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Southern old time music was born out of cultural collisions – from the interactions amongst different musical forms, instruments, and techniques, a new genre emerged.
Music of European descent that was structured, proscribed, and formulaic met with music of African descent that was, by comparison, free flowing, flexible, and improvisational.
That collision would ultimately lead to the creation of a new musical form that was similar, yet different. And this compelling synergy would continue to be the story of American music and art for years to come.
To my ears, that magic blend is evident in some tunes more than others. And in some players more than others.
One such tune being this week’s selection, “Old Buck.” And one such player being Tommy Jarrell, the source for “Old Buck.”
Though it was quite some time before I realized it, I find I often gravitate to the tunes and players that best exemplify that magic blend.
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gDGBD tuning, Brainjo level 3-4
Notes on the Tab
Notes in parentheses are “skip” notes. To learn more about these, check out my video lesson on the subject.
For more on reading tabs in general, check out this complete guide to reading banjo tabs.
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