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UK Banjo day this Saturday

Posted by 5stringJim on Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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I am honoured to have been asked to give a short workshop at the UK5 group's annual get together in Stalybridge, near Manchester. Have to leave very early morning to make the 11am start time, as it's at least a four-hour drive. My intention is to pinpoint the use of the melody in Scruggs style banjo, with a few choice examples.

The reason I picked this subject is that someone I know has been playing for years, but didn't realise that in Scruggs - style playing not ALL notes are created equal.  He was assigning the same volume level to every note he that's ok in Melodic style.

A recent thread on the BHO has also pointed this out, ie, you can use various rolls to achieve the same tune, as long as they fit the melody line into the proper position. That's how Earl developed the style, picking out the melody notes then surrounding them with appropriate, quieter, support notes.

Just listen to "Blue Ridge Mountain Home" or even "Fireball Mail" as played by Earl, and as sung by Lester and Roy Acuff....he gets all the right notes in there !

On the melodic style side, I also recently had my tab for Snowflake Reel published in the Banjo Newsletter,  as Donald Nitchie thought my video was the closest he'd heard to Vic Jordan's classic version. It was in the issue which had a tribute to Vic, who passed away in 2016. Unfortunately, there was an error with the printed version of BNL which had the wrong tab assigned, and wouldn't have matched up with my version, but that was corrected in the next issue.

3 comments on “UK Banjo day this Saturday”

alfiedog Says:
Thursday, March 2, 2017 @10:34:05 AM

Really looking forward to it Jim :)

conic Says:
Friday, March 3, 2017 @9:03:34 AM

Thanks Jim, sounds like an interesting day ahead with some great pickers

Andy Campbell Says:
Saturday, March 4, 2017 @10:34:32 PM

Really enjoyed your workshop yesterday Jim.
Thanks for your time. It was very much appreciated.

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