Banjo Hangout Logo
Banjo Hangout Logo

Premier Sponsors

591
Banjo Lovers Online


 All Forums
 Playing the Banjo
 Playing Advice: 4-String (Jazz, Blues & Other Trad Styles)
 ARCHIVED TOPIC: It's too quiet around here---!!!!


Please note this is an archived topic, so it is locked and unable to be replied to. You may, however, start a new topic and refer to this topic with a link: http://www.banjohangout.org/archive/376344

guitarbanjoman - Posted - 07/14/2021:  07:30:03


Everybody must be off practising their banjo!

So that begs the question... what are you practising these days?

Me?

Well I've got a zesty new arrangement going of "There's No Business Like Show Business" in the key of F... I'm trying to make my banjo sound like Ethel Merman!

And by that, I don't mean "dead"!

Will

G Edward Porgie - Posted - 07/14/2021:  07:38:38


You don't mean "dead?"

If you're trying to imitate Ethel, I suppose you mean "extremely loud and rather harsh."(You can probably guess she's never been a favorite of mine.)

As for what I'm working on lately, it's a tune called "arthritis."

guitarbanjoman - Posted - 07/14/2021:  08:55:06


OK, that's all true, George, I will grant you.

However.... I can't explain my attraction to Ethel Merman any more than I can explain my attraction to the banjo...

... all I know is that she never fails to bring a smile to my face... she is the "banjo" of singers!

... you can see for yourself!

youtube.com/watch?v=PIiQMsDQ0Uo

craig wood - Posted - 07/14/2021:  11:31:42


Just finished a version of Polka Dots and Moonbeams, a hit for Sinatra. I first heard the song as played by Brian Hamburg who does such a good version( a late night one) on his plectrum banjo. It's on the Tube! Here is my version..simple. Key of F..then goes to A
and back via (F#m7 B7) (Gm7 C7)


guitarbanjoman - Posted - 07/14/2021:  23:01:51


Sweet version of a good ole good one!

Nice job, Craig!

I guess that banjo is strung with your super light gauge strings? I’ll have to try that!

craig wood - Posted - 07/15/2021:  08:33:09


Thanks Will
Yes the string gauges are light..20w 14 12 10
D'Addario makes a set..EJ61 which i use sometimes..23w 16 12 10
Try them on your Vega!

Don Lewers - Posted - 07/15/2021:  15:42:10


Yeah Craig, sweet playin' alright, as good as gold in the gully!.



Will, I'm  workin' on ''Is anybody Goin' To San Antone,'' and Bix's   ''Singin' The Blues'' at the moment,



the latter bein' new to me .....  gotta' keep the grey matter active somehow. ..... Don.



 


Edited by - Don Lewers on 07/15/2021 15:54:34

guitarbanjoman - Posted - 07/15/2021:  20:56:42


Good for you, Don!

Come on, banjo buddies, chime in; don’t be shy!

guitarbanjoman - Posted - 07/17/2021:  14:00:58


Tough crowd…

hobogal - Posted - 07/17/2021:  23:36:07


I've been trying to learn a ragtime tune called 'Ragging the Scale' which is why I've gone quiet! It's a challenge for me with scale stretches (on tenor) and arpeggios...I may never record it but am learning some new stuff doing it. I'm also revisiting 'My Lady Jazz' which is why I wanted to play tenor in the first place and probably my favourite banjo tune.

CGDA - Posted - 07/18/2021:  01:50:50


craig wood, Thank you for posting your cool and swinging version of Polka dots and Moonbeams!

Rebecca With a P H - Posted - 07/18/2021:  08:30:35


I've only really just started playing the Banjo so I'm still learning some pretty beginner stuff i.e John Henry, Skip to my Lou, Hard Ain't it Hard and any anything else in Pete Seeger's Book. Most recently i watched a clip of Pete playing Go Tell Aunt Rhode for Rainbow Quest and was able to figure that out by watching his hands for about an hour haha. Not sure what to learn now though. Maybe The Entertainer or Ave Maria? I'd love to learn I Have a Dream by ABBA but there doesnt seem to be any videos or tabs available.

Compass56 - Posted - 07/19/2021:  07:10:18


“I’ve put together simple banjo arrangements for “Sophisticated Lady” & “Autumn in New York,” and now I’m trying to get those arrangements under my fingers.

guitarbanjoman - Posted - 07/25/2021:  11:51:41


Craig, I just busted a string on my VegaVox, so when I restrung it, I used your gauges 20w-14-12-10… except I didnt have a 12 so I had to use an 11…



Anyway, I’ve had a chance to try it out for the past hour or so, first reactions…



On the plus side….



… it sort of forces you to play more lightly, which is probably good!



… the light gauges make it super easy on the LH



On the minus side…



… it’s fairly easy to overstrum those light strings which gives an unpleasant distorted sound



… there’s not much ooomph to the C string



So I’m still thinking it over… I may have to record myself to see what it actually sounds like to others…



Will


Edited by - guitarbanjoman on 07/25/2021 11:52:25

guitarbanjoman - Posted - 07/25/2021:  14:08:53


Ok, I made a recording... on light strings... thanks, Ethel Merman!



 



 


Edited by - guitarbanjoman on 07/25/2021 14:13:24


BeeEnvironment - Posted - 07/25/2021:  14:40:18


Well, right now I am trying to learn Pete Seeger's version of "Darling Corey" (tuning: F#,D,F#,A,D), and probably after that, I'll try to get Sally Ann (also Pete's way, see tab: hangoutstorage.com/banjohangou...72021.pdf), on page 27, number 13 of the book. Maybe I will also try to learn John Henry, a great song!

clambert - Posted - 07/25/2021:  15:10:54


quote:

Originally posted by guitarbanjoman

OK, that's all true, George, I will grant you.



However.... I can't explain my attraction to Ethel Merman any more than I can explain my attraction to the banjo...



... all I know is that she never fails to bring a smile to my face... she is the "banjo" of singers!



... you can see for yourself!



youtube.com/watch?v=PIiQMsDQ0Uo






I'm with you.  I saw Ethel Merman on stage in "Annie get your Gun" in New York City in 1965 and she was awesome.

craig wood - Posted - 07/25/2021:  15:57:59


Will..
First , the banjo sounds great, and nice playing. i agree the C string at 20 does not quite have the oomph..This weekend i played an OME that was bought from Buddy Wachter..with his strings..28 to 12..and high action.( a work out!)
More bass for sure, but less top end..I was taken back when Brad Roth mentioned that he uses a 20..Then i remembered that in my early years i was playing with 009 to 20..and my B&d #1 sounded great. The strum was balanced. So now what?
Light strings VS heavy..
I have come to realize that Its all in the Right arm..In controlling the wrist and the strum, you need to develop certain muscles in the right arm. Look at both Buddy and Brad..Big right arms...However different styles..One plays light with light strings and one plays light with heavy strings. I spent 3 years getting my right arm muscles back as i stopped playing on a regular basis for a few years. Its the right arm muscles, and then your choice of sound and style.

Enfield1858 - Posted - 07/25/2021:  18:03:54


Being still at the 'very novice' stage, I'm plugging away at two pieces, both in mountain tuning, g-DGCD, with a huge amount of help and encouragement from my teacher (thank you, Kate!).  They're both still 'works in progress', but I am making progress, and am very happy with how they're going smiley



First is 'Pretty Polly', arranged by Matt Brown;  second is 'Little Maggie', arranged by Aaron and Nicole Keim.



Jack



My therapist told me I'd feel so much better if I wrote letters to all the people I hate, and burnt them - and he was right!  Any ideas what I should do with the letters, though . . . as Jessica in the Post Office says that the Royal Mail don't offer a delivery service to Hell? 


Edited by - Enfield1858 on 07/25/2021 18:07:17

Dgbectrum - Posted - 07/26/2021:  03:51:39


Hi,
I'm reviewing my whole repertoire (not to forget it) but I'm stuck on "Meet Me Tonight In Dreamland" in the arrangement of Dick Sheridan for baritone uke, since I play chicago tuning plectrum

guitarbanjoman - Posted - 07/26/2021:  07:41:04


Only the addition of a hot banjo player could improve this clip of Ethel Merman and Fred Astaire...

youtube.com/watch?v=DgLtRLgVcQg

guitarbanjoman - Posted - 07/26/2021:  08:21:45


Ok, I just changed back to my usual gauges... to me it sounds better... ?

Will


Don Lewers - Posted - 07/26/2021:  17:18:06


Here's my Karaoke Banjo take on, ''Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone.''
How things have changed from the good old days, when most of the time, you picked new tunes out by ear ...... ahh, but it's all a ton of fun!. ...... Don.


G Edward Porgie - Posted - 07/26/2021:  18:29:58


quote:

Originally posted by Don Lewers

Here's my Karaoke Banjo take on, ''Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone.''

How things have changed from the good old days, when most of the time, you picked new tunes out by ear ...... ahh, but it's all a ton of fun!. ...... Don.






I still do, and will continue to do so. Not only does it keep my ear working, it saves the cost of the music.

Professor Jive - Posted - 07/27/2021:  09:24:04


Craig Wood,
I enjoyed your arrangement of Polka Dots and Moonbeams very much. So, this next comment is not to minimize your banjo. Since I'm mostly a swing guitarist, I keyed into the guitar comping along with your fine banjo. Did you record that also or have a friend accompany you or purchase the track somewhere. Whatever, I enjoyed it very much. The comping accompanied your fine banjo work very well. It makes me want to find a plectrum (or tenor) banjo player to backup.

craig wood - Posted - 07/30/2021:  14:48:34


Yes Professor JIve
So good of you to comment on the guitar..I play both. Banjo and guitar are recorded in stereo.. I add a keyboard bass, and use audio files for the snare. The guitar is Epiphone Zenith..jazz box...

CGDA - Posted - 07/31/2021:  13:19:34


quote:

Originally posted by Don Lewers

Here's my Karaoke Banjo take on, ''Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone.''

How things have changed from the good old days, when most of the time, you picked new tunes out by ear ...... ahh, but it's all a ton of fun!. ...... Don.






Beautiful  old time "souvenir". Bravo Don! heart

craig wood - Posted - 08/02/2021:  12:18:33


Don...Hmmm..Air banjo? Are we ready? Still there is a lot of "Pride" in that..

Don Lewers - Posted - 08/02/2021:  22:53:22


Thanks George, Marco, and Craig, good to hear your thoughts.

IMHO, the back up musos behind Charleys original recording, and the arranger, did such a wonderful job, so tempting an opportunity for me to put my banjo out front, and play along with 'em, and take it as it comes, for better or worse!. ...... Don.

guitarbanjoman - Posted - 08/03/2021:  11:22:34


Oopsie, wrong thread...


Edited by - guitarbanjoman on 08/03/2021 11:27:11

Hangout Network Help

View All Topics  |  View Categories

0.078125