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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: TOTW 05/06/2011 Walkin' That Pretty Girl Home


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maryzcox - Posted - 05/06/2011:  13:03:05



Back sometime in the 1980s when we were visiting West Virginia,old time fiddler, Lewis Wills, stayed at the Courthouse Inn in Elkins at the same time we did. He was taking an old time fiddle course from Paul Brown and he very kindly asked Paul if I could join the class one day .  Paul presented quite a few fiddle tunes that had been played by a Virginia fiddler named Luther Davis.  "Walking That Pretty Girl Home", & "Little Black Dog Gone Trottin' Down the Road" were two of them, although he presented several more.  He showed them on the old time fiddle and I taped them on a portable cassette player. cool



I learned several of them on the fiddle, but when I sold the fiddle, I missed playing the tunes--so worked out a couple of them on the banjo and showed my friend, Kay Van Treese, "Little Black Dog Gone Trottin' Down the Road" and "Walkin' That Pretty Girl Home" on the fiddle (she's a much better fiddler than I ever was) so we could play them together as a fiddle/banjo duet.



 We recorded "Walkin' That Pretty Girl Home" in 2001. 



I have to say that I originally learned several more tunes from the Luther Davis collection, but have forgotten how they went and all my cassette tapes have long since rotted and broken and only those two that were recorded are the only ones I can now remember. dead



However--I bet Paul Brown still has the whole collection and it would be worth searching through his recordings to see what other tunes he collected from Luther Davis as there were quite a few pretty ones. smiley



I did a google search for "Walkin' That Pretty Girl Home" and it brought up this CD :Seeger, Mike; and Paul BrownWay Down in North CarolinaRounder 0383, CD (1996), trk# 17



​Alice, Gail, & Sharon have recorded what sounds like a similar tune called "I Walked That Pretty Girl Home" in 2007. 



​I couldn't find any Youtubes of anyone playing this title--the closest I could come up with was this one called:



​Something Weird Why Girls Walk Home:



youtube.com/watch?v=Aa7yf9XtcJ...ture=fvst 



​Although the music is not at all the same--this silent clip from the flapper era even has a girl playing a banjo uke with girls dancing, changing car tires, and stripping to pantaloons at the beach. evil



​I went ahead and put my recording of "Walking That Pretty Girl Home" up on my music page here on BHO



banjohangout.org/myhangout/mus...p?id=2729



it should be on the jukebox too. 



​If you would like a free download of this MP3--visit my website 



maryzcox.com



and click on "Listen to Music"    I've set up the download function so you can download this MP3 for free until July 1st. 



I've attached a simple banjo tab for this tune that I worked out that follows the melody line fairly close. The banjo is tuned in open G (gDGBD) and its the kind of tune that would sound good on metal or gut strings.



Hope you enjoy it. cool



 





 




   

pammiec - Posted - 05/06/2011:  13:46:24



Thanks Mary!


vrteach - Posted - 05/06/2011:  13:54:19



Nice tune, I like it. There are a bunch of old time and popular tunes and songs with titles about walking one's sweetie home. One of my favorites is "Paddlin' Madeline Home", here done in 1925 by the Tennesee Happy Boys. There is a better version by Cliff Edwards. The "paddlin'" is OK, it's about canoeing one's sweetie home.



Odd video, although I enjoyed it too. Kind of racy for the BHO.


maryzcox - Posted - 05/06/2011:  14:03:27



quote:


Originally posted by vrteach




Nice tune, I like it. There are a bunch of old time and popular tunes and songs with titles about walking one's sweetie home. One of my favorites is "Paddlin' Madeline Home", here done in 1925 by the Tennesee Happy Boys. There is a better version by Cliff Edwards. The "paddlin'" is OK, it's about canoeing one's sweetie home.



Odd video, although I enjoyed it too. Kind of racy for the BHO.






LOL:) True--but I couldn't resist that little banjo uke :)


jamesd - Posted - 05/06/2011:  14:06:49



Thanks Mary,  this is a very catchy tune and I enjoyed your playing.   And thank you for making the tab available.  



Many thanks...


rinemb - Posted - 05/06/2011:  16:20:00



Mary, I came to like this tune from your old cd.  Thanks for the history of how you came to the tune.  Brad


Marc Nerenberg - Posted - 05/06/2011:  16:52:50



quote:


Originally posted by maryzcox




quote:


Originally posted by vrteach





Nice tune, I like it. There are a bunch of old time and popular tunes and songs with titles about walking one's sweetie home. One of my favorites is "Paddlin' Madeline Home", here done in 1925 by the Tennesee Happy Boys. There is a better version by Cliff Edwards. The "paddlin'" is OK, it's about canoeing one's sweetie home.



Odd video, although I enjoyed it too. Kind of racy for the BHO.






LOL:) True--but I couldn't resist that little banjo uke :)






Well, now I'm disappointed...I tried to watch the racy video, and all I got was a message saying:




The uploader has not made this video available in your country.


Sorry about that.


 


 


Darn!


 


Good tune though!


BrendanD - Posted - 05/07/2011:  01:12:13


Thanks for putting this up, Mary! I visited Luther Davis in 1979 and learned this tune from him, and it's always been one of my favorites of his tunes! Unfortunately, I rarely meet anyone who knows the tune except folks that also visited Luther, like Paul and Alice and a handful of other friends from that time. But maybe you've just started to give the tune the popularity it deserves.

By coincidence, Paul Brown is giving a little concert tomorrow night a few blocks from my house in Oakland, CA, accompanied by Kate Brislin and Heath Curdts! I'm looking forward to it; a (rare!) Paul Brown concert is always an occasion not to be missed!

blanham - Posted - 05/07/2011:  04:22:00



Thanks, Mary!  That's a sweet banjo/fiddle duet, and I like the sound of your hand tapping the banjo head.


LyleK - Posted - 05/07/2011:  06:18:12



quote:


Originally posted by BrendanD

I visited Luther Davis in 1979...





Speaking of which: well.com/~dmsml/group.html


BANJOJUDY - Posted - 05/07/2011:  06:43:24



Lyle -  Great picture of everyone - with more hair than you have now, for sure!



Mary - love that tune, but you know that I have to love that little movie with the banjo uke even more!  That don't make movies like that these days.



June 24th - I will be playing my banjo uke at the Really Bigger Banjo Show in ABQ - Wayne Shrubsall is the STAR, but he's invited some lower life species to help him - and I got invited.  Anyone want more.  Good time to come and visit ABQ - first the Folk Festival (June 17, 18), then the RBBS followed by some great swing band music on June 19.  If I didn't live in ABQ., I would seriously consider taking a week-long vacation n New Mexico.



EXCEPT - if you want to see Mary Z. Cox perform, come during Balloon Fiesta Week (Oct 7th our gal is performing).  Ask me, and I'll provide details.


maryzcox - Posted - 05/07/2011:  11:23:47



smileyquote:


EXCEPT - if you want to see Mary Z. Cox perform, come during Balloon Fiesta Week (Oct 7th our gal is performing).  Ask me, and I'll provide details.



Hello Judy--I think you'll do just fine with Wayne at the fester. cool Yes--we will be in Albuquerque in October--and hope to teach a banjo workshop too. It will be very hands on and fun too.



Judy is the most fun musician and personality in the state of New Mexico and it is a peak experience in my humble life to visit with her and her talented guitarist husband too. If you live anywhere near reasonable driving distance--please consider coming to our concert and workshop--even if you are an advanced player--you will be surprised at how much fun you will have--and everyone can always learn something. smiley Judy--I know you must have been busy with the Adam Hurt visit--and I was waiting until that passed before sending you on more info on the workshop etc.  Judy--a very sweet former banjo student of mine that moved to Tucson is talking about driving in for the concert and workshop--she said it is a very easy drive for her--she actually flew across country to see us at the Florida Folk Festival a couple years ago--so she said 300 miles is nothing to her. cool



Bob and I are busy trying to finish up the new CD and it will have some very fun tunes on it--a couple which may be fun for the workshop.  Please ask folks out there if they would be more interested in a "Creeping up the Neck Workshop" or a "Waltzing with Banjos" workshop--or both? If we do creeping--I'll use different tunes than we did last time to show the techniques. cool






 Also Brad--Bob and I are still looking at the map and calendar and I'll be getting with you soon about visiting you on the way home. Please also talk to your banjo buddies in Witchita and see what kind of workshop would be of the most benefit to them. We have lots of new tunes since I last saw you--it's going to be very fun.



I am updating my website and have put up a new section where I've salvaged pix of many of my banjos and many of my wonderful banjo buddies.  Brad--and Judy--be sure and take a look--your faces are up there. :)



Love,



Mary Z



maryzcox.com


J-Walk - Posted - 05/07/2011:  15:37:10



Good job, Mary Z. Yet another tune that I've heard several time (on your CD), but never paid  attention to -- until it was featured as at TOTW.



I've been playing it today, but transposed to C (using Double C tuning). It works well in this tuning, and has the added advantage of making it easy to play the B part either high or low, for variety.


gailg64 - Posted - 05/07/2011:  18:28:33



That's a sweet little tune! Just uploaded 2 examples on my Hangout home page. You'll have to scroll down, but they are: Luther Davis: I Walked that Pretty Gal Home; and a version with Alice Gerrard fiddling it with Sharon & me backing her up-labelled "Walked that Pretty Girl Home". Alice made the recording of Luther.


​G


 


quote:


Originally posted by maryzcox




Back sometime in the 1980s when we were visiting West Virginia,old time fiddler, Lewis Wills, stayed at the Courthouse Inn in Elkins at the same time we did. He was taking an old time fiddle course from Paul Brown and he very kindly asked Paul if I could join the class one day .  Paul presented quite a few fiddle tunes that had been played by a Virginia fiddler named Luther Davis.  "Walking That Pretty Girl Home", & "Little Black Dog Gone Trottin' Down the Road" were two of them, although he presented several more.  He showed them on the old time fiddle and I taped them on a portable cassette player. cool



I learned several of them on the fiddle, but when I sold the fiddle, I missed playing the tunes--so worked out a couple of them on the banjo and showed my friend, Kay Van Treese, "Little Black Dog Gone Trottin' Down the Road" and "Walkin' That Pretty Girl Home" on the fiddle (she's a much better fiddler than I ever was) so we could play them together as a fiddle/banjo duet.



 We recorded "Walkin' That Pretty Girl Home" in 2001. 



I have to say that I originally learned several more tunes from the Luther Davis collection, but have forgotten how they went and all my cassette tapes have long since rotted and broken and only those two that were recorded are the only ones I can now remember. dead



However--I bet Paul Brown still has the whole collection and it would be worth searching through his recordings to see what other tunes he collected from Luther Davis as there were quite a few pretty ones. smiley



I did a google search for "Walkin' That Pretty Girl Home" and it brought up this CD :Seeger, Mike; and Paul BrownWay Down in North CarolinaRounder 0383, CD (1996), trk# 17



​Alice, Gail, & Sharon have recorded what sounds like a similar tune called "I Walked That Pretty Girl Home" in 2007. 



​I couldn't find any Youtubes of anyone playing this title--the closest I could come up with was this one called:



​Something Weird Why Girls Walk Home:



youtube.com/watch?v=Aa7yf9XtcJ...ture=fvst 



​Although the music is not at all the same--this silent clip from the flapper era even has a girl playing a banjo uke with girls dancing, changing car tires, and stripping to pantaloons at the beach. evil



​I went ahead and put my recording of "Walking That Pretty Girl Home" up on my music page here on BHO



banjohangout.org/myhangout/mus...p?id=2729



it should be on the jukebox too. 



​If you would like a free download of this MP3--visit my website 



maryzcox.com



and click on "Listen to Music"    I've set up the download function so you can download this MP3 for free until July 1st. 



I've attached a simple banjo tab for this tune that I worked out that follows the melody line fairly close. The banjo is tuned in open G (gDGBD) and its the kind of tune that would sound good on metal or gut strings.



Hope you enjoy it. cool



 



 



 






 


BANJOJUDY - Posted - 05/07/2011:  18:41:55



Gayle:



I enjoyed playing my banjo along with your mp3 file, and then decided to check and see if it appeared in Clare and Walt's recent collection (American Fiddle Tunes) - and there it was/is - on page 701.  In the key of G.



 



Thanks for bringing this to the Tune of the Week, Mary.



 



Judy



 



 


J-Walk - Posted - 05/07/2011:  18:43:38



Thanks, Gail. Those are great! I really wanted to hear Luther Davis play this one -- and now I have. 



Also, can you take a few minutes and add a description to your uploads so people will know what they're listening to? This thread will soon be history, but your uploads will be around for a long time.



 


banjo_brad - Posted - 05/07/2011:  18:54:15



MaryZ -



 



Thanks, that's a nice tune and I'd like to learn it.



 



But.



 



Your tab doesn't download as readable.  It is either blurred, or is so small that I can't make out the tune.  Could you maybe post a pdf file of the tab?  I'm just not good at learning most stuff by ear.



 


gailg64 - Posted - 05/07/2011:  19:13:15



Yes, I always think it's fun to hear a source, and for this tune, I think it may be the only one. I'll add some description.


​G


 


quote:


Originally posted by J-Walk




Thanks, Gail. Those are great! I really wanted to hear Luther Davis play this one -- and now I have. 



Also, can you take a few minutes and add a description to your uploads so people will know what they're listening to? This thread will soon be history, but your uploads will be around for a long time.



 






 


maryzcox - Posted - 05/08/2011:  10:10:56



quote:


Originally posted by banjo_brad




MaryZ -



 



Thanks, that's a nice tune and I'd like to learn it.



 



But.



 



Your tab doesn't download as readable.  It is either blurred, or is so small that I can't make out the tune.  Could you maybe post a pdf file of the tab?  I'm just not good at learning most stuff by ear.



 






Hello Banjo Brad--that little jpg tab is an attachment on BHO--if you double click on it--a larger tab appears on your screen. )  Also--if you already have my "Walkin' That Banjo Home Tab Book"--the tab is 14 font in it and there are notes about the tune and tuning too.  



J-Walk--yes--that's sometimes a problem with editing tunes down to only the ones that you really like--lots of times a really sweet tune will just get lost to your ear and be drawn to another tune that jumps in to your senses more rapidly. smiley



Best wishes,



Mary Z. Cox



maryzcox.com


cmic - Posted - 05/08/2011:  11:14:43



Hey banjo_brad, I twiddle some pixels for you. This one should be usable.



HTH and ..Happy pickin'  !!




WalkingThatPrettyGirlHome

   

banjo_brad - Posted - 05/08/2011:  13:19:42



Thanks, MaryZ & cmic - they just don't work properly for me.



Guess I'll have to skip this one.


BrendanD - Posted - 05/09/2011:  23:31:49


quote:
Originally posted by BANJOJUDY


Lyle -  Great picture of everyone - with more hair than you have now, for sure!

Actually, Lyle's not in that photo. But I certainly had more hair then than I do now!


Edited by - BrendanD on 05/09/2011 23:45:11

BANJOJUDY - Posted - 05/10/2011:  06:13:44



quote:


Originally posted by BrendanD




quote:


Originally posted by BANJOJUDY






Lyle -  Great picture of everyone - with more hair than you have now, for sure!


Actually, Lyle's not in that photo. But I certainly had more hair then than I do now!






Yes - I knew Lyle was not in the picture, but by the time I got around to editing what I wrote (to clarify) it was too late.



I hate this new editing feature. 



Hopt to see you (and your hat) in Berkeley come September - what are the dates for the BOTMC this year?



banjered - Posted - 05/10/2011:  08:39:30



Watch out for cmic's tab rendition - just prints out 7 pages of unuseables. Banjered


strokestyle - Posted - 05/10/2011:  16:23:12



Very nice tune! I enjoyed your mp3 very much and also the source posted by Gail!


J-Walk - Posted - 05/10/2011:  16:29:28



quote:


Originally posted by banjered



Watch out for cmic's tab rendition - just prints out 7 pages of unuseables. Banjered





It's just a simple JPG graphics file. You need to display it in a graphics program, and then print it from that program. 


maryzcox - Posted - 05/12/2011:  19:34:32



Want you to know that I walked across the street to my neighbor with the big blue blooming hydrangias and asked him if I could video in front of it. He laughed and said, "you asked me that last year, but never got around to it before the blooms fell off. cool


​I videoed a short take on "Walkin That Pretty Girl Home" right by the hydrangia--complete with this really embarrassing exit from the camera. Then I discovered that the HD software that goes with my camera did not get installed on this new computer I got moved to. (It's a hand me down--not brand new) I can't find the installation disk--but as soon as I figure out a way to get it re installed--I'll put up a short video of this tune too.


​Best wishes,


​Mary Z. Cox

maryzcox - Posted - 05/20/2011:  21:11:13



Finally got a little informal video up of "Walkin' That Banjo Home."  This is by my neighbor's hydrangia bush. They bloom all over Tallahassee in May.cool



youtu.be/QldICNkIbvY



 



Edited by - maryzcox on 05/20/2011 21:15:58

pammiec - Posted - 05/21/2011:  03:53:50



very nice Mary Z.!



Thank you!



Pam


BANJOJUDY - Posted - 05/21/2011:  05:58:10



quote:


Originally posted by maryzcox




Finally got a little informal video up of "Walkin' That Banjo Home."  This is by my neighbor's hydrangia bush. They bloom all over Tallahassee in May.cool



youtu.be/QldICNkIbvY



 






Great job, Mary.  Did you know the video is under "science and technology" for the YouTube heading?  Thought you might want to change it.


majikgator - Posted - 05/22/2011:  11:54:11



i opened the jpg with a couple different graphics programs and it was still unreadable, double clicking makes it readable but not printable or savable as an image file, alas. It may be worth trying to get it from a screen dump as i do enjoy your version of this tune Mary very nice. AS for Mike Seeger and Paul Brown's version, well that Way Down to North Carolina album is my very most, top of the list very very favorite of mine and any borrowed superlatives i may lend. Here we go one more fiddle tune, why not it's too late to stop now.


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