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mcluskie - Posted - 06/27/2020:  08:55:52


Hi folks, I have a new tackhead, fretless banjo which I’m loving. But some tunes work better than others. Can anybody suggest good tunes for fretless banjo? Thanks

R Buck - Posted - 06/27/2020:  09:05:21


You can play just about anything fretless, but I would try John Brown's Dream, Walking in the Parlor, Soldier's Joy, Cluck Old Hen, and Sugar Hill to start. Once you get the feel of it, well it becomes more fun.

AndyW - Posted - 06/27/2020:  09:40:29


Brad Leftwich's book, 'Roundpeak Style Clawhammer Banjo' focusses on fretless tunes.


Edited by - AndyW on 06/27/2020 09:40:48

m06 - Posted - 06/27/2020:  17:31:47


If you're new to fretless it is helpful to listen and build your own internal sound library of fretless players who have gone before. Not so that that you try and 'sound like' X or Y, but so that you become aware of the many new sound possibilities that fretless opens up for you. That enables you to select tunes that you want to play on your fretless, and know exactly the reason why you've selected those tunes. That's a process of nurturing and developing the musician in you.



Most folks slide like people possessed when they first play a fretless. That 'novelty' quickly becomes as irritating to the ears of other musicians as any cliche or bad habit. The real gold seam on a fretless are the tones that are simply not available on a fretted banjo. It is capable of sounds and combinations of sounds that are unique and a joy to discover and utilise.



A tune to spark your curiosity and get you started on that journey: Sidna Myers 'Goin' Home' which is his version of 'Let Me Fall'. The existing B/W photos of Sidna Myers typically show him with a fretted banjo; but some of the tracks on the FRC field recording of the Myers brothers reveal a fretless soundscape of stunning beauty. On the same recording the clarity of his 'Reubens Train' is a fabulous lesson in not overdoing slides too.



I hope this is helpful. smiley


Edited by - m06 on 06/27/2020 17:46:53

mcluskie - Posted - 06/28/2020:  10:08:32


quote:

Originally posted by R Buck

You can play just about anything fretless, but I would try John Brown's Dream, Walking in the Parlor, Soldier's Joy, Cluck Old Hen, and Sugar Hill to start. Once you get the feel of it, well it becomes more fun.






 

mcluskie - Posted - 06/28/2020:  10:09:51


Many thanks I will try them out

Originally posted by R Buck

You can play just about anything fretless, but I would try John Brown's Dream, Walking in the Parlor, Soldier's Joy, Cluck Old Hen, and Sugar Hill to start. Once you get the feel of it, well it becomes more fun.






 

mcluskie - Posted - 06/28/2020:  10:11:09


Thanks for your reply lots of useful stuff in here

Originally posted by m06

If you're new to fretless it is helpful to listen and build your own internal sound library of fretless players who have gone before. Not so that that you try and 'sound like' X or Y, but so that you become aware of the many new sound possibilities that fretless opens up for you. That enables you to select tunes that you want to play on your fretless, and know exactly the reason why you've selected those tunes. That's a process of nurturing and developing the musician in you.



Most folks slide like people possessed when they first play a fretless. That 'novelty' quickly becomes as irritating to the ears of other musicians as any cliche or bad habit. The real gold seam on a fretless are the tones that are simply not available on a fretted banjo. It is capable of sounds and combinations of sounds that are unique and a joy to discover and utilise.



A tune to spark your curiosity and get you started on that journey: Sidna Myers 'Goin' Home' which is his version of 'Let Me Fall'. The existing B/W photos of Sidna Myers typically show him with a fretted banjo; but some of the tracks on the FRC field recording of the Myers brothers reveal a fretless soundscape of stunning beauty. On the same recording the clarity of his 'Reubens Train' is a fabulous lesson in not overdoing slides too.



I hope this is helpful. smiley






 

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