Walk Into De Funeral Parlor Jig

February 27, 2013 6:41 PM

Minor variation on an old minstrel tune. Fretless tackhead banjo, marginally played tambourine and bones.

A variation on the arrangement of "Walk into de parlor jig" from Briggs' Banjo Instructor, 1855. I was fiddling around with the minor version and before I knew it I'd thrown together a quick recording. My phone mic doesn't seem to do tambourine well.

posted by usonian (3 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

I was completely unaware that the February 2013 challenge was to record a minor arrangement of a major tune, I might add... what a strange and happy coincidence. You can hear the original here.
posted by usonian at 6:55 PM on February 27, 2013

I really like the sound you've got from the tamborine! It sounds like rattling coins or broken bells, which suits the morbid nature of the song :)
posted by greenish at 4:11 AM on March 1, 2013

Banjo sounds good. You might try playing the tambourine and bones farther back from the mic and see if that helps. They're going to carry really well... you could probably be across the room from the phone.
posted by dubold at 5:56 AM on March 1, 2013

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