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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Bob Dylan for Clawhammer Banjo


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Mickhammer - Posted - 06/27/2020:  11:28:01


Hi all,
I just picked up this book (by Michael Miles) and while it looks interesting, I really wish it included a CD with performance versions of the songs.

The tab looks challenging but playable for me. I like that he's not just presenting easy strumalong versions of the songs. I'm sure with a little (lot) of work, I'll be able to handle most of the pieces. (I already do a good impression of Dylan's nasal twang thang.)

But just in case... does anyone here know this book? Can you point me to performance versions of any of these tabs? Have you recorded yourself playing them? Care to share an mp3? (There's nothing on youtube, although I did find a video of Miles playing All Along the Watchtower, not sure if it's the same tab. It's definitely not the right melody).

One thing that has always hampered my progress on banjo is that I'm not a huge fan of old-time music. Playing a bit of Dylan seems like an interesting pathway toward other styles.

dbrooks - Posted - 06/27/2020:  13:29:38


I have the Dylan book, but I haven't done much with it. I have my own versions of several Dylan tunes that I play instead. If you're singing the songs, the banjo backup doesn't need to be very elaborate to support your singing well.



David

banjo_brad - Posted - 06/27/2020:  14:52:59


I should look for the book. I've been a Dylan fan from his first album until "Blonde On Blonde," so I do a few of his songs on finger-style guitar, but was not playing his stuff when I got into banjo. Might be interesting.

Helix - Posted - 06/27/2020:  17:04:51


Don't Think Twice, The Boxer, not just the Eagles. The twang isn't in the book. Or it is?

Mickhammer - Posted - 06/28/2020:  00:15:04


quote:

Originally posted by dbrooks

I have the Dylan book, but I haven't done much with it. I have my own versions of several Dylan tunes that I play instead. If you're singing the songs, the banjo backup doesn't need to be very elaborate to support your singing well.



David






True. What I love about clawhammer (and the banjo) is that it sounds really complex, even when it's simple.



I don't mind working from the tab. But it's always nicer to hear someone else playing it!

Hugh Walter Jennings - Posted - 06/28/2020:  11:40:51


Moonshiner is the first song I plan to work up when my new banjo arrives. Old traditional song.



Dylan did a version of it...

youtu.be/z8DvFDDSHm4



My favorite version is by Uncle Tupelo..

youtu.be/ppiol9oetOk



Good thread on the origin of the song here. Jean Ritchie commented on it (kytrad)

mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid...6#1859860

Here is the tab for Dylan's version but I can't say how accurate it is.

dylanchords.info/34_bootleg/moonshiner.htm


Edited by - Hugh Walter Jennings on 06/28/2020 11:42:53

John Gribble - Posted - 07/01/2020:  18:13:40


I don't know the book, so I can't comment on it. But if I'm playing through someone else's arrangement of a song I know, I first look for the tune, the melody. The rest of it is "arrangement." If I like the arrangement, great! If not, I can create my own arrangement out of the tab, finding something more pleasing (or playable).

Mickhammer - Posted - 07/02/2020:  00:00:59


I spent a bit more time looking at the book -- there's no accompaniment at all, it's all solo arrangements for non-singers. And based on the one video I found of the author playing a Dylan song, I can't trust him to be faithful to Dylan's melodies.



I did find a couple of videos plus tab from this fellow, which better suits what I'm trying to do: Blowing in the Wind



He also has a version of Mr. Tambourine Man up.

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