A few weeks ago, I was browsing through a tutor that somebody posted online. I can't remember if I stumbled upon it here or in an archived discussion on the Banjo Hangout.

Anyway, I had made myself a mental note to check it out in the future, but I can't at all remember the name.

All I remember seeing was a piece called something along the lines of Mississippi River Boat.

Does this ring a bell?

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Was it a stroke style tutor or a "guitar style" (up-picking ) tutor?   One piece that comes to mind is Mississippi Bubble but it is not the sort of banjo solo one usually finds in a printed tutor.

I was wayyy off, but I found what I was looking for, https://archive.org/details/ArmstrongCrownBanjoMethod

The piece in question is Dance on the flat boat. And in A notation

Funny you should mention that one. It is already on the list. Armstrong was an excellent and tuneful composer, I almost always enjoy his pieces. I recently did "The Mountain Stream Polka" from that book and have several others from it on the "to do" list. IIRC, Joel has recommended this tutor for learning A notation.

I've got three pieces from the Langey tutor keyed in, ready to clean up and post (in C notation and Tab) and then I'll get back to the Armstrong. Of course, if you see something else you like...let me know and I'll put it on the list.

Here's "Dance On The Flatboat" by M. Louis, from the Armstrong Crown Tutor.

This is a very interesting piece, at least for me. Strongly reminds me of Louis M. Gottschalk's style. The intro and the final coda are very much in his style. Add a composer called "M. Louis"... If it isn't his, somebody wrote it with him in mind and pulled a switcheroo pseudonym. There are two other pieces by M. Louis in this tutor, "Harvest Moon Waltz" and "Cornflower Polka". I guess I need to work on them!


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