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Apparently, rye straw and the digestive tract of the carnivorous canine aren’t the best of friends.
And the ingestion of said straw produces painful digestive upheaval in the unfortunate puppy who does the ingesting.
Such is the backstory for this week’s tune, “Rye Straw.” And that backstory provides the context for understanding one of its other names, “The Joke on the Puppy.”
On the fiddle, the opening drones played on the high strings on the B part are said to mimic the wails of the distressed young pup as he attempts to pass the grass.
There are words to this tune as well, and typically revolve around a dog excreting all manner of absurd items.
Which is why, outside of the cultural norm eroding effects of fermented beverages, you’ll almost always hear this one played as an instrumental.
Ah, the things we’d have never learned if humans always had smartphones to pass the time.
Scatological references aside, this has always been one of my favorites.[NOTE: For those considering adding a Brainjo banjo, this one is played on a “Hobart” model. Click here if you’d like to learn more, or claim one in the next batch]
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.
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