Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Tenor Banjo Tab: Fraksetter's Waltz

Here is the first installment in what I hope to be a regular series featuring the audio and tablature of some of the tunes I enjoy playing. Click on the post title above - or click here - to be taken to a page where you can hear the audio. I'm a novice; I don't really know what I'm doing, and I don't claim to have any sort of expertise or musical knowledge whatsoever. So take this with a grain of salt. But if you're looking for a great new tune to play I think I've found one for you!

This tune comes from the Dix Bruce tunebook Mandolin Uff Da! Let's Dance! Scandinavian Fiddle Tunes and House Party Music, which is a collection of tunes as played by Goose Island Ramblers accordion player Bruce Bollerud. (This is a fantastic book of tunes that I highly recommend. I hope to review this book soon!).

What I'm calling Fraksetter's Waltz is actually a hybrid of two waltzes from that book: Skorte Frak Waltz and Tobacco Setter's Waltz. I really, really liked the B-parts of both of those tunes, and they seemed to work well together, so I play them together as an AA/BB style waltz. (I just made up the name Fraksetter's Waltz). The attached audio is me playing it in the key of D. I think this might have been the first waltz I ever played.

Please pardon the quality of the tablature picture. I wanted to get it done quickly and took it with my phone. In the future I hope to develop a better way of uploading the tab. Please note that my Irish tenor banjo tab will always work for mandolin. The only difference being in some cases I might have simplified some measures due to the tenor banjo stretch.

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