Pete Seeger, Darling Corey (“Darling Corey”). Dock experienced somewhat of a religious conversion in 1942, gave up his Dock Boggs, Country Blues (“His 12 Original Recordings”; “Dock Boggs”). "Boggs is a good example of what makes for greatness in a folk artist. And, "Down South Blues" - Alberta Hunter, acc. The banjo tuning, f#BEAD, used by Dock Boggs, Hobart Smith, and Kyle Creed, is sometimes called the "Cumberland Gap tuning". Hobart Smith, Cindy; John Greer’s Tune; Soldier’s Joy (“Hobart Smith of Saltville, Va.”). Pete Steele, Little Birdie (“Pete Steele: Banjo Songs & Tunes”). Catalog Number. Catalog Number. Notes: Dock Boggs' "Sugar Baby", from his original 1927 recording. (Without retuning from open-G, one could play along with this & get the main idea, although not the “atmosphere”, by capoing at the 3rd fret & leaving the 5th string at G.) Apparently Troxell learned the song from Retta Spradlin, although making it (remarkably) his own; see under gDGBE . Kentucky, and later for future Kentucky Governor Bert Combs. B.F. Shelton, Darling Cora, 1927 (“Music of Kentucky Vol 1″;”Old Time Mountain Ballads”). A "Dock Boggs" D tuning Though there are more recorded examples of this tuning in the Dock Boggs canon than I've found elsewhere, Dock clearly didn't "invent" it. songs), and his own brothers and sisters, particularly his brother Roscoe, Land Norris, Charming Betsy (“Mountain Banjo Songs and Tunes”). To determine what the normal – standard tuning is for a variety of instruments. Tommy Jarrell, Reuben (“Come and Go With Me”). Ken Perlman, Billy in the Lowground (tab in in “Clawhammer Style Banjo”). Mike Seeger, Little Betty Ann (“Music from True Vine”). Morgan Sexton, Little Frankie; John Henry (“Rock Dust”). Seven wire-strung courses tuned in “old” Lute tuning, plus 8 open bass strings on a harp frame. where two men from New York and another from Ashland, Virginia were In this case, modal tunings can be used. Stu & Gloria Jamieson, What Shall We Do With the Baby-Oh? Dock made numerous appearances through the mid-sixties. Another similar modal tuning is D-A-D-A-D-D from low to high respectively. Seeger uses the “E” as a melody note, very effectively. Since it is highly likely guitarists will need to play minor chords as well, open tunings must be adapted to allow this by lowering the pitch of one of the strings forming the open chord by half a step. Dock Boggs, Cumberland Gap (“Dock Boggs Vol 3”). When he was a toddler, the aEGBE). Dock Boggs Sugar Baby TUNING: gDGCD KEY OF D, TablEdited by Tony Trischka ©2009 Artist Works, inc Page 1 / 2 4 4 Released in 1927 0 I 0 M 0 T 0 I 0 M 3 M 3 0 0 B M 0 T 3 M 3 0 0 B M 0 T 4 0 M 0 I 2 Po T 0 3 T 0 T 0 0 M I 0 T 0 T 0 0 While Dock Boggs was familiar with the clawhammer, or "frailing" style, he typically played in a style known as "up-picking," which involves picking upwards on the first two strings and playing one of the other three strings with the thumb. possibilities of the virtuoso banjo tradition, but his style is unique REFRAIN: Oh my babe, woman babe. John Herrmann, Dirk Powell, Rosalee McFall, in E (“One Eyed Dog”). This allows the guitarist to easily create the very harsh dissonance of the minor second. Rick Abrams, Little Nell, fiddle tuned GDAD (“Piney Creek Weasels: Squirrel Heads & Gravy”). Excerpts from Interviews with Dock Boggs, Legendary Banjo Player and Singer. At any rate, it sounds to me as if Dock is using the Open-C on these songs). Chords: D/G/Bm. On a six string guitar, the tuning is modified to B,E,A,D,F#,Bb tuning takes B Standard on either a six or seven string guitar down a semitone (or half step). I’ve a note that Fred Cockerham may have used this tuning, but no reference. Dock Boggs, Cuba; Prayer of a Miner’s Child (“Dock Boggs Vol 3”). For example, guitarists such as Trey Azagthoth of Morbid Angel fame has utilized this on seven string guitars. 2nd, 3rd and 4th, “A”, “D”, and “F#”, are octaved), “new” tuning (Virdung ca. SOLO. gFAbCEb. Reed notes that the banjo on which he recorded the tune “belonged to the ‘Cox’ family of Hillsville VA…It was tuned to dADAD when found so it stays in that tuning.” (Communicated to Banjo-L by Jeff Chumley, 23 March 97). Myers, a sometime-songwriter, who owned a music Gene Brown, Blackberry Blossom (Tab, BNL, Jan 1983). Tuning is G-modal, though Dock uses it for the key of D. The guitar accompaniment is in D-major, which sounds really cool against the modal banjo melody. Dock Boggs - Luister naar Dock Boggs op Deezer. E. E. Boggs, father and Dock Boggs, Napoleon Boggs (a nephew), and Lee Hunsucker (ca 1915) SIDE A, BAND 1 MIXED BLUES: "Well, the 'Mixed Blues', it's my own Composition. Roscoe Holcomb, Little Birdie (“The Music of Roscoe Holcomb & Wade Ward”). Please see the, Guitars & Stringed Instruments – General Information, Care & Feeding of a Wooden Musical Instrument, Identifying Vintage Guitars, Banjos & Mandolins. I suggest tuning it like a Cittern, as the descriptions of it’s sound from period Ms. would seem to indicate a “5th” relationship tuning. "Dock" Boggs was born February 7, 1898 in West Norton, Virginia. The tuning result is (from low to high) Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, Bb, Eb. W. Guy Bruce, setting Art Rosenbaum, Shady Grove (Tab, BNL, Dec 1982). REFRAIN: Oh my babe, woman babe. George Gibson, considering this a variant of the open-D tuning, mentions that his father used it for Frankie and Albert, holding down the 2nd string at the 2nd fret and the 3rd string at the 3rd fret. 2:38 PREVIEW ... About the Name "Dock" 15. Virginia. ), G D G D (in bass range. “Mr Keaton was listening to the tune on a cassette recorder one day at work when a co-worker, who was black, asked him its name. Stecher seems to be playing it as a slide-banjo. Austin Harmon, John Hardy, tuned down to eAEAB (“Library of Congress Banjo Collection”. Oh, when my money you could blow, Lord, Lord . (There will be many more examples on recent minstrel-style recordings.). Matokie Slaughter, Big Eyed Rabbit (“Saro”). “Coal Miners Boogie,” sung by George Davis Listen to a lot of mining songs, and you can get the idea it’s all strikes and disasters, and indeed there have been plenty of both. Bertram Levy, A Shamrock in the Galax (“That Old Gut Feeling”). "I'm pleased to get a chance even to put on all the old songs I've got. ARCHIVED TOPIC: Prodigal son, Dock Boggs. Recorded May, 1923. Clyde Troxell, Wild Bill Jones (“The Troxell Brothers: Troxsong”). roscoe eventually switch to a different openback but im not sure what kind. Listen to Practicing and Timing for Record by Dock Boggs. laundry truck. To provide a reference for some odd tunings used on recordings from various artists. choosing. splurge on records or concerts and after selling about 100 records himself, The guitar is able to intonate in this radical tuning by slanting all the frets and the nut, and allowing each string its own bridge; and thus its own scale length. John Cohen, Buck Creek Girls, fretless bjo (‘New Lost City Ramblers: There Ain’t No Way Out’). Home / Music / Country / Country-Folk/Bluegrass / Old-Time/Appalachian Track. Dock's notoriety Her help is much appreciated. The “Shaving” tune was renamed by Fuzzy Mountain, via Claude Keaton, a guitarist & flat-foot dancer. reflects a consistent and rather melancholy personal vision in which even Senator Brock from Virgil Anderson, Miner’s Dream, in the key of E, aEGCE (“On the Tennessee Line”). New York to make phonograph records. J. D. Crowe, Reuben (“Lonesome Rubin: Tony Rice, Guitar”; tab, BNL, Jan 1988). Boatwright on guitar, Melvin Robinette on fiddle, and Charley Powers also music to buy his first new car. Burl Hammons, Singing Birds (“Shaking Down the Acorns”; “Visits”). Snuffy Jenkins, Lonesome Road Blues (“American Banjo, Scruggs Style”). Also, Dock would introduce interesting dissonances by playing in a D minor For Wade Ward’s “Half Shaved” tuning, see under eCGCD ). All Rights Reserved. However Art Rosenbaum has said that Chancey was playing in fCFCD (Tab, BNL, Dec 1982). Cathy Fink, Cumberland Gap; Miss McLeod’s Reel (“Banjo Haiku”). Altered tunings are tunings that don’t really reflect any specific chord name. In the tab above there are 13 f# on the fifth string and only two F (fourth string) and using the f# will bring a major feeling to the tune. 1”). In 1927 Dock's friend Hughie Roland persuaded him to go to the Norton Hotel 5th string used for melody notes. 56, Dock Boggs retired from the mines. a coal miner. and you caused me to kill a man, Caused me trouble, and you caused me to kill a man, Oh, now I'm in the jailhouse, got to do the best I can, … have them in memory of me." pressure from Sara, who felt strongly that his music and the kind of life Dock Boggs Sugar Baby Banjo Tab About Photos Mtgimage. “Sandy River Belle” tuning. When Dock Boggs plays his 2-/3-finger style he does not use the fifth string much, but when you clawhammer you use it much often. strings while picking an off-beat accompaniment on the first and second A versatile tuning examples of which can be heard in Choro de Saudade by Agustín Barrios and also in well known transcriptions of La Maja de Goya by Enrique Granados and Sevilla by Isaac Albéniz. Dwight Diller, Yew Pine Mountain “Just Banjo”). Dock played this tune on the banjo with the strings tuned to a dissonant chord that is resolved pretty often as you play it. Oh, love, oh love, oh careless love, Lord, Lord. Mike Seeger, Free Little Bird, fretless banjo tuned down to eAEAB (‘New Lost City Ramblers: There Ain’t No Way Out’). Stu Jamieson, The Cumberland Mountain Deer Chase (capo-2) ( “Banjos, Lamas & Bagpipes”). Mike gives his source as Lee Sexton, on ‘Whoa Mule’. B.F. Shelton, Dock Boggs, Hobart Smith, Stringbean, and Ralph Stanley have all recorded their own distinctive version. Records offered Dock a spot on WSB radio. Fuzzy Mt. Art Rosenbaum, Heavy Loaded Freight Train (Tab in “Old-Time Mountain Banjo”). March" with a technique which sounds like frailing, Dock is still using the Dock was proud of earning enough money from his Dick Weissman, Country Blues (“New Directions in Folk Music”). him performing eight songs as well as several hours of interviews. played in a different key to which the banjo was tuned, and he did not use Recorded July 27, 1923. The names of some tunings vary between genres, for example in Hawaiian Music, for slack-key guitar, an example would be the taro patch, or open G tuning, with strings low-high D-G-D-G-B-D. Rick Abrams, Abner’s Shoes, fiddle tuned GDAC (“The Piney Creek Weasels: Squirrel Heads & Gravy”). blues: Fred Geiger has commented to me (15 July 97) that this is the “most radical” Sonny Osborne tuning he’s aware of. But see also under f#BEAD). In the article accompanying the tab of Unger’s original composition, Ken Perlman discusses some features of the f#BEAD tuning & notes that Unger’s tune manages to avoid its usual cliches. Clyde Davenport, Sugar in My Coffee-O (“Puncheon Camps”). Nine. Dock Boggs has been a legendary figure in recorded American folk music since the early 1930's when such people as folklorist Alan Lomax, musicologist Charles Seeger, and artist Tom Benton first heard his old 1927 Brunswick record of Pretty Polly.. The Wandering Ramblers also use this tuning for Fred’s Little Satchel, on “Rambling & Wandering”; as does Dirk Powell on “If I Go 10,000 Miles”.) See Miles Krassen’s books, ” Clawhammer Banjo” and “Appalachian Fiddle”. Equivalent tuning is aCGCE (“Open-C”, raised 5th string). Boggs, especially on the later recordings, is often tuned a half-step or full step low. E.g. (last 6 are standard guitar tuning), A# B C C# D D# F F# G G# then E A D G B E (last 6 are standard guitar tuning), “Slide” Open A: low-high; E-A-E-A-C#-E (note that this tuning is identical to Open G tuning but with every string raised one step or two frets), Open Dm: low-high; D-A-D-F-A-D (Used on Opeth’s Ghost of Perdition), Open E: low-high; E-B-E-G#-B-E (use light gauge strings because three strings must be raised), F-Sharp Tuning low-high; F#-A#-C#-F#-C#-F# (Used only by Curtis Mayfield). youngest of ten children (four brothers and five sisters), his father began Andy Cahan, Hello Raccoon (“Old Five-String”). me the nerve," went to audition. Miles, Greensleeves (Tab, BNL, Feb 1985). Also sometimes used for D-centered tunes: e.g. contracts. John Les, Farewell My Home (adapted from Tony Ellis. It removes from standard tuning the irregularity of the interval of a third between the second and third strings. ", "Excerpts From Interviews with Dock Boggs," recorded and edited by Mike Seeger RBF Records RF 54, "The Folk Musician's Sourcebook" Written by Larry Sandberg and Dick Weissman Oscar Wright, Shaving a Dead Nigger (“Clawhammer Banjo Vol 3”). John Cohen says that “19th century banjoists wrote all of their music in A notation, although after 1870, they generally actually performed the pieces in the absolute key of C.”, Wayne Shrubsall, Do, Mr Boker Do (Johnny Booker) (Tab, BNL, Feb 1985). Year Released. Joel Mabus, Briarpicker Brown/ Spider Bit The Baby; Soldier’s Joy (“Joel Mabus, Clawhammer”). Dock allowed Mike to record Joel Mabus, Darling Corey, tuned to eCFA#C, key of C (“Clawhammer”). Art Rosenbaum, Texas Rangers, 3-finger picking (“Five String Banjo”). Dock George Gibson calls this the “Moonshiner” tuning, and says it’s good for songs like Knoxville Girl, as well as Moonshiner. TRY NOW. Listen to your favorite songs from Excerpts from Interviews with Dock Boggs, Legendary Banjo Player and Singer by Dock Boggs Now. When my money you could blow. Gary Davis, the Mississippi Sheiks, Dock Boggs, Chuck Berry, Charlie Poole and more. Bill Mansfield, Bonnie Prince Charlie, D-minor (“Root Hog or Die”). i love there styles of playing and am hoping to get close to there sound with the sears banjo. I'd Mentioned in Muller & Koehler’s “Frailing the 5-String Banjo”; no examples given. Emry Arthur on guitar. Sunday school in Hemphill, Kentucky where they then lived. Of the song’s origin, nothing is known; it was sung, unaccompanied, on the recording by 2 U. Ariz. graduate students. Dock's technique, which Seeger considered "a style possessed by no other recorded player," 1928 the band broke up due to differences in ambitions. Dock did not do any additional recording for Brunswick though. Tony Trischka, China Grove For You, D (“Bluegrass Light”). He played several songs in a lower D-modal tuning. Published 1976 By Knopf, "That Half-Barbaric Twang" Written by Karen Linn His style of banjo playing, as well as his singing, is considered a unique combination of Appalachian folk music and African-American blues. Classical guitarists performing known transcriptions are assumed to be using predetermined and carefully defined tunings. From Excerpts from Interviews with Dock Boggs, Legendary Banjo Player and Singer. Also known as “B Standard” or “Baritone” tuning, this tuning is a common tuning of seven-string guitars, which are tuned B,E,A,D,G,B,E (however this is just an extended version of E standard tuning). His parents named him Moran Lee after the one and only town doctor, Moran Lee Stallard, whom Dock's parents much admired. “The tune is played in the key of Eb and sort of toggles between Eb and its relative minor, Cm. any other player. roscoe took the resonator off his. Cluck Old Hen; Pretty Polly; Shady Grove; Little Sadie; The Cuckoo; East Virginia. His choice of repertory is not indiscriminate, but up in banjos again. "Mistreated Mama" - Sara Martin, vocal; piano acc. D variant: “John Henry”, “Dead Man’s” tuning, Roscoe Holcomb, Old Smokey (“The Music of Roscoe Holcomb & Wade Ward”).. Greg Jowaisas, Valley Forge (“Old Time Banjo Pieces”). Reed Island Rounders, Sugar Babe (“Wolves in the Wood”). Excerpts from Interviews with Dock Boggs, Legendary Banjo Player and Singer. brother-in-law Lee Hunsucker (a preacher who taught Dock many sacred A Tony Trischka C-tuning, lowered 5th string. John Hilston, Bonaparte’s Retreat (“A Tribute to Tommy Jarrell”). D G B E (re-entrant: 4th string (D) in higher octave similar to the ukelele. Bob Carlin, Old Sledge (“Banging & Sawing”). Don Stover, Footprints in the Snow ( “My Blue Ridge Memories”, w/Herb Applin, Red Rector, Art Stamper, Tom Gray, and Roger Williams). Bob Clayton, Bill Cheatham (Tab, BNL, Jan 1980). Pete Seeger, Cumberland Mountain Bear Chase; Hard, Ain’t It Hard ( “How to Play…”). Ace." guitar or piano, or anywhere else if you know where to go and get it, and Bob Clayton, Barlow Knife (Tab, BNL, Jan 1979). He’ll release it with a show at The Grey Eagle on Sunday, Nov. 27. This tuning is commonly used by metal and hard rock artists as it is two whole steps below standard tuning. I’ve no recorded example). gave up his hopes of playing thebanjo for living, and accepted his fate as It allows banjo players to play the tune in D, the same as a fiddler would, by extending the bass range of the instrument. This tuning can also be written as C-F-A♯-d♯-g-c. His sense of String Band”. Art Rosenbaum, John Henry (“Five String Banjo”). Hobart Smith, Last Chance (“Hobart Smith of Saltville, Virginia”). Dock Boggs, Coke Oven March; Ruben’s Train (“Dock Boggs Vol 3”). Dwight Diller, John Henry Blues (“Harvest: West. Dock Boggs, Pretty Polly (“His 12 Original Recordings”; “Dock Boggs”). Cathy Fink, New River Train (“Banjo Haiku”). Today, most old-time musicians prefer to use their bare fingers when fingerpicking rather than using the metal fingerpicks and plastic thumbpick that bluegrass … In the early 20th century, Polly was reimagined as a banjo song in the states, and has remained a favorite of fans of the five. mode and occasionally thumbing the fifth string tuned to F#. Hank Schwartz, with John Cohen, Banging Breakdown (“Old Time Banjo Project”). Dock Boggs, Sugar Baby (“Dock Boggs: 12 Original Recordings”; “Dock Boggs, Vol 2”). Dock appeared for a half-hour as Known both as “Wade Ward’s Fox Chase Tuning” and “Rufus Crisp’s Brighter Day Tuning”. This produces a cross between a G-chord (DGBD) and a D-chord (DF#AD). Often heard in this tuning: Cumberland Gap; Sandy River Belles; Stoney Point. Out of about 50 or 75 other musicians standing around in Radio Bristol 7,314 views Pete Seeger ( “How to Play…”) mentions this as among the tunings Rufus Crisp used. Pete Seeger, Jinny Git Around ( “How to Play…”). Art Rosenbaum, Little Sadie, from Hobart Bailey (tab in ” Old-Time Mountain Banjo”). Bill Ogden, The Wagoner’s Lad (Tab, BNL, Nov 1975). D modal tuning D-A-D-G-A-D is now encountered in Celtic music and contemporary music. With the market crash and the depression, folks didn't have money to Sonny said he conceived of this tuning in the studio when another tune was needed (‘Don’t ask me how I thought of it, it just seemed the right thing to do’). instrumental technique is limited in the perspective of the total It also includes a wide variety of fingerpicking techniques that were played by old-time musicians before Earl Scruggs developed his bluegrass style in the mid-1940s. O… Voir la présentation Sonny Osborne, John Henry Blues (“Bluegrass Instrumentals by the Osborne Brothers”). They fooled around, got into a fight . Dona Gum, Sugar Babe, capo 1, key of F (“Old Time Banjo Anthology, Vol 1”. Taj Mahal, Colored Aristocracy (“De Old Folks at Home”). surprised and pleased to be remembered and expressed an interest in playing The 10 additional strings of the Gibson Style U Harp guitar tuning listed above is noted as standard harp guitar tuning from the Gibson 1921 catalog – credited to Walter A. Boehm, “one of the most competent Harp-Guitarists in America”. George Stoneman, Sandy River Belle (“Clawhammer Banjo”). Walter Williams, Wild Horse (Stoney Point), tuned down one tone (“Library of Congress Banjo Collection”). Stu’s liner-notes tell us that one day he cornered Uncle Dave Macon backstage at the Grand Ol’ Opry and obtained the tuning for this song, along with some ‘handy hints’ – which Stu does not divulge. The disadvantage is that not all major and minor chords can be played with all six strings at once. 2015 - Second outing from these Ann Arbor MI blues bravehearts, recorded at home with acoustic guitars, slide guitar and mandolin. The tuning, going up in fourth intervals, is the opposite of fiddle/mandolin tuning, which goes (4th to 1st) downward in fourths, or upward in fifths. “Last Chance”/ alt. Notes written by Barry O'Connell. love to put them on so that when I'm gone why the young people they can Happy and play in the major keys – someone would offer him a drink or two, and BOOM – the bottom would fall out, and into the blues he would go. offering to record for them. Roscoe Holcomb, The Hills of Mexico (“The Music of Roscoe Holcomb & Wade Ward”). At the end of 1928, Dock was forced to move to Kentucky due mainly to some I only have this on a tape passed on to me by a friend; the original LP (“Jody Stecher & Friends: Snake Baked a Hoecake”) was recorded in 1974. Mike Seeger interviews Dock Boggs, a Virginia coal miner, banjo player and singer of old-time Appalachian mountain music and blues. Doc Watson, Rambling Hobo (“Memories”). Check out D Tuning by Dock Boggs on Amazon Music. Jane Keefer, Sweet Sunny South (Tab in BNL, Sept. 1989). Michael J. An open tuning has the strings tuned for an open chord without fretting. Bob Carlin, Bob Carlin’s Dream/ Briar Picker Brown; Tippy Get Your Haircut (“Where Did You Get That Hat?”). One to record an additional twelve sides with guitar The tune belongs to the “Last Chance” & “Rambling Hobo” group). Pete Steele, Coal Creek March (“Pete Steele”). 1st string fretted at 2 gives the Em chord. I don’t believe Frank George has recorded this tune, but versions of it may be found on: “The Fuzzy Mountain String Band”; The Bing Brothers, “Just For the Sake of It”; The Ill-Mo Boys, “Fine As Frog’s Hair”. Wade Ward, Peachbottom Creek, capo 3 to F (“The Music of Roscoe Holcomb & Wade Ward”). Rufus Crisp, Cumberland Gap (“Rufus Crisp”). The A is raised by a half step, while the D is lowered by 2 whole steps. and people surrounding it, was sinful. the mines was "Trapping." One time Dock's band played at a party for U.S. Lee, when Dock made his first records he used the name Dock Boggs. While Dock Boggs was familiar with the clawhammer, or "frailing" style, he typically played in a style known as "up-picking," which involves picking upwards on the first two strings and playing one of the other three strings with the thumb. Bob Carlin, Ninety Degrees, capo 2, to eEAEF# (“Banging & Sawing”). Art Rosenbaum, Frankie Was a Good Girl, key of F (Tab in “Old Time Mountain Banjo”). Dock was unable to raise the funds for the trip to Louisville. N.B. RCA Victor offered a recording date in June of A rather uncommon tuning, “hardcore” tuning is used by bands of hardcore, grindcore, and even some metalcore. They can be especially effective with droning open strings, and give “suspended” second or fourth chords: These tunings allow a guitarist to play an open seventh, ninth, eleventh or thirteenth chord. Brad Leftwich, Kitty Wells, tuned to eEF#BC# (“Say, Old Man”). Anthony Shostak, The Changeling. Dock died on his birthday, Ola Belle Reed, Boat’s Up the River; Doney Where You Been So Long (“Old Time Banjo in America”). If you change the “Little Birdie” eCGAD tuning up one whole step, except for the 1st string, this is what you get. Or aADAD . The Kimble Family, Gypsy Girl (“Pine Knots School Rowdies”). where as mike mentioned dock switched to his mastertone. Bruce Molsky, Wild Bill Jones (“Lost Boy”). In 1923 Dock began to hear recorded blues music which John Hermmann, Rosalee McFall, also tuned up to E, with Dirk Powell’s fiddle tuned BEBE (“One Eyed Dog”). gospel tunes sound pessimistic. Fred Cockerham, Frankie Baker (“High Atmosphere”, CD reissue only. Pete Seeger, All the Pretty Little Horses ( “How to Play…”). Folkways Records FH 5458, The Introduction to "Dock Boggs," recorded and edited by Mike Seeger Album. trouble with a corrupt local deputy sheriff, by the name of Doc Cox. George Gibson says he learned this tuning from Clay Engle of Knott County, who in turned had learned it from an old black man. In June of that year, Mike Seeger discovered Dock's whereabouts Kimble Family, Troubles (Sugar Babe), (“Carroll County Pioneers”). 3 Special”). Dick Weissman, Down in Denver (“Old-Time Banjo Modern Style”). Josh Woodward's MP3 Music Collection - All Songs While his Negro musicians by Dock Boggs. It was also around this same time that Dock became interested in playing Audio. Black Sabbath used this tuning on many of their earlier albums. Blanton Owen’s liner notes for “Old Originals Vol 2” say that the Virginian Stuart Carrico considers the Double-C tuning to be older than the Standard-C. (Stuart was born at the turn of the century.). The cycle of fifths put to very good use, I’d say.”. But see his tab for How High the Moon (BNL, Oct 1985; recorded source, “Fascinating 5-String”). Moran Lee "Dock" Boggs (February 7, 1898 – February 7, 1971) was an American old-time singer, songwriter and banjo player. Matokie Slaughter, Big-Eyed Rabbit; Sidna Myers, Shady Grove (both on “Clawhammer Banjo vol 2”). A few examples: Dave Macon, Way Down The Old Plank Road; Rise When the Rooster Crows (& many others). N.B. Molly Tenenbaum, Georgia Railroad (“And the Hillsides Are All Covered with Cakes”). Dock borrowed a banjo from the music Dock Boggs Sugar Baby TUNING: gDGCD KEY OF D, TablEdited by Tony Trischka ©2009 Artist Works, inc Page 1 / 2 4 4 Released in 1927 0 I 0 M 0 T 0 I 0 M 3 M 3 0 0 B M 0 T 3 M 3 0 0 B M 0 T 4 0 M 0 I 2 Po T 0 3 T 0 T 0 0 M I 0 T 0 T 0 0 A mando-cello will work here quite well). Tom Paley) consistently use Open-C rather than Double-C. Ray Stewart says it makes far better sense for The 8th of January and Turkey in the Straw than Double C. Tuned up to D, this becomes aDADF#, and as such has the name of “Quince Dillon’s High D”. buy.". Or dDGDD. George Gibson likes to play Shady Grove and Cumberland Gap in this tuning. A few examples: McKinley Asher, Shortnin’ Bread (“Library of Congress Banjo Collection”). Dock used many unusual tunings, tuning the banjo to suit his voice. Join Napster and play your favorite music offline. If you would like to use content from this page, see our Terms of Usage policy. Has a remarkably wide range, though it is difficult to achieve (the high b” makes the first string very taut such that it will break easily), and may not play well on an acoustic guitar (the low C is too low to resonate properly in a standard guitar’s body). Landcrab - Posted - 06/27/2016: 21:50:38 Blake Bamford (Boxcar on the hangout) wrote a book of Dock Boggs' music and has many tabs. Later he ran into that man again and learned that the tuning was an accident; the 5th string peg had been slipping. Dock recorded four sides in Chicago, for Myers, accompanied by See also under gA#FA#D. 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