Archive for the 'aEADE' Category

Experimenting with rhythm, Arabic style

Here’s another installment in my ongoing quest to explore the lands beyond bum-ditty. I play an old-time tune on top of a sort of funky Arabic pattern to show how playing over a different rhythm can warp you. My playing is messy but you’ll get the idea.

This video is also the debut of my overhauled Stewart. It now has a sturdily re-glued neck, Elite amber head, tall minstrel style bridge by Bill Morris, and Nylgut strings. I’m getting a lot more pop out of the banjo than I did with the thick Fiberskyn head and heavier bridge, and the Nylguts invite me to mess around with rhythm more than the steel strings did.

And here’s a happy “Thank you!” to Joel Lensch of the Fatted Calf String Band for helping me reglue the neck and to Bill Banker of Bloomington’s Monday Night Music for giving me my first set of Nylgut strings and telling me about the Elite amber head. I love my new-old banjo.

Betsy Likens in 7/8

A traditional old-time tune that I learned from Miles Krassen’s tab, but I play it here in 7/8. This version of 7 is counted 3+2+2 or “slow-and-a quick quick.” Played on my Gold Tone cello banjo.

You can find the original tab in Miles Krassen’s book Clawhammer Banjo.

Moth Hunter

An original tune by Fred Pribac of Tasmania, and one of my favorite tunes to play. Played on my Gold Tone cello banjo in aEADE.

To learn more about Fred and hear him play several of his tunes, stop by his home page on the Banjo Hangout:


A stompy Bulgarian dance that isn’t widely performed, but it’s a fun tune. Modified, it works great for contra dancing.

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Elzic’s Farewell to Bulgaria

An old-time tune done in Bulgarian 11/8. I added some traditional gankino riffs.

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A Swedish wedding waltz with a dark sound.


A Bruxa

By Anton Seoane of the Galician band Milladoiro. It’s pronounced “a BROO-sha” and means “the witch.” A challenge for the banjo. I’ve got a mute on the bridge for the recording.

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Sparvens Polska

From Sweden. See traditional notation here.

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Star of Munster

There are probably lots of banjo versions out there. Here’s another.

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A Romanian dance tune that I’ve seen transcribed in 12/8, but it works like 6/8 for a contra. Best for dances that have balances in the B melody.


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