube of the piece. Thanks for finding it for me.

    Also, Mark told me they first recorded the tune in F which is the version I heard on Soundcloud. But he subsequently transposed it to G which is how he plays it now. I had only heard the F version, and immediately transposed what I knew of it to C, only because i play a lot of similar "raggy" tunes also in C, and I play with a banjo player so often (we're married as well) that lumping all these vaguely similar tunes into the same key makes life easier for her. So you can imagine the difficulty I created for myself when I finally bumped into Mark who now plays it in G.

    Mark and I are both fans of old time rags. We played and shared many of them while in camp-out. Tunes include Whistling Rufus, Walking the Dog, Oklahoma Redbird, Uncle Pig.

    As an aside, I'd like to mention that George the banjo player is a master on the banjo uke. He tunes the Uke in open G, and essentially uses it only to bar chords and play a unique percussion style that adds incredible drive to old time tunes.
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    Did a quickie recording on my Tascam mixer last night of Norman Blake's Valley Head... Fun one to play. Re-remembering.
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