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majesty

Canada
223 posts
since 3/20/11

08/12/2017 14:07:29 View majesty's MP3 Archive View majesty's Photo Albums View majesty's Blog Reply with Quote

If 12 tenor , and 2 plectrum banjo players plus a Tuba in a group were asked to play " Amazing Grace" how would they play it? Your challenge of the week.

jazzbanjo

United States
107 posts since 1/7/11

08/14/2017 07:30:36 View jazzbanjo's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Probably in 3/4 time.

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Omeboy

United States
935 posts since 6/27/13

08/14/2017 08:20:33View Omeboy's MP3 Archive View Omeboy's Classified Ads View Omeboy's Photo Albums View Omeboy's Blog Reply with Quote

Probably in a nursing home.

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majesty

Canada
223 posts since 3/20/11

08/14/2017 08:59:49View majesty's MP3 Archive View majesty's Photo Albums View majesty's Blog Reply with Quote

Thanks for replying, John and Omeboy. This hymn is usually played  in 3/4 and 4/4 time, but groups sing it in 3/4 time. Mumford & Sons played it in 6/4 time.( bluegrass style) The hymn is so slow that a banjo band with several rhythm players presents a challenge to make the hymn sound good. My options seem to be: create harmonies for the melody players and silence the rhythm section, or have the rhythm section play slow arpeggios on the chords, or play straight 3/4 time on chords without accenting the first beat of each bar. Since this is a 4 string banjo forum, I thought it might create some discussion,  but maybe not. As a solo, there would be lots of tremolo on chord melody, but little rhythm. Jim

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jazzbanjo

United States
107 posts since 1/7/11

08/15/2017 16:33:33 View jazzbanjo's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

I tend to create a counter melody or play chord tones during the spaces in the melody when doing back-up.

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