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gDGBD relative (d♯B♭D♯GB♭ actual). I learned "Bonnie George Campbell" from a recording of Bascom ...

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f♯DF♯AD - I learned this song from George Gibson of Knott County, Kentucky. In this tutorial I explain the history behind the song, and how the tune is played using traditional overhand (clawhammer) and two-finger banjo picking techniques.

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from 15 Feb, 2021

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f♯DF♯AD I learned this song from Josh Hayes of Watauga County, North Carolina, who probably learn...

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"Soldiers came and took us from our home. They first surrounded our house and they took the mare ...

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f♯DF♯AD - I learned "Old Reuben" (aka Reuben's Train, Train 45, 500 Miles, 800 Miles, or just Reu...

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"Walker Calhoun, respected Cherokee elder, sang the traditional sacred dance songs of the Cheroke...

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Mabel Cawthorn (Maybel Cawthorn) plays "Old Reuben" and "John Henry" on the 5-string banjo at her...

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Banjo player, coal miner, and farmer, Rudell Thomas, recorded by George Gibson and Carroll Smith ...

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The Truth About Banjo History: https://youtu.be/KK7So0x3t4Q

The Truth About "Racist" Folk Songs: https://youtu.be/oIIeu3ii6jM

The Truth About Old-Time Music: https://youtu.be/at8UhyeAQJU

The Truth About Banjo Stereotypes: https://youtu.be/PTjiMGNLb7A

Link to the full Q&A: https://youtu.be/CxIW2Gx-QGc
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f#DF#AD. This tune is generally called "Reuben's Train, " "Old Reuben, " "Train 45, " "500 Miles,...

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This tutorial demonstrates two traditional approaches (in two traditional tunings) to the early b...

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from 10 Jan, 2021

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f#DGAD relative (eCFGC actual). I arranged this version of "Death and the Lady" after hearing a r...

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In 1913 Lyon and Healy introduced the "Improved George Washburn" banjo featuring their new and im...

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I learned "Soldier's Joy" from George Gibson of Knott County, Kentucky. George told me that this ...

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This video introduces the four common types of banjo tuning pegs, and explains how to keep them t...

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I learned this song from George Gibson of Knott County, Kentucky. George learned it from his fath...

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Late 1890s S.S. Stewart "Special Thoroughbred" banjo with 10-5/8" pot.

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(gCGCC "Darling Cora" tuning) I composed this song in November 2004 after learning that a close f...

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This 1920s Supertone "Dixie Wonder" banjo was made by Rettburg & Lange, and distributed by Sears & Roebuck. Dock Boggs is said to have used a brand new Supertone banjo when he was recorded in New York city during 1927 and '28. Good cheap banjos like this one always give me a thrill. Working people's hopes and dreams were invested in these old instruments, and I love them.
https://youtu.be/d3reUCpBvY8

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In this tutorial I explain how traditional banjo players tune the banjo to match their natural singing voice. By following these simple instructions, many who presently believe that they "can't sing" will discover that they CAN sing.

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I composed this song in Germany during the winter of 2005 after learning that one of my closest friends had been killed in Ramadi, Iraq. He was 21 years old.
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ERIE, Michigan — Soldier and Young Husband Deployed Overseas in September was killed in Iraq.

Family members of Pfc. Dennis Miller Jr., 21, were notified of the death Thursday morning. “He just felt honored he could serve our country, especially during war,” his wife of 13 months, Kimberly, told The Monroe Evening News.

Miller was a 2001 graduate of Mason High School and studied history at Monroe Community College. His mother said her son loved hunting with his father and uncles. “He was a great kid,” Kathy Miller said. “He never was in any trouble.”

Miller was the 33rd member of the military from Michigan to die in Iraq.

He graduated from basic training and completed M1 Abrams tank training in September, 2003 at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and was stationed in Korea. He was home on leave for two weeks in June and reported to Iraq on Sept. 8.

Laura Imhoff, owner of Capt. Harry’s Storehouse Pizza in LaSalle, said Miller had worked for about a year at her business.  “He was a wonderful, wonderful kid,” she said. “You couldn’t ask for anyone better. He’d do anything for anyone."
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When I was a boy my momma used to say
Don't you the ever let them see you run away
I tried to obey the words she said that day
But now I'm running and I just can't get away

My father drifted away my mother's dead and gone
My sister died of shame my brother never came home
I've been running so long I just can't run no more
Lord I've been running since the day that I was born.

I know that thieves can steal I know that liars can lie
I guess that I'll be a fool until the day I die
I've seen more hard times than I would care to count
I know that nobody knows you when you're down and out

Lord I never thought that I would live this long
And I never thought that I would be this strong
I hear the voice of an angel singing my last song
Lord I never thought that I would live this long
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gCGCD relative (fB♭FB♭C actual). I learned "Last Gold Dollar" (Mole In the Ground) from George Gi...

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