Hitchcock's Banjo Collection, 1887 (5-string banjo tabs)

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Here are 40 tunes from Hitchcock's Banjo Collection from 1887! The original collection was arranged by Frank B. Converse. These are presented in the finest tablature for your playing pleasure. The original book was published in standard notation for a lower tuning. I have transposed these a minor third up from the original book so they sit perfectly on a modern banjo in C tuning (gCGBD) or G tuning (gDGBD). These are a delight to play and come in a mix of stroke style as well as guitar style. Stroke style is very much like what we call clawhammer today. Guitar style is very much like classical guitar or fingerstyle playing. Here is the list of titles included:

  • May Blossom Polka
  • Blacksnake Reel
  • Highland Reel
  • Good Day Jig
  • Virginia Reel
  • Cobweb Reel
  • May Pole Dance
  • My Love Is But A Lassie
  • We Won't Go Home 'Till Morning
  • Auld Lang Syne
  • Irish Jig
  • Rocky Road To Dublin
  • Drops Of Brandy
  • 17th Of June
  • Arkansas Traveller
  • Jim Crack Corn
  • Ole Joe
  • Ree Row My True Love
  • The Campbells Are Coming
  • Devil's Dream
  • Seville Waltz
  • Edinburgh Town
  • The Young May Moon
  • Louisiana Belle
  • Daisy Waltz
  • The Cuckoo
  • Jenny Get Your Hoe Cake Done
  • Who's Dat Knockin' At De Door
  • Miss Genie Reed's Jig
  • The Red Rose Waltz
  • New York Jig
  • Camptown Races
  • The Peanut Gal
  • Butler's Jig
  • History Of De World
  • Clam Bake Reel
  • Rattlesnake Jig
  • Tom Briggs' Jig
  • Flat Boat Walk Around
  • Alligator Walk Around

There is also a folder of mp3s of my computer playing back each tune so you can hear how they sound while you're learning them. When I finish entabulating more from the original book, I will add them to this ebook. I hope you enjoy playing these!



v1.0 - 10/21/22, 20 tunes
v2.0 - 9/21/23, 20 new tunes

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Hitchcock's Banjo Collection, 1887 (5-string banjo tabs)

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