Posts Tagged 'contra'

Säkkijärven Polkka: the video

Here’s a video version of a Finnish polka that I posted earlier as an MP3. This time I’m playing it on my Gold Tone OT-800. The banjo is tuned gEGBE.

Download MP3 (different banjo) | Tab | PDF of tab


Jump at the Sun

At the beginning of this video, you’ll hear a fun, loping jig by melodeon player John Kirkpatrick of Shropshire, England.

Although it sounds like it has a “weird” scale, it plays fine out of double D, which is what I used in this tab.

Like this tune? There are lots more at John’s online store.

The Old Bush

Traditional Irish tune. Tab to come.

Slow, for learning:


Contra dance speed (it’s a little crazy because it’s hard to avoid crazy at 120 BPM):


Vladimir’s Steamboat

A fun challenge by Jay Ungar.

Download MP3 | Tab

Trei Pazeste de la Bistret

A crazy Romanian tune. Listen to the original recording here. Add a more “normal”-sounding 4th part to make this work for a contra.


Shoot that Turkey Buzzard

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Ten Cents

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