Posted by beanseo on Tuesday, November 13, 2007
I recently "discovered" Gm tuning. Dude! This is so cool. I've been tinkering a lot with some minor fasola tunes (shaped note music a la Sacred Harp, etc.) and have worked out simple melodies for some beauties like:
I first discovered the ability to translate the simple melodies from shaped note tunes to banjo when I was playing around with double-C tuning, but this Gm thing is wicked cool.
The place I want to get to now is figuring out how to add that texture that makes this kind of music so...awesome. Most of it is written in 4-part harmony (though a good deal is in 3-part). I wonder whether this would sound cool with different instruments taking different voice parts. Banjo as tenor, guitar as bass. What would fit as counter (alto) and treble (soprano)? Thoughts?
Tuesday, November 13, 2007 @7:18:42 PM
Boy - you've got the bug!
For my two cents worth you can't go passed a fiddle or cello or even a mouth organ.
Also, try another banjo. Two banjos can make a harmonically rich mix.
Some non-western instruments can also be very compelling eg. the mongolian two string cello/fiddles like the morin khuur and igil. Or the Tibetan dramyen, a plucked three course banjo, works really well against a regular banjo.
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