Wednesday, June 1, 2011

let's waltz, darling

Here's my version of Down in the Willow Gardens, our first Waltz of Banjo Equinox. Feel free to post (or repost) your videos here. Has everyone stayed with it? Has anyone up and quit? For those faithful players out there, have you had a chance yet to play near your gardens after a long day, or with friends at a campfire? I played some fiddle this past weekend at a campfire and let me tell you, it wasn't pretty. I'm out of practice and needing rosin, but I could still saw out an Irish Reel and it made a few hands clap. That's reason enough to order new rosin. These instruments come and go in waves of passion, I know. BUt I hope some of you have a steady marriage started with your drum pots. Let's hear some updates and some 3/4 time!


Blogger Amber said...

Woo hoo! And did I see thumbs a droppin' in there??? I keep trying and trying to drop some in Cluck Old Hen, but I just can't seem to get it right. I'm afraid I might need to be shown in person, 'cause it just isn't coming through the instructional videos for me, but I don't know any real-life clawhammer banjo players. :(

I got excited and posted my link before, but for good measure, here's my rather plain rendition of Down In The Willow Gardens.

June 1, 2011 at 9:29 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

Oh! And just for fun, I did a video that same day of me butchering "Cumberland Mountain Deer Chase."

I call mine "Cumberland Mountain Train Wreck."

June 1, 2011 at 10:30 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

These are great Amber! You sound fantastic, are you playing a Hobo?

June 2, 2011 at 6:19 AM  
Blogger Amber said...

Thank you so much! I've been having so much fun with this, and your Banjo Equinox was just the push I needed to start playing. Thanks for doing this. :)

My banjo is actually a Morris. It came to me through Craigslist, filthy and badly damaged (but only fifty bucks!!!), and missing its resonator which I opted to leave off.

I know you're very busy, and linking to my own blog is kind of tacky, but if you ever have two minutes to kill, this post has some before and after shots, and the brief history of the banjo that the previous owner emailed to me right after I got home.

Anyway, thanks again for doing all this!

June 2, 2011 at 9:30 AM  
Blogger Odd Ducks Farm said...

I still love my banjo but it pains me to admit I've had zero time to practice lately. It looks like my resopnse for this lesson will be late, just like last time. Sometimes life just doesn't let you slow down enough to play.

June 2, 2011 at 12:15 PM  
Blogger Geode said...

Here's my video!

Please ignore my rude cat attending to personal cleanliness business in the background :)

June 2, 2011 at 3:50 PM  
Blogger Coley said...

here is mine!

June 2, 2011 at 7:33 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I can't tell you how happy these videos make me, so happy! And Amber, I saw that when you first did it and I am shocked and amazed! So darn happy for you!

Geode, I'm going to listen to you now and can't wait to hear this song with your drop thumb. You have a gift.

June 2, 2011 at 8:14 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

No problem Odd Duck, there is no tension here.

June 3, 2011 at 6:11 AM  
Blogger Shamana Flora said...

i started late so haven't perfected this tune yet, but maybe in the next week i can get it up! I have a few others up from earlier on...
This is such an awwesome project! THanks for motivating us all to get hands on the banjo!! I love my banjo!!

June 4, 2011 at 5:11 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

Everybody's sounding so good!

@Odd Ducks - Didn't you just get over being sick while MOVING? I don't think anybody would judge you for not having practice time.

Jenna - Thank you so much. It was a labor of love, that's for sure. And I got to "play" by a (backyard) campfire for the first time last night. This whole banjo obsession is starting to get even more exciting. :D

June 4, 2011 at 7:26 PM  

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