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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Only Time (2 Violins and Banjo)

So you still think that a banjo can only play fast and happy stuff? Here is something to bring you some tears in your eyes! Yeah thats pop banjo! Actually I do not listen to pop music that much but this is just one of the most touching melodies I have ever heard in my life. I came across this song on youtube and I was so amazed its beauty that I immediately cancelled all plans for this day and I started to write my own arrangement of this piece. It works so well on banjo and violin! After 3 hours it was done. The next day I recorded it. Everything is played by myself including the mistakes LOL! Please get me some comments. Picked on the HUBER BANJO.

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1 Violin performed and recorded by Violanjo
2 Violin performed and recorded by Violanjo
Banjo performed and recorded by Violanjo

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Jesse James (Fiddle and Banjo)

I decided to come up with a new version of JJ which features more variations. At first you hear the melody in half speed using double stops on banjo. Than I pick a standard bluegrassbreak in the key of G followed by a fiddle break in the same key. Now I switch back to the key of D and I pick the solo you might know from my old recording. To round it up I finish the song by using the double stop melody on fiddle. A tab of the break in the key of D is provided in the photo section on my account. Hope you like it. Picked on the HUBER BANJO.

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

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Black Orpheus (Fiddle and Banjo)

Well, its time to switch to another genre. Here is an attempt to play an old jazz ballad on the fiddle and the banjo. The challenge was to create a full sounding arrangement although I do not have a bass, piano and drums. So I decided to use some chord brushes for back up. The first solo is a scruggs style arrangement whereas the second break features single string and tremolo stuff. Hope you like my fiddling, too. Picked on the HUBER BANJO.

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

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Irish Picking and Bowing

Here is the “Violanjo Quartett”. For this medley he overdubbed 4 tracks (2 Violins and 2 Banjos).

Do you have time for 9 minutes? Here is a Medley of 5 traditional tunes: Cooleys Reel, Anthony Payne of Stratton, Silver Spear, Cuckous Nest and Harvest Home. Me on banjo 1 and on banjo 2, Myself on fiddle 1 and on fiddle 2. I wanted to imitate some Bodhran sounds so I used a droning triplet picking pattern in the backup banjo. Picked on the HUBER BANJO.

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Violin I and II performed and recorded by Violanjo
Banjo I and II performed and recorded by Violanjo

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Blackberry Blossom (Picking and Bowing)

Do you have time for 6 minutes? Here is my version of Blackberry Blossom. It is a standard piece but I have done some non standard things. It features a slow classical intro and ending and a bluegrassy middle section. Its me on both Fiddle or Violin and Banjo. Hope you enjoy. This recording is dedicated to all my friends on the BHO! Picked on the HUBER BANJO.

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

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