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Africa Polka

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Africa Polka is a song I got from Turner’s Banjo Journal #10, a British magazine of sheet music from the 1880s or 1890s. I think it was a yankophile thing populated mainly with American music. There was a banjo fad going on in England, an early example of American folk culture crossing over to the top of the pops. It was similar to the way that Howling Wolf’s shows in Britain in the 1960s influenced the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton.

Africa Polka sheet music

I was playing with live dancing in mind. The part with just chords and no melody might be fun to jam over — the chords are C-G-G-C and G-D-D-G.

The guitar has a couple rattles. There’s a blooper note near the end that I am hoping doesn’t really affect anything. YouTube reencodes the original video to sound and look really bad.

This recording is hereby in the public domain.

Horace Weston’s Electronic Jig

I know this is obsessive, given that I’ve already done five, but I have two new versions of Horace Weston’s Old Time Jig, this time dated March 3, 2010. I thought I was done with this tune but I happened to play it at a slower tempo that was just right and magic happened.

The first of the two new versions is a straight acoustic recording from the mic on my laptop. The second is the same recording with an effect that gives it a electronic feeling. After all these straight acoustic recordings, it’s interesting to hear it with heavy processing.

The untreated naturalistical acoustic version:

The unholy electronista version aka Horace Weston’s Electronic Jig:

About the copyright on these recordings, I hereby put them in the public domain.

Egyptian Retreat on potato bug

“Egyptian Retreat” is another tune I got from Ellis’ Thorough School for the Six or Seven- Stringed Banjo (PDF). In this recording I play the 1st banjo part on the Fairbanks potato-bug mandolin I just got and the 2nd banjo part on my parlor guitar.

Here’s the sheet music for people who are inclined suchlike and accordingly:

My recording is hereby in the public domain. Do whatever you want with it.

bumper breakdown from Thorough School

“Juba Breakdown” is the first tune in Ellis’ Thorough School for the Six or Seven- Stringed Banjo (PDF). It’s a lot of fun to play.

This recording is 1:10 long. The tune would be a natural fit to connect segments in a larger piece like a radio play, so I have also clipped out shorter snippets to fit as needed:

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Here’s the sheet music for people who are inclined that way (I use the 1st banjo part):

I’m playing it in an anachronistic style, something along the lines of 1930s country, which it absolutely wasn’t.

My recording is hereby in the public domain. Do whatever you want with it.

Horace Weston’s Old Time Jig returns

Yesterday’s version of Horace Weston’s Old Time Jig was better than the day before, but it started weak and was emotionally distant. It needed a beginning and it needed fire.

So here it is, the fourth and (I hope) final recording.

It’s 1:43 long. It’s in A minor. The time signature is 2/4. The tempo is 173.


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To the extent possible under law, Lucas Gonze
has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to
Horace Weston’s Old Time Jig version 4.
This work is published from
United States.

Slightly on the Mash schottishe (2.0)

I have done a new recording of the 1885 schottishe “Slightly On The Mash”. You are welcome to reuse my recording in derivative works or upload it to other people. It is in the key of D. The time signature is 4/4. The length is 1:16.


<br /> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfuvmmmYtVA"><br /> <img src="http://soupgreens.com/audio/slightlyonthemash/LucasGonze-SlightlyOnTheMash.png" alt="Lucas Gonze playing Slightly On The Mash schottische" /><br /> </a><br />

This is the second recording I’ve done of this tune and the fourth post related to it. Other posts in the series: Slightly on the Mash; E. Pique revealed; E. Pique motherlode

Horace Weston’s Celebrated Polka (2.0)

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcJq2E1rb9I">[[[Link to video on YouTube]]]</a>

Here’s a new recording of Horace Weston‘s Celebrated Polka (sheet ♫), which I wanted to try a different approach to. The first one I did was classical style with rubato laid on thick. This new one is ragtime flavored.

It makes sense that that you could do either way, considering that Weston was part about European art music and part about American vernacular styles like minstrelsy. In his time people thought that the euro influence was automatically better, in our time it’s maybe the other way around (at least if you’re more into rock/blues/jazz/disco than classical) but this one guy managed to integrate them. And if this composition sounds more snooty highbrow euro than rube yank, keep in mind that it was written for banjo not guitar.

The main theme has a swirly mood like a lady getting dressed up to go out.

The second theme has colorful and daring harmony for that time and place.

The third theme is a jig, as in an irish jig.

And the last bit of the third theme would sound perfectly at home in a 1920s jazz or blues tune:

(Code for indexing into sections of the video courtesy Splicd.com).

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