By Joe Morley. Includes trick playing with "donkey" sound effects. Played classic style on a Eastman Whyte Laydie banjo with Labella no. 17 nylon strings and...

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Comment by Jody Stecher on July 14, 2014 at 8:25

Excellent! that was the best timing of the donkey parts I've heard. Having recently been in the vicinity of a donkey I can vouch for similarity between the banjo sound effects and the real thing. It's all in the timing.

Comment by Joel Hooks on July 14, 2014 at 10:45

Thanks Jody, this one is fun to play.  I'm not so sure that it is a good piece for non banjo people.

Comment by Jody Stecher on July 14, 2014 at 11:40

Because it suggests that banjo music is comic?  It could work the other way. They might be attracted by the comedy and then notice the musicality.

Comment by Joel Hooks on July 14, 2014 at 13:19

I don't know.  It just has not gone over that well with folks.  It might be confusing musically to non banjoists, jumping here and there.  I like playing it, but it is kind of a show off piece.

Comment by Trapdoor2 on July 14, 2014 at 16:03

I agree that it might be confusing. So many non-banjo people simply get lost after the first few bars if it doesn't have a strong and repetitive melody. I play "Banjo Oddity" and end up explaining the "pop-goes-the-weasel" & "Three Blind Mice" connection to adults. Most kids get it right off.

I like yer rendition, Joel. You've come a long way!

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