Breaking Up Ice In The Allegheny
played on banjo by Neal "Pop" Collins and recorded by family members in Boyd County, Kentucky at various times during the 1970s G Position (gDGbd) tuned down one and one half steps to E standard (standard always being concert pitch)
Ruben Cornelius Collins (1891-1980) was known early as Neal by family and "Pop" later in life His playing style has been described as 3 finger up-picking He was using light weight metal picks years ahead of the practice becoming popular in the late 1940's He adhered to strictly playing the melody, even behind vocals A distinctive of his playing was the plucking of open strings with his left hand along the neck of the banjo, which he referred to as "double noting"
For educational purposes only
Collins, Neal "Pop", “Breaking Up Ice In The Allegheny,” Berea College Special Collections & Archives, accessed June 4, 2023, https://soundarchives.berea.edu/items/show/7696.