The Spangle Hornpipe

By Frank B. Converse, from his 1886 Analytical Banjo Guide. Very ‘classic style’ in flavor, but has a lot of hammer-ons and snaps that are not usually found in that later style. This piece sounds equally nice on a fretless, minstrel style banjo and a more modern fretted one.

What Is This?

Long before jazz, old-time, or bluegrass, the banjo was associated with very different musical styles, now largely forgotten.

The music on this site is taken from (or inspired by) period sources from the 1800s through the early 1900s.