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Early Irish-American Banjo

Early Irish-American Banjo

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Early Irish-American Banjo

by Rob MacKillop

Book with online audio. The roots of Irish influence on American banjo music extend back to the 1840s, when the legendary Joel Sweeney picked up a gourd banjo from Black American banjo players, and proceeded to perform 'jigs, reels and breakdowns.' MacKillop has collected 27 pieces from the lost heritage of the Irish-American banjo. Includes TAB for 5-string banjo as well as tenor banjo. The tenor banjo arrangements are in two tunings: GDAE and CGDA. Can be played with either a flat pick or fingerstyle. "St Patrick's Day," "Rocky Road To Dublin," "Savourneen Deelish," "McCormick Party Reel," "Sheridan's Hornpipe," more. Intermediate. 64 pp.

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Method For The Banjo With Or Without A Master – Frank B Converse (1865)

1 St Patrick’s Day [4th-string - D] 
2 Bully For All (aka Paddy Go Down) [C] 
3 Sprig of Shelalah [D] 
4 Irishman’s Shanty [D] 
5 Blarney Jig [C] 
6 Mickey Malooney [D] 
7 Irish Jig [D]

The Banjo And How To Play It – Frank B Converse (1872)

8 Rocky Road To Dublin [D]
9 The Kilkenny Lads [D]

Analytical Banjo Method – Frank B Converse (1887)

10 Cruiskeen Laun (full pitcher of whiskey) [C] 
11 Irish Jig No1 [C] 
12 Irish Jig No2 [C] 
13 Savourneen Deelish (faithful sweet heart) [C]

The Banjoist’s Budget – Albert Baur (1883)

14 Muldoon Irish Reel [4th-string not used] 
15 McCormick Party Reel [D] 
16 Good Enough Irish Reel [D] 
17 Mary McCarty Irish Reel [4th-string not used] 
18 Keep It Up Irish Reel [4th-string not used] 
19 Rooney’s Favorite Irish Reel [D] 
20 McGinley’s Reel [D] 
21 The Wind Up Irish Reel [4th-string not used]

Buckley’s Banjo Guide – James Buckley (1868)

22 Pat Malloy’s Jig [D] 
23 Sheridan’s Hornpipe [C]

Dobson’s Universal Banjo Instructor – HC and GC Dobson (1882)

24 Irish Jig 1 [D] 
25 Irish Jig 2 [D] 
26 Irish Reel [D] 
27 Connaught Man’s Rambles [D]

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Skill level intermediate1