Anthony Street Reel

June 25, 2015 4:35 AM

Another Frank Converse tune, from his 1886 Analytical Banjo Method (PDF link).

Played here on a fretless, minstrel style banjo tuned to dGDF#A although by 1886 someone using this book might well have been using a fretted instrument tuned to eAEG#B.

posted by usonian (6 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Really fun whirling piece. Well played!
posted by BlackPebble at 9:59 AM on June 25, 2015

God, love that fretless, floppy string sound with the sliding base line, especially when it's played this well. Lovely.
posted by Corduroy at 7:20 PM on June 25, 2015

I actually recorded this a while ago and when I was trying to play it last night wondered why I was having such a hard time with those low notes - then I remembered: the tuning on this one is dADF#A -"elevated bass" as it was called then, which has since become the standard tuning arrangement for 5-string banjo; the modern equivalent is gDGBD.
posted by usonian at 9:39 AM on June 26, 2015

(& Thanks!)
posted by usonian at 9:39 AM on June 26, 2015

This is great.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 3:02 PM on June 28, 2015

By the way, this version by Tim Twiss with distortion and drums sounds amazingly contemporary considering he's playing it as written 129 years ago.
posted by usonian at 8:25 PM on July 14, 2015

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