This is the February edition of Foggy Mountain Banjo 2018, but I’m late — it’s the first of March (in Australia).
I learned this tune by ear by listening to Bennett Sullivan playing the break very slowly. I could tell that I had a few notes wrong so I submitted a recording to Tony Trischka, who helped me out with it.
Since then, I’ve also looked at Bennett’s tab and the tab from the Earl Scruggs book (1st edition). Either Bennett plays it slightly differently to Earl, or the the 1st edition of the Scruggs book is not exactly right. Either way, both versions sound good, and I’m sure the differences are not greater than the variations Earl might use in his own performance of the tune.
I got the ending variation from the Scruggs book. I can’t hear Earl do this on the FMB recording, but perhaps my ear is at fault. Anyway, I like it.
For anyone who is interested in learning by ear, but finds it hard, I recommend getting Bennett’s slowed down recordings of the Foggy Mountain Banjo breaks. It’s easier than learning from a record because there are no other instruments to confuse your ear.
Next time I’ll post Reuben.
Laurie Grundy Says:
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @7:18:17 PM
Very nice! Nice and even.... way to go. Cheers Laurie
Saturday, March 3, 2018 @3:53:39 PM
Thursday, March 8, 2018 @1:37:22 PM
Hey! Great post. You know I think I'm playing a few notes wrong. It's sometimes difficult to pick out every note.
Saturday, March 17, 2018 @5:54:31 PM
Thanks Jonathan. I agree, it is hard to get every note. I’m sure I’m not playing exactly the way Earl plays it on Foggy Mountain Banjo, but I think there’s a lot to learn simply by trying hard to do what Earl did. Cheers,
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