It's been quieter around here than I like, but as I mentioned the other day my overall mood of constant escalating tension has not been conducive to making music.

Case in point, I wrote this for inauguration day in 2017 and I still haven't gotten around to actually learning/recording it


All of the major media outlets have finally called the race for Biden. I might just dust this off and see about adding a major key trio

Follow-up: I did actually write a trio section for this with the intention of recording and releasing it yesterday (mostly as a nod to myself for putting the first version out 4 years ago) but I decided I didn't feel like

1. doing the fussy last-pass details on the sheet music (it's pretty close but not 100% yet) and

2. putting in the time in to learn my own composition

...not for yesterday, anyway. This should be released as a footnote.

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@mayor That looks foot tappingly fun, with a sold 1-2 beat 🙂

I am not familiar with the "B.P" notation. Can you explain it ?


@kat Oh, thank you! One of the things I need to do is update the footer to make it clear that it's released as Creative Commons Attribution, so feel free to fool around with it if you want!

This is actually composed for classic fingerstyle 5-string banjo ( and "B.P" stands for "Barre Position"; for instance "5. B.P." indicates that you would play those notes with your index finger on the 5th fret. It's a convention you see a lot in banjo sheet music from the mid-19th century on.

One of those fussy details I still need to do for this piece is to add another banjo-specific notational convention, which is to decorate G notes to be played on the open 5th drone string with a raised stem and 16th note flag. You'll also sometimes see fret numbers!

@mayor thanks for educating me! probably another stupid question now .. but does that mean that the pitch of the note is actually different from the sheet music (so raised by 5 semitones in the case of 5BP) , or is it more an instruction to the musician in how to finger the note on the instrument ?

@kat it's the latter (fingering instructions,) so because the standard open tuning is "C-G-B-D", if you had a measure with a C-E-G chord and a "5th barre position" instruction you'd know to look for those notes starting at the 5th fret, and find them on the 3rd, 2nd and 1st strings.

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