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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: I had a dream last night.


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banjopocolypse - Posted - 03/16/2009:  09:42:49


I was in a shop of Chinese Antiques, and there was an ancient chinese stringed instrument on display. I picked it up and it happened to be tuned in 5ths so I played Bye Bye Blues on it and at the end everybody clapped.


Edited by - Banjoman on 03/30/2009 09:53:27

Earls 5 - Posted - 03/16/2009:  09:44:47


Okee dokee .......

Job 33:4 - Zech 4:6

Compass56 - Posted - 03/16/2009:  10:19:42


That's a nice dream--and very do-able. So many of my dreams feature me doing things that I couldn't possibly do in real life.

Compass56 - Posted - 03/16/2009:  10:19:48


That's a nice dream--and very do-able. So many of my dreams feature me doing things that I couldn't possibly do in real life.

banjopocolypse - Posted - 03/16/2009:  10:24:10


You know, it almost sort of looked like whatever that thing in your avatar is!

Jaminbanjo - Posted - 03/17/2009:  05:49:01


That's a "Lap Steel" in his avatar I believe.

Austin
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NYCJazz - Posted - 03/17/2009:  11:09:54


It IS indeed a lap steel guitar. It's pretty much just strings and a pickup, tuned to an open chord played with a steel bar and fingerpicks. It's the toughest instrument I've ever tried playing.

Here's my former teacher, Roy Smeck, playing a Gibson lap steel back in 1936:

http://harmony.demont.net/interface...oy_Smeck.jpg


"Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone."

- Pablo Picasso

Compass56 - Posted - 03/17/2009:  12:37:43


Yes, it's an 8-string lap steel made by the one and only Jason Burns. (He makes wonderful instruments including some of the finest open back banjos I've ever seen.) Check him out at www.burnsrepair.com

NYC is right. Mine is indeed tuned to an open chord (though people tune their steels in all kinds of ways). My is in A6 tuning (F#, A, C#, E, F#, A, C#, E low to high) I use Tribotone tone bars and a Polytone Minibrute II amp from the mid 80s.

If you want to hear some great steel playing, check out Marian Hall, Noel Boggs, Joaquin Murphey, and Jerry Byrd from the historical past and Jeremy Wakefield, Bob Hoffnar, and Cindy Cashdollar from the present. These players are (for me anyway) the steel versions of 4-string banjoists like Narvin Kimbell, Don Vappie, Eddy Davis, and (of course) Cynthia Sayer. The inspire me with their talent and creativity almost as often as they make me want to hide my instrument under the bed for my lack of talent and creativity.

Tony


Edited by - Compass56 on 03/17/2009 12:45:54

Compass56 - Posted - 03/24/2009:  10:04:21


To sort of bring things full circle, I had a lap steel dream last night. I was playing steel in one of those classic Bob Wills bands back in the 30s or 40s. I was playing really well, and the band was killing! I think we were doing "Right or Wrong."

NYCJazz - Posted - 03/25/2009:  07:56:26


Lap steel is so difficult to play, I can't even do it in my dreams. My hat is off to you!

"Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone."

- Pablo Picasso

Compass56 - Posted - 03/25/2009:  09:34:13


Dear NYC:

I have a feeling that if you put a bit of time on steel (or any other instrument) you kill on it!

Compass56 - Posted - 03/25/2009:  09:36:09


By the way, I was killing on steel IN MY DREAM ONLY. In real life, I struggle mightily on that instrument (and most everywhere else).

NYCJazz - Posted - 04/02/2009:  12:54:42


If I didn't have a job, I might devote time to lap steel!

Don''t threaten me with love, baby;

let''s just go walking in the rain.

-- Billie Holiday

Compass56 - Posted - 04/02/2009:  13:15:05


Nathan, lap steel is such a great instrument for chord melody playing. With your tune knowledge, learning that instrument would not be a hard thing at all for you.

jhynakin - Posted - 04/07/2009:  18:52:45


I've heard you play Tony. Don't try to be so modest. Your very talented.

Compass56 - Posted - 04/08/2009:  17:51:48


Nathan, I know you studied under Mr. Smeck. Have you seen this video? Here, he kills on acoustic lap steel, uke, and 4-string banjo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqg1-kZxHHU

NYCJazz - Posted - 04/09/2009:  07:37:06


quote:
Originally posted by Compass56

Nathan, I know you studied under Mr. Smeck. Have you seen this video? Here, he kills on acoustic lap steel, uke, and 4-string banjo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqg1-kZxHHU





You betcha! I've got a dub of that off Roy's 16mm reel of most of his shorts except this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcQYt7xvA8M

From a Russ Columbo short called "That Goes Double". There's one that's not on YouTube where he does "Farewell Blues" in a 4-way splitscreen on banjo, uke, lapsteel and guitar that has been called the first commercial use of overdubbing.

There's another from 1932 of him playing "Little Grass Shack" on his steel Gibson that's just jaw-dropping.

I just noticed that these are available from Elderly on DVD.

http://elderly.com/videos/items/452-DVD102.htm





Improvisation is the ability to talk to oneself.
~ Cecil Taylor

Compass56 - Posted - 04/09/2009:  16:21:13


So please tell me about him. What kind of a person was he. What his general disposition?

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