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September 10, 2011
Stroke style arrangement of an old minstrel tune, taken from "Briggs' Banjo Instructor" book of 1855. Tackhead banjo and tambourine.
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Some of the very earliest Americana, right there. Nice, usonian!
flapjax at midnite
on September 12, 2011
Thanks flapjax! It is my hope in the next year or so to get up to speed on the bones, which really should be part of the mix.
on September 13, 2011
This is pretty sweet. Bones would be awesome.
What does "stroke style" mean?
Karlos the Jackal
on September 20, 2011
Stroke style was the predominant banjo playing style for the middle third of the 19th century, as would have been played in the minstrel shows. Towards the end of the 19th century "guitar style" fingerpicking became popular, and by way of differentiation "stroke style" was also sometimes called "banjo style."
It's a finger-and-thumb downpicking technique that looks a lot like clawhammer/frailing on the surface, but the repertoire has a lot more rhythmic variation, with triplets and rests in interesting places.
Search youtube for 'stroke style banjo', 'early banjo', or 'minstrel banjo' - there's a ton of good stuff out there.
on September 23, 2011
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