I've done it before with fiddles somewhere on my playlist...there's 394 tunes in that list by now, so there's bound to be some reruns, hey...no time today, unfortunately...just time for banjo and Chihuahuas.
No time for a scratch track either...so I didn't keep the tempo where I wanted it...sped up some at some point or other. Plus...gave myself a lick to get started and plumb forgot to erase that part of it in the beginning...oh well...it's good I'm an amateur...lol...otherwise these would be unforgivable.
G Modal tuning. youtu.be/oNFnAlG0YTk?si=6Mu8bGKi3U91CUiE
Have a great day.
Edited by - groundhogpeggy on 09/29/2023 20:17:22
Falls of Richmond
Edited by - carlb on 09/30/2023 05:26:33
Thanks, Carl. I've heard it called "Falls of Richmond," and people tell me there is a falls somewhere along the James near Richmond. I know a lot more about Richmond, KY than Richmond, Va...lol...so who knows, not me...the poor ol' town has taken some tumbles too. I first heard the tune called Fall of Richmond and didn't really hear it called Falls of Richmond until recent years. but maybe i just have old ears...lol.
Since I like controversy and poking beehives gonna have to throw in my 2 cents worth. I know nothing about the geography of Richmond but did a quick internet search and came up with some waterfalls in the Richmond, VA vicinity.
Forest Hill Park. 2.9 mi.
Maymont. 1.9 mi. 4.7 mi
Pocahontas State Park. 13.4 mi..
Belle Isle. 3.0 mi.
Pump House Park. 1.6 mi.
Joseph Bryan Park. 3.0 mi.
Aqua Living Factory Outlets. 2.8 mi
Assuming the list is correct and the closest one is 1.6 mi from the city just where are those Falls of Richmond anyway?
Edited by - RichJ on 09/30/2023 06:59:56
Also a fiddler and banjo player and a Treasure of Virginia
First Frost on the Sandston Falls (Falls of Richmond) 24" x 60" oil on canvas
Somewhere along the line I heard the tune was named for the falls around Richmond Kentucky. Maybe a Diller interview? It made since to me since the Hammons brought a lot of music from KY to West Va and I'm not aware of any similar tunes in the upper south/east.
I don't think Diller agreed with Jabbour on the history of these things
The Hammons migrated up to WV from Whitley Co. KY...our old home spot, just on the TN border and far away from any falls near Richmond, Ky. They probably would've been more familiar with Eagle Falls or Yahoo Falls or even Cumberland Falls, the big one...Niagara of the South they call it. So...I don't know what to think of the history of the tune...I just like it...lol...that's all I know. I continue to call it Fall of Richmond mainly because that's what I first heard it called and you just don't teach an old dog new tricks.
Originally posted by groundhogpeggy
...and you just don't teach an old dog new tricks.
Oh yeah, I'll bet I can find a couple of chihuahuas who learn new tricks every day. lol
I don't have much of an argument... other than that I think it's a unique tune and someone said in an interview it came from Kentucky. I think I heard another person relate it to Richman Falls in West Virginia. Very nice banjo playing there.
Here's a historical marker about the actual "falls" on the James River: hmdb.org/m.asp?m=133702
Its a little upstream from the site of the Tredegar Iron Works, where canal water also powered a flour mill and woolen mill, which is also the site of the Richmond Folk Festival.
My great grandparents emigrated from the namesake Tredegar in Wales in 1858, with their three year old daughter and an infant daughter, on a packet ship from Liverpool with 300 passengers. They settled in Covington, KY where my grandmother was born in 1870.
I have no idea what the title of the tune refers to, and actually wouldn't even recognize it.
Love that banjo.
Rich, yeah but our Chihuahuas aren't that old...still not even old enough to drive.
Whahahaha they actually match your playing my dog does that too - I swear they have sense for it and now they got my dog barking as well middle of the night lol.
All I have to do is get an instrument in my hand and the barkin' and yappin' starts right away...lol.
Your pups and the banjo are in perfect tune Peggy! Love this tune, think I’ll have another cup and listen to it again, great job my friend!
I know, I thought the pups were really adding to the soulful mood of the tune! Love those modal keys…enjoyed listening to banjo.
Once I had slaved over a Bach on classical guitar and I was recording it…it was going gorgeously, I was excited, thought this was the The Take…
and then my daughter nearby opened a bag of potato chips and started crunching on them! Bach and crunching chips don't go together as well, haha!
Edited by - NCnotes on 10/01/2023 07:49:29
Thanks, Loy. Enjoy that coffee and hope your day is good.
NC...hmm...Bach and tater chip crunching...that's an aweomely avant garde notion that could bring you wealth and fame!
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