Buckley's New Banjo Method - 1860 (banjo tablature)

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For the first time ever in tablature, the complete set of 138 instrumental solos from Buckley's New Banjo Method from 1860! I have very meticulously transcribed every note of every instrumental solo and entabulated it for all 5-string banjos to play. When this book was printed, the banjo was tuned much lower and players read treble clef notation for the music. With this new tablature edition, anyone with a 5-string banjo can play it whether you're in a lower tuning for minstrel-style banjo playing or in modern C or G tuning. 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 James Buckley, 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! :)


Song list:

Main Book: 

  • Examples, Scales, & Chords
  • Exercises & Lessons
  • Ramsey’s Waltz
  • Matthew’s Waltz
  • Bill Newcomb’s Jig
  • Tom Briggs’ Jig
  • Leavitt’s Jig
  • The Bell Jig
  • Lincolnshire Jig
  • Stephen In Search Of His Mother
  • Solo Variations On Positions
  • Yankee Doodle
  • Price’s Waltz
  • Jig Hornpipe
  • Parker’s Best
  • Jig From French Quadrilles
  • Stop Jig
  • Bryant’s Jig
  • Rattlesnake Jig
  • Buckley’s, or Green Corn Jig
  • Fancy Dance
  • Boston Jig
  • Skiowa Jig
  • Joe Sweeney’s Jig
  • Jim’s Jig
  • Fairy Dance
  • Prince’s Jig
  • Harper’s Jig
  • Cane-Brake Jig
  • Philadelphia Walk-around
  • Parker’s Jig
  • Buckley’s Jig
  • Whelpley’s Jig
  • Hobson’s Jig
  • Buckley’s Danish Waltz
  • Spanish Dance
  • Campbell’s Jig
  • Essence Of Old Virginny
  • Raccoon Jig
  • Corn-husking Jig
  • Clark’s Waltz
  • Waltz With Variations
  • Varsovienne
  • Japanese Grand March
  • Tobacco Jake Jig
  • Money Musk Reel
  • Betsy’s Night-Cap
  • Arkansas Traveler
  • Harmonic Waltz
  • Rapahanock Jig
  • Violet Mazurka
  • Buckley’s March
  • Wild-flower Mazurka
  • Hail Columbia
  • Unsworth’s Giggle Toot
  • Marseillaise Hymn
  • Leavitt’s Polka
  • I’m Off For Brighton
  • Rail Road Polka
  • James Buckley’s Fancy Solo
  • The Tycoon Jig
  • Dan Bryant’s Waltz
  • Picayune Butler’s Harmonic Jig
  • Original Essence
  • Strawberry Girl
  • Ninth Avenue Jig
  • Land Of Canaan
  • Deacon Buckley’s Jig
  • Buckley’s Copenhagen Reel
  • Old Dan Emmett’s Waltz
  • Chuckle Jig
  • Leavitt’s Duff Polka
  • Leavitt’s Waltz
  • Leavitt’s Irish Jig
  • The Poor Wandering Boy
  • The Selim Smiter
  • Hard Times
  • One String Waltz
  • Spanish Waltz


Alternate versions in G tuning:

  • Matthews’ Waltz
  • The Bell Jig
  • Solo Variations On Positions
  • Yankee Doodle
  • Jig Hornpipe
  • Philadelphia Walk-around
  • Buckley’s Danish Waltz
  • Essence Of Old Virginny
  • Corn-husking Jig
  • Betsy’s Night-Cap
  • Unsworth’s Giggle Toot
  • Strawberry Girl
  • Land Of Canaan
  • Leavitt’s Irish Jig
  • The Poor Wandering Boy
  • The Selim Smiter
  • One String Waltz
  • Spanish Waltz


Violin Jigs, Reels, Schottisches, & Hornpipes:

  • R. Bishop’s Hornpipe
  • Jake Bacchus’ Jig
  • Doctor Hecock’s Jig
  • Dutchman’s Corner Jig
  • Gantz’s Jig
  • Gas Light Jig
  • Fisher’s Jig
  • The Major’s Jig
  • Butcher’s Jig
  • Firemen’s Jig
  • The Newton Jig
  • Power Of Music
  • The Sanford Jig
  • The Great Eastern Jig
  • The Pea-Patch Jig
  • Hall’s Jig
  • Aunt Sally’s Jig
  • The Jeffries’ Jig
  • The Bunch Jig
  • Empire Hornpipe
  • J. Mullen’s Schottisch
  • Dick Sliter’s Reel
  • Phil Isaac’s Jig
  • Jake Bacchus’ Reel
  • Gotham Jig
  • King Of All Reels
  • Bacchus’ Favorite Jig
  • Japanese Tommy’s Reel
  • Root Hog Or Die
  • New London Reel
  • Peel’s Jig
  • Bennet’s Favorite Reel
  • Simmons Reel
  • Camp-Town Reel
  • Connecticut Reel
  • New York Reel
  • Walk Round by Picayune Butler
  • Hoboken Reel
  • Buckley’s Favorite
  • Tullochgorum




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Buckley's New Banjo Method - 1860 (banjo tablature)

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