Posted by AndyW on Saturday, September 22, 2018
It's taken a wee while, but Spotted Pony and Year of Jubilo are now firmly in my Old Time Jam playing rota.
The reason it took so long was that Spotted Pony in Old Time Jam Machine was for a length of time right on the limits of how fast I could play. My basic fastest speed has now raised 5-10 bpm above that level, and so the complete breakdowns have dissappeared. It stilk feels fast, and I wouldn't say I am ultra comfortable with it, but that should come with time.
The last couple of days I have brought back my couple of G/A tunes into the playing rota.
My main focus now is going to be on singing along. The three best tunes playable as 'songs' I have are Angelina Baker, Little Maggie and Fortune. I have done some work on them lyric-wise before, but they are now going to be my main focus, and when ready I'll post some videos.The other thing I want to do is get Mississippi Sawyer into my OTJ playing routine, but the version I play at the moment has a [self made] crooked B part so I need to adjust that or learn a new B part.
Sunday, September 23, 2018 @3:34:00 PM
Swapping the A/B parts of Angelina Baker makes it easier to sing. Not sure if it's strictly correct.
Fortune and Little Maggie coming along. I am using a you-tube player called Bruce Baillie for Fortune Lyrics. For Little Maggie I have arranged various verses into an order of my own and altered some lines so there is a 'story'.
Today I played all my OTJ rota tunes at 250/125 bpm to see how my top speed is. Apart from blurring triplets in Fortune everything seemed playable at that speed, but only just for a couple of tunes.
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