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In the filing cabinet of my mind, this week’s tune, Greasy String, is categorized as the gritter (greasier?) version of “Cripple Creek.”
No, the two tunes aren’t the same, but the similarities are there, especially in the B part, and in the fact that they’re both “half length” fiddle tunes. Speaking of the fiddle, it’s presumed that the title refers to a fiddle string that’s been properly lubricated (sometimes via the application of the grease in one’s own hair).
Greasy String was also one of the cuts off the Georgia Jays’ Round Peak, Georgia album, and it features some especially fine fiddling, and some equally fine singing by my bandmate Justin Manglitz, each with a healthy dose of satisfying grit.
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As I did with Sally Ann recently, I’ve included that track here for your listening enjoyment, along with the fiddle backup tracks that are part of the Banjo Players Edition (which includes the entire album, 40 fiddle backup tracks, and a book of banjo tabs for all the tunes – click here to check it out.)
Greasy String – album cut:
Greasy String – full speed fiddle track:
Greasy String – slower speed fiddle track:
aEAC#E tuning, Brainjo level 3-4
Notes on the Tab
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