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Birthing the Brainjo
Recently, after Tim Gardner (master luthier at Cedar Mountain banjos) and I put the final touches on our most recent batch of Brainjo banjos, we took a break to share a few banjo and fiddle duets and hear these banjos come to life for the first time (a special thrill that never gets old).
Tim is not only a world class banjo maker, he’s also a master fiddler, as you’ll hear in the video (and he’s a great banjo player, too!).
In fact, I think his expert musicianship is a big part of why his banjos not only look great, but sound and play so fantastic.
The tune we play here, “Rock the Cradle, Joe,” has long been a favorite of mine. Turns out it was a favorite of Tim’s too.
(RELATED: The next batch of Brainjo banjos is currently in production, and due for completion next month. There are a couple left to be claimed, so a chance to snag one with a really short wait. Click here for details.)
Rock the Cradle, Joe
aDADE 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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