But, anyway, the activity around the new banjo seems to have inspired three new tunes, so far. The first tune I wrote, I named “The Unaka Bounce” and it has a very catchy melody almost western swing-like in progression. The second has a recurring melodic theme repeating through the basic 1, 4 & 5 chords with an interesting “B” part that has a V of V chord resolving back to the V chord. I’ve named this one “I’m Goin’ to the Jam” and the third and latest tune is a lightning fast one I’ve named “Fred’s 5-String Breakdown” which is basically all over the neck in a great big hurry.
When I add the banjo tunes I wrote last year, i.e. “Blue Ridge Pines” , “Shake and Bake Breakdown”, “The Rheatown Ramble”, “Mountain Fairies” and “The Chuckey Pike Breakdown”, it gives me a great start for the original tune portion of volume two of my banjo book I’m working on.