Category Archives: Compositions

A Foggy Day in Bavaria

This came to my mind when I was looking out the window this morning…Have guess which tuning it is….

Composed by Violanjo
Banjo performed and recorded by Violanjo
Violin performed and recorded by Violanjo

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2 Worlds (Violin and Banjo)

I came across Tom Adams “Lowlands of Holland” recently, and so I had the idea of composing a piece featuring the c-minor tuning. The piece is called 2 Worlds because you find stylistic elements of bluegrass and classical music. Basically my picking here is a kind of melodic style picking but there are also some Fleck like picking patterns in the backup for the violin. As usual both parts are played by myself. Tab and lead sheet of the violin is ready for email. Picked on the HUBER BANJO.

Composed by Violanjo
Violin performed and recorded by Violanjo
Banjo performed and recorded by Violanjo

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Rocky Creek (Fiddle and Banjo) 

Rocky Creek is the first fiddle tune I wrote. In contrast to most standard fiddle tunes this piece has 4 parts and a bridge leading back to the a section. The banjo is played mainly in melodic style except for part D which features single string stuff and irish style triplets. The fiddle part is a combination of classical and fiddle bowingstechniques. As this piece features similar stuff like the A part of Cripple Creek in its B part I decided to call it Rocky Creek. This piece can also be played with string orchestra accompaniment which sounds really great, but this version is not recorded yet. Picked on the HUBER BANJO. Hope you enjoy.

Composed by Violanjo
Violin performed and recorded by Violanjo
Banjo performed and recorded by Violanjo

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Horizons for Violin and Banjo

I guess you never heard something similar before?! This piece features the Bb-tuning. Sorry for some wrong intonation in the violin. It was quite challenging to record that as there are some tricky passages. I called this piece horizons as I want to pick “where no one has picked before”. Picked on the HUBER BANJO.

Composed by Violanjo
Violin performed and recorded by Violanjo
Banjo performed and recorded by Violanjo

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Prelude for Banjo (1 Banjo only)

Here is my Prelude for Banjo. I composed this piece in 2003. On this recording I use a big reverb to simulate a big concert hall. The piece is mainly about altering chords slightly and also about creating a line in all those notes. It seems to be easy but the hard thing is to let all notes ring as long as possible. Some notes seem to be delayed but this is done to emphasize those notes as melody notes. The hardest part is the end of the second half where you have to play some scales. Picked on my japanese FAKE GIBSON.

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Banjo performed and recorded by Violanjo

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Classical Breakdown (Violin and Banjo)

My composition Classical Breakdown features mainly scruggs style roll patterns and has a lot of harmony changes. The violin has some rhythmic patterns too, but mainly it plays long melodic lines over the banjo rolls. Picked on the HUBER BANJO.

Composed by Violanjo
Violin performed and recorded by Violanjo
Banjo performed and recorded by Violanjo

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