This is the October edition of my Foggy Mountain Banjo project. (More than two weeks late.)
I had more trouble than usual with this tune.
First of all, due to running late, I decided to learn it directly from the Scruggs book rather than by ear. I worked out part of it by ear, but I could see it was going to take a long time, so I went to the book. The tablature seems pretty accurate to me -- I tried playing along with Earl's recording slowed down to check this.
Another trouble with this tune for me -- I found it hard to really get it to sound like a tune rather than just a bunch of notes. It sounds musical when Earl plays it, I know what it is supposed to sound like, but I just can't seem to make it sound really tuneful.
I like this tune, so I'll keep working on it. Perhaps if I try it with some other musicians it will sound better.
One thing that surprised me -- Earl chose to record this in G. I thought this was always played in A. I guess Earl didn't mind breaking the rules!
I have two tunes to go for this project. I'll let you know which one is next when I post it.
USAF PJ Says:
Thursday, November 15, 2018 @9:17:17 PM
Well done! Trouble you say? No way, I heard the tune and your playing was clean. Thanks for posting.
Friday, November 16, 2018 @5:58:34 AM
Sounds good. Its a fiddle tune - that's the way they sound. Will get more to sound what your looking for as you are able to pick up speed and add a bit of bounce to it. Great progress!
Friday, November 16, 2018 @7:58:02 AM
I thought you picked that just fine, very clean. Keep picking.
Friday, November 16, 2018 @4:58:30 PM
Thanks Alex, Wayne and Jeff. I'd really like trying to play this one with a fiddle player.
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