Working on a tune from 1868 this week, which has a darker sound than its name would suggest.

I've been fooling around with for the first time in a while and damn, steel strings hard on a person's pinky after years of nylon.

I'm tempted to try nylon strings with a felt pick (properly set up, nylon/gut strings can be quite loud on a banjo with a good tone ring) but there is something to be said for building up those callouses and being able to pick up any old without killing my fingers.

I wrote a thing for the equinox. I began working on this *last* fall and managed to get it cleaned up for this year. Not sure I'll have it rehearsed enough to record tonight but I can at least share the dots:

This may finally enable me to memorize the bass cleff. (Source: uncredited FB post)


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