Art Rosenbaum is one of America's foremost performers and teachers of traditional five-string banjo playing. He has a long-time interest in the myriad old-time tunings that give breadth and richness to mountain and old-time banjo picking, and has learned first-hand from old-timers in the South and Midwest. Pete Seeger (whose pioneering book How to Play the Five-String Banjo gave Art his start in the 1950s) praised the inclusion of 23 tunings in Art's 1968 Oak Publications book Old-Time Mountain Banjo. ...more
Art Rosenbaum is one of America's foremost performers and teachers of traditional five-string banjo playing. He has a long-time interest in the myriad old-time tunings that give breadth and richness to mountain and old-time banjo picking, and has learned first-hand from old-timers in the South and Midwest. Pete Seeger (whose pioneering book How to Play the Five-String Banjo gave Art his start in the 1950s) praised the inclusion of 23 tunings in Art's 1968 Oak Publications book Old-Time Mountain Banjo.
This book and 2-DVD set doubles (plus one!) that number of tunings. Art groups the tunings into "families" and shows how they can be used, with various picking styles, in playing banjo tunes and string band music and in song accompaniment. Experienced players will broaden their knowledge of unusual and interesting tunings and styles, and novice players can get started with "common" tunings for easy pieces like "Cripple Creek" and "Shout Lulu"-the first tunes many old-timers learned.
Running Time 240 minutes
DVD is region 0, playable worldwide
Once I Had an Old Banjo G TUNINGS (with A variations)Open G tuningSourwood MountainBile Them Cabbage Down Little MaggieCripple CreekChilly WindsOld Joe ClarkOpen A tuningJune AppleDon’t Let Your Deal Go Down (back in open G)Low Bass G tuningBury Me Beneath the WillowCannonball BluesLow Bass A tuningJohn Browns DreamWillie Moore tuningWillie MooreHiram Hubbard tuningHiram HubbardLady Gay tuningLady GayOld Banjo tuningOn Top of Old Smokey The Rambling BoyTrain on the Island tuningTrain on the IslandBrighter Day tuningHappy LandGot a Little Home to Go ToE MINOR TUNINGRed Rocking Chair tuningRed Rocking ChairMINOR TUNINGSG minor or Katy Cruel tuningKaty CruelJohn Hardy (G minor variant tuningJohn Hardy Open E minor Satan tuningSatan, Your Kingdom Must Come DownSAWMILL OR MOUNTAIN MINOR/DORIAN MODE TUNINGSSawmill tuningShady GroveThe CuckooWalking BossTwin Sisters tuningTwin SistersShady Grove tuningShady Grove (Sugar Betty Ann)Shady Grove Old White Hat tuningHand Me Down My Old White Hat (White Oak Mountain)F TUNINGS (AND G VARIANTS)F tuningFrankie Was a Good Girl (I)Rambling HoboF tuning variantBowling GreenKaty Hill tuning (F tuning raised to play in G)Katy HillBuckin’ MuleF for G variantBile Them Cabbage Down (II)C TUNINGS AND (VARIANTS FOR G and D)Standard C, or Greenback tuningMinstrel tuning (for G)
Little Boy, Who Made Your BritchesSkip to My LouGreenbackJordan is a Hard Road to TravelArkansas TravelerWhich Side Are You On?Double C Shout Lulu tuningShout, LuluI Wish I Was a Mole in the GroundD tuning (variant of Double C)Five Miles Outside of Town on an Old Grey MareSoldiers JoyOver the WaterfallHalf Shaved tuningSally AnnHeavy-Loaded Freight Train tuningHeavy-Loaded Freight TrainOpen C tuningWay Down the Old Plank RoadSpanish Fandango (I)Darlin Corey tuningDarlin CoreyLittle Birdie tuningVariant Little Birdie tuningLittle BirdieGuitar tuningWhoa, MuleRailroad BillThe Tom Watson TuneD TUNINGSOpen D tuningGraveyardOld RubenCoal Creek MarchLonesome Road BluesVariant Open D tuningLong Steel Rail (In the Pines)Low Bass Open D tuningOn Top of Old SmokeyIf I Lose My Money, Let Me Lose Boats Up the River tuningBoats Up the RiverLittle Black Train tuningLittle Black TrainPretty PollyHustling Gamblers (Country Blues) tuningHustling Gamblers (Country Blues)DEAD tuningFrankie Was a Good Girl (II)The Rolling Mill is Burning DownCumberland Gap tuningCumberland GapLiza JaneAlternate D Little Birdie tuningLittle Birdie (II)MuskratFOUR MORE TUNINGSSandy River Belle tuningMulberry GapSandy River BelleSandy River Belle tuning in GLast Chance tuningLast ChanceCuba tuningWant to Go to Cuba But I Cant Go NowLong Steel Rail tuningNine Hundred Miles from My HomeCONCLUSIONSpanish Fandango (II)Smokey Mountain Cass Moore’s Tune