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Recent BHO - Fri, 2018-07-20 14:30

This is probably not the right place to ask but I just don't know the right place, so here goes.

How can you (or can you), download videos from the hangout? I would like to download some to play on my Ipad , etc.

thank you,

J.C. Bryant

TOTW 7/20/2018 - "Snake Hunt" aka "L'Ville"

Recent BHO - Fri, 2018-07-20 14:30

Hi folks,

I first heard this week's Tune of the Week on a recording by the Volo Bogtrotters who called it "L'ville (Snake Hunt)" but most people I've heard play it just call it "Snake Hunt."

It seems that the tune was written by Fred Campeau who explains in an attached video that "I trying to remember a tune and I couldn't remember it and it came out this way." He was in a town called Libertyville, so he abbreviated it to "L'ville" (pronounced "ell-ville").

It's a fun(ny) tune. The A part is pretty standard and is similar to the low part of "Black Jack Grove." But the B part is really weird -- it's 11 bars long, with lots of half notes, even tied quarter notes that cross the bar line -- and it doesn't repeat. (Though the first and second strains are similar; the second being kind of a condensation of the first.)

I am attaching a banjo tab and a fiddle/melody transcription that I did, based loosely on Chirps Smith's fiddling on the Volo Bogtrotters album.

I am also attaching a nice video of YouTube user "banjukebox" playing it on a short-scale banjo, and an audio-only YouTube video of the tune from the Volo Bogtrotters album.

I think it's really fun to play, and if it's new to you, hopefully you will too.

Let me know how you make out.

John

john@sugarinthegourd.com

Aquilas On My New Gold Tone A Scale

Recent BHO - Fri, 2018-07-20 07:56

Yesterday, I had Aquilas put on my new GT A-scale banjo to see if I can clawhammer it with my old and very weak nails.

They seem a bit loose, but they sound okay to me, and my nail hasn’t split or chipped (yet). I may tune them to A to tighten them up, but I’m wondering if the 5th will tune a step higher. I suppose I’d better see if I get usta them in G first.

He didn’t need to widen the nut or bridge slots, but a coupla the strings seem a bit high. They stay put though, so I’ll see to that later.

All in all, I like ‘em pretty good so far. It’ll be great if I can clawhammer again.

What is your favorite, #1 playing Old Time Banjo and why?

Recent BHO - Wed, 2018-07-18 14:17

Mine is a Jason Mogi 12" - great bass/sound/tone/clarity, neck profile with a volute which I really like, simple in appearance yet super-well crafted, light weight (sort half-way between a Ramsey and a Tradesman, only 18 hooks), just right-size fret wires, scooped. The only thing I would change would be a non-black pot and instead have the pot that matches the neck wood. it is nice to have a banjo where it will always be me, and not the banjo, that is the limiting factor. banjered

Are you from Austin?

Recent BHO - Wed, 2018-07-18 08:26

Hello Austinites, I am seeking to learn the top performance venues in the Austin area for acoustic American-traditional & Old Time Music. Please exclude venues where the music is background to a social scene (not that there’s anything wrong with that - just not what I’m looking for). 

So, listening rooms ... could be coffee houses, bars, cafes, house concerts ... all are OK as long as they are listening rooms and feature American-traditional & Old Time from time to time on their schedule. 

And to be clear... not looking for jams... but performance venues that meet the aforementioned criteria. 

Thank you friends, Tom