Same tune, played fingerstyle.

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Comment by Jody Stecher on July 25, 2012 at 1:56

I still can't picture a polka being danced to this. It sounds more like a eccentric clog than like a polka.  Did "polka' denote something different in the 19th century than it does now?

Comment by Tim Twiss on July 25, 2012 at 2:18
I guess it means about as much as calling some of those tunes "jigs".
Comment by thereallyniceman on July 25, 2012 at 6:59

Thanks Tim,

It is very interesting to see the tune played in the different styles. Watching the right hand, when you play Classic Style your hand does not flail about as much as it seems to in your first video. Which style feels most "comfortable" to you when playing?

When I play a piece in Classic style my right hand remains  almost fixed with only the fingertips moving. I find it very difficult moving the hand around as you do in  Polka version 1!

ps. I agree with Jody.. That's an unusual sounding polka!

Comment by Tim Twiss on July 25, 2012 at 10:57

Thanks Ian and everybody for listening to this little edition of "Early Classic Banjo". I'll be back with the Luscomb.

PS...both styles feel about the same to me.

Comment by Mike Moss on July 27, 2012 at 9:55

Very nice! I like both versions but this one does seem to nail the rhythm a bit better than the first. Definitely a very interesting tune.

Comment by Trapdoor2 on July 27, 2012 at 14:57

Very cool to have two to compare. Both are excellent...but I think I like the softer tone of the stroke-style one. I like the strummed chord in the stroke style version much better than the plucked chord in the fingerstyle. Thanks Tim!

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