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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….

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Violin 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.

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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.

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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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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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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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New Camptown Races (Fiddle and Banjo) 

New Camptown Races has always been a favorite of mine. Now I have an own interpretation of this famous wakefield tune. This is me picking and bowing. Picked on the HUBER BANJO.

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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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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.

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

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I can see clearly now (Fiddle and Banjo)

Here is a new instrumental version of Jim Cliffs song. I was inspired by Bluegrass ETC, but it is still my own stuff. It is really hard to do multitrack recording, but I enjoy doing it. Picked on my japanese FAKE GIBSON.

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

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