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Briggs' Banjo Instructor - 1855 (ukulele tablature)

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Briggs' Banjo Instructor - 1855 (ukulele tablature)

Kyle Gray Young
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For the first time ever in tablature, the complete set of 56 instrumental solos from Briggs' Banjo Instructor from 1855! This is the world's first banjo tutor ever printed. I have very meticulously transcribed every note of every instrumental solo and entabulated it for all re-entrant ukuleles to play. With re-entrant tuning, this means that the strings aren’t tuned lowest to highest like on a guitar. Most ukuleles that you see are strung and tuned like this by default with the lowest pitched string being the third string of the instrument. If you have a soprano, concert, or tenor ukulele, you generally need to buy a special set of low G ukulele strings to get non re-entrant tuning. The 5-string banjo is also a re-entrant instrument which is something that makes these work on ukulele so well. I've also included a complete transcription of the instructions for how to play the banjo from the original book. There is an 11 page introduction with information about Tom Briggs, a brief history of the banjo, and my own personal observations and things that I learned while researching this project. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Enter a 0 in the price box if you'd like to download this for free! Donations are always appreciated too! :)

Song list:

  • Mary Blane
  • Old Dan Tucker
  • Dandy Jim
  • Old Jim's Polka
  • Dance, Boatman, Dance
  • Lucy Neal
  • Get Up In The Mornin'
  • Miss Lucy Long
  • O! Lud Gals
  • Rosa Lee
  • Old Johnny Boker
  • The Bones In The Barn Yard
  • Carry Me Back To Old Virginny
  • Who's That Knockin' At The Door
  • Dearest Mae
  • Old Dinah's Goin' To Town
  • Old King Crow
  • O! Pray Goody
  • Briggs' Reel
  • Ephraim's Lament
  • Walk Along John
  • Sebastopol Breakdown
  • Briggs' Corn Schucking Jig
  • Circus Jig
  • Camptown Hornpipe
  • Old 76 Reel
  • Lucy Long Polka
  • Walk Into The Parlor Jig
  • Money Musk
  • This Side Of Jordan
  • Fisher's Hornpipe
  • Philadelphia Reel
  • Carney Jig
  • Hard Times
  • Kick Up The Devil On A Holiday
  • Ethiopian Cracovienne
  • The Congo Prince Jig
  • Briggs' Jig
  • Briggs' Breakdown
  • Never Do To Give It Up So
  • Gentleman From The South
  • The Gal With The Blue Dress On
  • Turkey In The Straw
  • Jim Crack Corn
  • Going Over The Mountains
  • Alabama Joe
  • Old Joe
  • Spanish Gallopade
  • Jim Along Josey
  • India Rubber Overcoat
  • Pitch Burgundy Plaster
  • Keemo Kimo
  • Yankee Doodle
  • Jordan Is A Hard Road
  • Pop Goes The Weasel
  • Wait For The Wagon

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