Colby Maddox, Paul Tyler, Steve Rosen &  Jordan Wankoff | Hands On: Mandolin/Fiddle/Banjo

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Hands On: Mandolin/Fiddle/Banjo

by Colby Maddox, Paul Tyler, Steve Rosen & Jordan Wankoff

A selection of string band tunes played first at slower speeds so that players will have a chance to pick up the basic melody. As tempos increase, the variations and nuances of each tune become more pronounced. Recorded by teachers at the Old Town School.
Genre: Country: Old-Timey
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1. Angeline the Baker - Fast Colby Maddox, Paul Tyler, Steve Rosen & Jordan Wankoff
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2. Angeline the Baker - Medium Colby Maddox, Paul Tyler, Steve Rosen & Jordan Wankoff
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3. Angeline the Baker - Slow Colby Maddox, Paul Tyler, Steve Rosen & Jordan Wankoff
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4. Soldier's Joy - Fast Colby Maddox, Paul Tyler, Steve Rosen & Jordan Wankoff
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5. Soldier's Joy - Medium Colby Maddox, Paul Tyler, Steve Rosen & Jordan Wankoff
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6. Soldier's Joy - Slow Colby Maddox, Paul Tyler, Steve Rosen & Jordan Wankoff
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7. 8th of January - Fast Colby Maddox, Paul Tyler, Steve Rosen & Jordan Wankoff
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8. 8th of January - Medium Colby Maddox, Paul Tyler, Steve Rosen & Jordan Wankoff
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9. 8th of January - Slow Colby Maddox, Paul Tyler, Steve Rosen & Jordan Wankoff
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10. Mississippi Sawyer - Fast Colby Maddox, Paul Tyler, Steve Rosen & Jordan Wankoff
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11. Mississippi Sawyer - Medium Colby Maddox, Paul Tyler, Steve Rosen & Jordan Wankoff
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12. Mississippi Sawyer - Slow Colby Maddox, Paul Tyler, Steve Rosen & Jordan Wankoff
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13. June Apple - Fast Colby Maddox, Paul Tyler, Steve Rosen & Jordan Wankoff
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14. June Apple - Medium Colby Maddox, Paul Tyler, Steve Rosen & Jordan Wankoff
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15. June Apple - Slow Colby Maddox, Paul Tyler, Steve Rosen & Jordan Wankoff
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16. Going Down To Cairo - Fast Colby Maddox, Paul Tyler, Steve Rosen & Jordan Wankoff
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17. Going Down To Cairo - Medium Colby Maddox, Paul Tyler, Steve Rosen & Jordan Wankoff
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18. Going Down To Cairo - Slow Colby Maddox, Paul Tyler, Steve Rosen & Jordan Wankoff
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19. Waterbound - Fast Colby Maddox, Paul Tyler, Steve Rosen & Jordan Wankoff
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20. Waterbound - Medium Colby Maddox, Paul Tyler, Steve Rosen & Jordan Wankoff
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21. Liza Jane - Fast Colby Maddox, Paul Tyler, Steve Rosen & Jordan Wankoff
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22. Liza Jane - Medium Colby Maddox, Paul Tyler, Steve Rosen & Jordan Wankoff
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23. Liza Jane - Slow Colby Maddox, Paul Tyler, Steve Rosen & Jordan Wankoff
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Here is a small selection from the borderlands between bluegrass and old time music. We offer them at slower speed so that new players will have a chance to pick up the basic melody. As we increase the tempo the variations and nuances of each tune become more pronounced.

It is important to remember that any one tune, "Soldier's Joy for example, is really a number of tunes. There is no single, correct version of any of the tunes presented. Once you have the basic melody you can fill it in, flesh it out, and polish it with licks gathered from listening to other players. You could just as well be inspired to include melodic ideas discovered by your own fingers and imagination.

Our renditions of these 8 tunes represent both bluegrass and old time styles. In old time all the instruments wail away on the melody through every rendition of the tune. In bluegrass, instrumentalists sway the lead role each time through with all the players joining together on the final round. Variation in old time music tends to be small, subtle, and complementary. Variation in bluegrass leans toward improvisation and a greater range of of exploration and innovation.

Tunes like "Soldier's Joy" and "Mississippi Sawyer" are standards with easily traceable roots in the traditional dance music of the British Isles. While other tunes we have chosen may share in that heritage, they are primarily and undeniably American in origin.

"Angeline the Baker" and Liza Jane" owe a debt to the minstrel shows of the 1840's. Our versions are indebted to Franklin George of West Virginia and J.P. Fraley of Kentucky, respectively. "June Apple" and "Waterbound" also came out of the Southeast and are particular favorites in the Blue Ridge Mountains as well as the foothills of Virginia and North Carolina. "The Eighth of January" (the date of the Battle of New Orleans in 1815) and "Going Down to Cairo" are midwestern tunes. "The Eighth of January" was popularized by fiddlers from the Ozark Mountains of Missouri and Arkansas while "Cairo" was once a widely known party-play song in downstate Illinois. Although "Cairo" was originally a song, the melody sure makes a good square dance tune. We hope the listener will discover in these tunes the vibrant, mercurial qualities which led to their inclusion in this collection.
-Paul Tyler, Chicago, December 2000


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