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Banging away on my banjos...BANG BANG BANG!!

Posted by erikforgod on Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Lately I have just been cutting loose..and just railing, flailing, and...well "frailing" away in standard tunings and just playing slap happy monkey style "no holes barred" clawhammer. Just giving it all I got and trying to play as fast and as loud as I can...oh and simple also. I LOVE melodic clawhammer just as much as the next guy, but sometimes its nice to just bang away! I really enjoy singing and playing back-up to these tunes..Getting a little temporarily burned out on ASPOS and weird tunings...LOL

My next video number just may be "Rocky Island" ...now if I can just find the words and get stuff memorized...for some reason my weird brain retains melodies better than it does words LOL!



9 comments on “Banging away on my banjos...BANG BANG BANG!!”

RatLer Says:
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 @8:08:30 AM

Great song...have fun...!!!

Way up on the Mountain, throw a little cane
See my candy darlin' pretty little Liza Jane
Going to Rocky Island hoh honey hoh
Seein' my candy darlin', you know I love her so
[ Lyrics from: lyricsmode.com/lyrics/r/ralph_...land.html ]
Wish I had a big fat horse gonna feed him `mone
Pretty little girl to stay at home feen him when I'm gone
Going to Rocky Island hoh honey hoh
Seein' my candy darlin', you know I love her so

Dark clouds risin' sure sign of rain
Put your new grey bonnet on sweet little Liza Jane
Going to Rocky Island hoh honey hoh
Seein' my candy darlin', you know I love her so

RatLer Says:
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 @8:10:13 AM

Sometimes the lyrics aren't totally right...but you get the gist of 'em....

erikforgod Says:
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 @9:01:34 AM

Thanks Ratler!! Briarhoppers are the best!! I will get to work on this tonight!!

erikforgod Says:
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 @9:07:30 AM

Hey Ratler - This usually just played out of straight old "G" in the C chrod and F chord positions right? Is their another way to play it that you know of?

RatLer Says:
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 @10:56:06 AM

I only tried a couple of times, but I think C G D. If you google "Ralph Stanley/Rocky Island" on You Tube you'll find him playing it.

VancePants Says:
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 @12:40:45 PM

Heck yeah... i hear ya man! Sometimes... though not very often (now that i'm on medication:-)... i get similar urges to try to get a kick-A romp goin'. I did a totally impromtu version of Foggy Mtn BD pretty earlier on in my "Learnin' to Claw" journey, and posted the vid.

Hey... listen to Hobart Smith (heck even 'ol StringBean)... and other trail-blazers... great energy, speed and syncopation in their frailin'. That's one reason I'm tryin' to pick up on some of Hunter's vibe... cuz' he has the chops to go right on down that road, but with even better musicianship.

Oh... be lookin' fer yer "Rocky Island" vid!

VancePants Says:
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 @2:41:30 PM

youtube.com/watch?v=oj22m9f-sF...t_related

Erik... check out the link above to Hobart's The Cuckoo Bird... then... git 'er done son!

erikforgod Says:
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 @5:18:31 PM

Ken Hobart sounds like he is playing 2 or 3 finger banjer...right? Cool recording...he was really gittin it!

VancePants Says:
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 @7:58:25 PM

I alway thought he was in clawhammer overdrive... but since i've never seen a vid of him... don't know fer sure.

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