I have recorded this backup track at the tempo I usually play the piece. Feel free to use it for your practice sessions, recordings or live performances -- and if you have found this useful, please let me know!

This recording can be used as a companion for Thereallyniceman's tutorial: http://youtu.be/oJGrhQ4ZxPM

Here's a mediafire link to download the mp3: http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?tzda79w8qhd9wny

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Comment by thereallyniceman on May 11, 2013 at 8:27

Thank you Mike,

Great idea! The Sunflower Dance is one of  "the" Classic Banjo tunes to play... easy and effective and brought to light by an accompaniment.

For those who have not browsed the LEARN TO PLAY pages of this site:

There are a load of tutorial videos and free downloads and Sunflower Dance is featured there along with banjo set-up, tuning and  "How to Play" for beginner to more advanced levels.  Mike has also produced a tutorial on finger tremolo technique there too.

Great stuff Mike.

Comment by Alan Sims on May 11, 2013 at 10:56

Hi  Mike  thank you for taking the time to do this tune .It is a great idea . It is tune that try and play daily . I am sure other learners will enjoy >Thanks . alan

Comment by German David Patarroyo on May 11, 2013 at 15:41

Well Mike, you just have read my mind! Yesterday (before I connected to internet) I was thinking in putting a kind of accompaniment in order to improve my performance with Sunflower Dance, in the same way I am doing with the piano part (using a software) of Clematis Waltz. Therefore, this back up will be priceless for my daily practice. Thanks Mike!, and of course Ian for the tutorial!

Comment by Trapdoor2 on May 11, 2013 at 16:44

What a great idea! Last weekend I taught SD to a small group of students. I wished then that I had a recorded backup to work with.

Comment by Mike Moss on May 11, 2013 at 17:46

I'm glad to hear you guys like it! I'm constantly thinking about how 21st century tech can make our lives as classic banjoists easier, and I figured pre-recorded backup tracks would be well-received. If you have any requests for other tunes I'll eventually record backup for those, too.

Comment by Mike Moss on May 12, 2013 at 10:07

Here's a guy who plays it on the mando: 

What a brilliant performance, he really plays it as it was meant to be played and his rendition is very effective. I bet his mando arrangement would fit in great with a banjo band.

Comment by Alan Sims on May 14, 2013 at 12:03

Sounds really nice , I think it wold sound good on acoustic guitar . Any instrument in fact . Just agreat little  tune . I would all so like to request backing  track for skeleton dance , when you have time .Regards Alan.

Comment by thereallyniceman on May 14, 2013 at 12:19

Hi Alan,

I am sure that Mike could do a great job with his cyber orchestra!! But to keep you going, there is already a second banjo accompaniment available. Pat Stefanelli produced this for us some time ago.  It is a great and effective banjo piece Alan…  Good luck with it... how’s about a recording???  :-)

You even get a free French lesson from Pat during the count in!





Comment by Mike Moss on May 14, 2013 at 19:48

Hi Alan,

well I can hardly hope to top Pat Stefanelli, can I? I'll give it a shot though, I might try adding a cello banjo track or such. Thanks for posting the 2nd part to SD Ian, I've got her recording of the 2nd part for Whistlin' Rufus and it really helps to get a more complete sound. I'll be sure to rattle me bones this halloween.

Comment by marc dalmasso on May 15, 2013 at 5:34

Ian made a mistake ; if my remembers are correct ; she plays 1st Bj : Skeleton dance ,Queen of the ball , Gipsy dance , Kansas Jig and some others , too ;

So , the Mp3 "Skeleton dance_2nd banjo " is played by éric even  if the count is by Pat up to her own feeling ;

However , the back up track for " Whistling Rufus "  , i have posted somewhere , is played by Pat ;

Gonna see if i can find some 2nd banjos somewhere and post it in a video file ; it 's more simple  for the visu on the site

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