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Day Two, more Nashville Skyline Rag

Posted by jeliyesil on Friday, January 14, 2011

Another eye-opening day for me. When I began this project, I didn't intend to transcribe any of the tunes I'm learning, but after reading the post by Banjo Island (thanks!) where he mentioned that Ron Block suggested transcribing the tunes, I thought I'd give it a try. There's nothing that exposes parts of a tune that you're glossing over like transcribing! So I spent a good portion of the afternoon writing out the tune, and going back over each section of the recording to try to grab the exact notes. It made a huge difference! 

I was missing a lot of the transitions and fill-in licks, and just using what I would normally play there. Getting all of those right really made the tune sound much better. J.D. seems to always be doing something, no boring fillers. And a couple of times he used an open string that didn't necessarily fit the chord he was playing over so that he could get to the next finger pattern easily. Catching that really helped to smooth out a couple of places in the tune, and that is a nice trick. At the speed he plays that tune, those notes don't really stand out.

So a very productive day. I don't know if I'll have the time and energy to write out every tune I do, but if you're trying to get it "just right", there's nothing like it. I'm sure I still don't have it exactly right, but I'm going to put some time in on playing it and trying to get that bounce that he's got. Hopefully I'll post a recording this weekend (at a slower speed than Crowe playes it), and move on to a new tune next week.


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