Here’s a banjo lesson — a full 20 minutes, thanks YouTube — on Dock Boggs’ banjo song Danville Girl. I taught this at the Los Angeles Old-Time Social last month, which was a bunch of fun. Hope you enjoy!
Here’s a little Christmas present from one member of Sausage Grinder — enjoy!
Here’s (finally) the video version of the banjo lesson I promised at the Goleta Old-Time Fiddler’s Convention. The tune is Marching Jaybird; you can buy the original (and I highly recommend this album — Instrumental Music of the Southern Appalachians) here. Hope you enjoy the lesson, and if you don’t play banjo, if you watch a minute or so you’ll get to hear the tune.
Here’s a little jam we had with Steve James (far left) at the National Guitar Booth at the Goleta Old Time Fiddlers’ Convention last month. A slow and sweetly melodious version of Stuff Smith’s “If You’se a Viper”. (Washboard Margie n’ lil’ Forrest got cut off the right side, sadly.)
We had a great time at the CTMS Equinox Festival on Sunday — we even had quite an audience for our early morning (for us) 10:20 a.m. show. David and I both taught workshops (me on banjo, David on fiddle), and I promised to post a video of the tune I taught so that folks could refer back to it.
So if you were there, here you go, and if you weren’t, I hope you get something out of this, too — it’s a quick demonstration of thumb-lead two-finger old-time banjo picking, using Doc Watson’s version of “Groundhog.” Enjoy, and leave a comment here or on YouTube if you have any questions and I’ll be glad to answer them.
A twin mando tune from our performance at the Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest on May 16, 2010.