As a way to motivate myself, as well as show folks what i am working on, I am going to strive and post a tune a week here to the blog. It might be solo guitar, some flute, maybe some overdubbed things once i get my Presonus Mobile interface. It won’t always be perfect, I am messing around with ideas for an eventual new cd, so alot of this stuff will still be unpolished.
This first tune is a pair of Breton tunes I play on open back five string banjo, in the clawhammer style. Yes, I know not a typical use for the clawhammer banjo, but they just fit. I learned them from my friend Bryan Owens, who plays in the Portland Breton band, Mistral. He recorded them on an older cd of his entitled Bryan’s Bizarre. I changed the key of the second tune to fit the banjo.
My banjo is an old Lyon and Healy with a spun over rim. If i can manage to take some decent pictures perhaps I will post them. Its tuned gDGCD, though these tunes are normally in A minor. I didn’t want to tune my drone string up to A and risk breaking it. I string it with Aquila nylon strings.
I enjoy playing banjo alot, the clawhammer style is just plain fun. One day I would like to have someone build me a banjo, perhaps local maker Brooks Masten.