Thursday, February 21, 2008

Angeline the Baker

This is a student of mine, Rick, playing the banjo. I just love the way he plays this song. Rick is very good about taking what I teach him and "making it his own." He uses his thumb on this song to strum down from the 5th string instead of picking just the 5th string by itself (Part B of this song). Also listen to the way he combines multiple hammer-ons and pull-offs with simple rolls. Angeline the Baker is an old-time fiddle tune, but I think Rick has just made it a great folk-sounding banjo tune.

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