As I count the days past my due date (just two days overdue at this point...) I'm keeping busy doing the custom lessons that I warned people I may not have time to do if the baby arrived early or on time. Lucky for these people the baby seems like he's pretty comfortable right where he is, so I might have time to get those last five songs on my list finished...
- Beautiful Star of Bethlehem (I) Watch clip. - This is one of my favorite bluegrass Christmas tunes and very possibly the first one of a second volume of Christmas custom lessons.
- Fox on The Run (I) Watch clip. - I'm pretty surprised it took so long for someone to ask me to do this popular song. In the lesson I give you what Bill Emerson played on the Country Gentlemen's recoding of it.
- Glendale Train (Backup in D) (A) Watch clip. - People are always wanting more backup stuff. So here's some backup in the key of D. It's not easy, but if you're ready for it, it's really useful.
- Long Skinny Lanky Sarah Jane (I) Watch clip. - This is such a funny song that Ralph Stanley recorded. The break is very straightforward Stanley style.
- Lorena (A) Watch clip. - One of John Hartford's signature songs. He didn't write it, he just played it a lot. This is what he played on the "Gum Tree Canoe" album.
- Love is A Rose (I) Watch clip. - The second Linda Ronstadt song to be added to the list. There's a banjo on her recording of it and this is what he plays.
- Mole in The Gound (I) Watch clip. - This is an old-time tune I was only passingly familiar with until Marty Bacon asked for this lesson. Played in drop-C tuning it has a nice drive to it.
- These Thousand Hills (I) Watch clip. - This is from a Christian band called Third Day. Goes quite well on the banjo, even though their recording is all electric guitars and drums and stuff.
All these can be ordered from my website. $30 each.