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Wow, great playing Anthony. That must have taken some effort to learn.
thank you Carrie :) this piece is the most difficult for me but i really love this song now i need to improve on it :)
Rag Pickings is one of my favorite pieces of banjo music. Yes, it takes some time to perfect it. I've been playing it for the past few months and there are still some transitions where my fingers go to the wrong place.
There is an error in the notation in the sheet music. It occurs in the 5th measure of the first part (the first measure on line 3 of the sheet music). The F should be sharp. Listen to the recording of Fred Van Eps playing Rag Pickings. He composed the tune. You can hear the intended pitch. The C is correctly notated as C natural. The F sharp and C natural are part of a diminished chord.
Here is a link to the Van Eps recording
At the start of part 2 of the tune (the first measure of line 4 of the sheet music) it is made clear by the fingering indications and the string indications in the sheet music that the intended effect of quickly going from from D sharp to E flat is gotten by a separate finger stroke for each of the notes and also that the D sharp is gotten on string 2 rather than a fret below the E natural on string 1. . The effect is different from a slur gotten on one string. This can be heard on the Van Eps recording and can be seen on the Eric Stefanelli video on this website:
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