The Frank Bradbury´s banjo tutorial is a really nice book for learning the classic fingerstyle. It has lot of nice exercises and tunes like this one and it's pretty awesome how they mix with these really old cartoons.

This movie is called "I'm insured" from Harry Palmer (1916) and you can find the complete movie and the original score here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMZpb...

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Comment by Richard William Ineson on July 3, 2021 at 8:31

A jolly tune, nicely played, well done. I also liked the film.

Comment by German David Patarroyo on July 3, 2021 at 18:16

Thank you Richard. It´s a good way of blending old time hobbies

Comment by Joel Hooks on July 3, 2021 at 21:16

Nice!  This piece was ripped by Bradbury from a piece titled "Old Pennyroyal" by Si Stebbins which can be found in the "Excelsior Method for the Banjo" by George Lansing.

I am slowly finding all of the orignial pieces that Bradbury took from for this book.

Comment by Joel Hooks on July 3, 2021 at 21:16

Nice!  This piece was ripped by Bradbury from a piece titled "Old Pennyroyal" by Si Stebbins which can be found in the "Excelsior Method for the Banjo" by George Lansing.

I am slowly finding all of the orignial pieces that Bradbury took from for this book.

Comment by German David Patarroyo on July 3, 2021 at 21:24

Wow!! I didn´t know that, Joel!!!

I´m not so familiarized with other books but I figured out something similar with one of his basic exercises. There is one pretty similar to Grimshaw´s beginner exercise 12.

Comment by Joel Hooks on July 4, 2021 at 13:58

I am a special kind of nerd.  I’m not sure anyone is that familiarized with the other books... or that they even should be.

Comment by Trapdoor2 on July 4, 2021 at 17:44

"Old Pennyroyal" sounds suspiciously like an old fiddle tune. I'd look in either Ryan's Mammoth collection or O'Neill's for the tune.

Well played, neat to associate it with a silent cartoon. Thanks!

And, of course, Joel is our kind of nerd. Wouldn't have it any other way.

Comment by Jody Stecher on July 4, 2021 at 18:58

Joel, after looking in your Internet Archive collection and in the tutor collection here I am finding an Excelsior Method but it's by White, not Lansing. And the table of contents does not contain Old Pennyroyal.  Please advise!

Comment by Joel Hooks on July 4, 2021 at 22:50

Hi Jody, different Excelsior Method... the one I am referring to is this weird book that could not decide if it wanted to teach in A or C notation.

https://archive.org/details/excelsiormethodf00lans/page/42/mode/1up

Then at some point it gives up on A.  It also has a section on pick playing.

Comment by Jody Stecher on July 5, 2021 at 0:36

Thanks, Joel. I knew you'd have the answer. Special Nerdology to the rescue. Ooh! I like this, especially in F. The snaps are especially nice. I wonder why it is indicated to pull from fret 14 with the 4th finger to fret 12 which is played with the index. Why not the third finger?  

Marc, I think you are pointing in the right direction. I had a look in Volume 1 of Kerr's Merry Melodies For The Violin  in the section on Country Dances. I haven't found this tune or the title Old Pennyroyal but I sure found a lot of tunes with similar structure. 

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