Valley Green Polka ( Thos J Armstrong) played on Clifford Essex Regal banjo by Jody Stecher.

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Comment by Jody Stecher on February 24, 2013 at 23:01

There was talk here recently about Thomas J Armstrong. Here's a fair to middlin' rendition of one of his banjo compositions, "Valley Green Polka". This was published in 1896 by S.S. Stewart. It's a simple tune musically but technically not-so-very-easy. I deliberately am handling the repeated notes on the first string in the "trio" F major part in different ways, just to see what works best. I'll post the dots soon.

Comment by thereallyniceman on February 25, 2013 at 8:52

C E Regal....  oooohh I want one!

Very nice Jody. It is quite a while since we saw a video from you and this is better than "fair to middlin'". Very good indeed, as we would expect from you.

Thank you for posting!

Comment by Alan Sims on February 25, 2013 at 12:43

that is a nice tune .Lush banjo to , i had stars in my eyes. By the way Jody is that your transcribe in the acoustic mag .

Comment by thereallyniceman on February 25, 2013 at 14:07

I have now uploaded the score of "Valley Green Polka" to the MUSIC LIBRARY for free download.

Comment by Jody Stecher on February 25, 2013 at 15:12

Thanks, Ian and Alan. Alan, I don't understand the question so for now I guess the answer is "maybe".

Comment by Alan Sims on February 25, 2013 at 17:43

I was in smiths the other day to buy the acoustic guitar mag but realized i had no money on me , but i glanced in the mag anyway . The  guitar tune i think was called little willy .

Comment by Jody Stecher on February 25, 2013 at 20:15

I made some guitar videos for Acoustic Guitar magazine last year or maybe the year before. Little Willie, a traditional song,  was one of them. Maybe in the latest issue they published the dots and/or a tab of my guitar solos or the accompaniment to the singing.  I wasn't aware of it. 

Comment by Leslie Evers on February 26, 2013 at 20:32

Such a pretty tune. Never thought I'd say this but I may be on my way to appreciating the polka!

Comment by Jody Stecher on February 26, 2013 at 20:48

Leslie:  just wait till we get to Cupid's Arrow, a "concert polka", whatever that is.  Everyone else: Leslie is my banjo student.

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