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Alabama Jubilee Medley

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Size: 2,517kb, uploaded 7/30/2017 11:53:14 AM
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Better audio version: Alabama Jubilee: Cobb & Yellen California Here I Come: DeSylva & Meyer I'm Alabama Bound: Hoffman Linger Awhile: Owens & Rose

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Bernie's Tune

Posted by Omeboy, written by Bernie Miller

 

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Size: 2,174kb, uploaded 3/2/2017 8:54:38 PM
Genre: Jazz / Playing Style: 4-String (Tenor/Plectrum)

A little something for Marco and Dave. (Partially muted plectrum) Sorry about the poor quality recording. I'm having software issues I hope to surmount in the near future.

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China Boy

Posted by Omeboy, written by Boutelje and Winfree.

 

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Size: 2,436kb, uploaded 2/22/2018 11:26:00 PM
Genre: Jazz / Playing Style: 4-String (Tenor/Plectrum)

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Chinatown, My Chinatown

Posted by Omeboy, written by Jerome and Schwartz

 

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Size: 3,053kb, uploaded 7/27/2017 8:16:35 PM
Genre: Jazz / Playing Style: 4-String (Tenor/Plectrum)

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Diane

Posted by Omeboy, written by Erno Rapee & Lew Pollack.

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Size: 1,539kb, uploaded 9/21/2017 11:47:18 PM
Genre: Popular / Playing Style: 4-String (Tenor/Plectrum)

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Donkey Serenade (Variation on Bechtel arr.)

Posted by Omeboy, written by Friml / Stothart

 

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Size: 2,414kb, uploaded 10/12/2016 1:01:58 PM
Genre: Popular / Playing Style: 4-String (Tenor/Plectrum)

....... the five string lovers have Earl Scruggs, the tenor players have Harry Reser and the few remaining plectrum players amongst us have Perry Bechtel. (Sorry if I didn’t mention your personal hero here. There are so great many names that we can all add to this list.) In any event, any time I’ve needed some inspiration over the years, I just listen to Perry and it all comes back. I wanted to do a little variation on Perry’s great arrangement of Donkey Serenade. So, I opened it with a little touch from the Grand Canyon Suite: the part that conjures up the weary, little burro walking down the trail. And since I love the duo-style on plectrum, I included it twice in both keys. That’s why it’s just a variation on the original that only Perry could have created.

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Happy Feet

Posted by Omeboy, written by Milton Ager

 

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Size: 2,584kb, uploaded 2/11/2016 11:54:22 AM
Genre: Jazz / Playing Style: 4-String (Tenor/Plectrum)

Back in 1976, a handful of wondrously talented folks got together and recorded a tremendous banjo album. Entitled: On A Slow Boat To China With The San Francisco Medicine Ball. What a gem of an album and three great plectrums (Dave Marty, Jack Convery and Abe van der Meulen.) It might still be available on CD if you don’t own it. And Jack has posted some great cuts from this album on YouTube. So this is my homage to these three great banjoists (Dave, Jack and Abe) and my very heavily influenced version of Happy Feet. (This will probably sound best on a good headset.)

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Is It True What They Say About Dixie?

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Size: 1,542kb, uploaded 7/10/2015 6:35:20 AM
Genre: Jazz / Playing Style: 4-String (Tenor/Plectrum)

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Limehouse Blues

Posted by Omeboy, written by Braham & Furber

 

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Size: 2,121kb, uploaded 7/11/2015 7:21:43 AM
Genre: Jazz / Playing Style: 4-String (Tenor/Plectrum)

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Melancholy Serenade

Posted by Omeboy, written by Jackie Gleason

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Size: 2,773kb, uploaded 9/21/2017 11:55:27 PM
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Oklahoma Medley (Perry inspired)

Posted by Omeboy, written by Rogers and Hammerstein

 

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Size: 3,047kb, uploaded 9/7/2015 10:27:09 AM
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This is basically a fairly good practice run at of Perry's beautiful Oklahoma medley. It's a little rough in at least one spot. I hope you don't mind the rhythm track.

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Petite Fleur -

Posted by Omeboy, written by Bechet

 

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Size: 2,071kb, uploaded 4/8/2016 8:09:43 AM
Genre: Jazz / Playing Style: 4-String (Tenor/Plectrum)

March 2016 Song Of The Month. (This isn't as smooth or as polished as I would have preferred. The passing notes just don't have any integrity to them. Another week on it would have been probably done the trick.)

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PLECTRUM BANJO STUDY: Basic Duo Style Exercise 1st Demo

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Size: 2,417kb, uploaded 7/24/2017 11:37:37 AM
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This accompanies the Basic Duo Style Exercise for plectrum (see Photo section.) THE FIRST CUT, each melody note gets one initial down stroke immediately followed by a second down stroke to play the harmonizing chord. THE SECOND CUT is played in 3/4 (waltz) time. IN THE THIRD CUT, each melody note gets two initial down strokes followed by the chord. THE FOURTH CUT is fairly up tempo single strokes again. THE FIFTH CUT is two strokes on the melody again. ONTHE SIXTH CUT, each melody note gets a Down/Up stroke immediately followed by a Down stroke on the chord.

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PLECTRUM EXERCISE: Bells of St. Marys Duo Style plus Buffalo Gals (duo style)

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Size: 3,495kb, uploaded 7/26/2017 1:32:19 PM
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Duo Style Exercise "Bells of St. Marys plus Buffalo Gals (duo style): Well if you're a plectrum student and you've worked thru the exercise on duo-style (contrasting the bass melody against the treble strings,) here is your chance to shine. If you listen to Perry play his great version of The Bells of St. Marys, Perry employs a lot of duo-style in the first chorus by simply accenting passing notes and accenting the beat with full strums while essentially maintaining the melody on his D string. But in the SECOND chorus, he lets the C and G strings take the melody for duo-style accenting the harmonizing chord on the B and D string in full strums. So in this exercise, we will concentrate only on the SECOND chorus. The second chorus is diagramed in three slides (see the Photos section) with this accompanying MP3 file. (You might even find this easier to play than the basic duo-style exercise!) On the FIRST cut, you'll hear the tune played at a regular tempo. The SECOND cut slows it down so you can study it along with the diagrams. The THIRD cut is very up tempo. I'll leave the first and third choruses to you. Listen to Perry's version and note how he uses passing notes within the harmonizing chords. Spend some time analyzing this great solo and you'll be rewarded for your efforts. (You can preview Perry's album on iTunes.) BONUS TRACKS: The FOURTH cut is the bonus track: Buffalo Gals in duo style at a regular tempo. The FIFTH cut is the tune up tempo. The SIXTH cut slows it down for you. There are no diagrams on this one, so try to figure out the chord harmonies. You already know the positions, so this will be a test for your ear and fingers. On the treble side of duo-style, Eddie Peabody beautifully explains how to use duo-style by keeping the melody notes on the D string while accenting the harmonizing chord on the beat with the C, G and B strings. This is just the opposite of playing the melody on the bass side with the C and G strings. It's a great lesson----as are ALL of Eddies lessons. Here's the link to that #9 lesson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDVddFseiKQ And a special "Thanks!" to Jim Bottorff for posting these lessons on YouTube....... You can always find the duo-style stuff and more on my BHO webpage under "photos' and "music." Okay, my friend, it's woodshed time----have fun with duo-style.

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Roaring Twenties Medley (7 tunes)

Posted by Omeboy, written by See Description

 

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Size: 4,524kb, uploaded 4/29/2016 11:57:41 PM
Genre: Jazz / Playing Style: 4-String (Tenor/Plectrum)

"Row Row Row" 1912 (Ziegfeld Follies) William Jerome / Jimmie Monaco "Baby Face" 1926 Harry Akst, the lyrics by Benny Davis. "I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover" 1927, Mort Dixon with music by Harry M. Woods. "The Charleston" 1923, with lyrics by Cecil Mack and music by James P. Johnson, "Yes Sir, That’s My Baby" 1925 by Walter Donaldson and the lyrics by Gus Kahn. "Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Goodbye" 1922 Ernie Erdman, Ted Fio Rito, Gus Kahn, and Robert A. King "If You Knew Susie" 1925 written by Buddy DeSylva and Joseph Meyer.____________________ This medley is almost a tribute to Eddie Cantor by default. If you younger folks don’t know who Eddie was, please check him out. He was one of early America’s best loved entertainers from that era. And I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the great and generous Buddy Wachter for his inspiration on "Toot Toot Tootsie."

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Russian Rag

Posted by Omeboy, written by George L. Cobb

 

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Size: 4,970kb, uploaded 11/2/2018 8:50:57 PM
Genre: Jazz / Playing Style: 4-String (Tenor/Plectrum)

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Sheep May Safely Graze (Abridged)

Posted by Omeboy, written by J.S. Bach

 

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Size: 1,357kb, uploaded 11/30/2015 2:23:59 PM
Genre: Classical / Playing Style: 4-String (Tenor/Plectrum)

Here is an abridged version of J.S. Bach's "Sheep May Safely Graze." I was inspired by the great Celtic harpist, Kim Robertson.

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Some of These Days // St. Louis Blues

Posted by Omeboy, written by Brooks // Handy

 

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Size: 2,944kb, uploaded 5/3/2016 7:37:35 PM
Genre: Jazz / Playing Style: 4-String (Tenor/Plectrum)

Remix of earlier version

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Stephen Foster Medley: Salute to Perry

Posted by Omeboy, written by Stephen Foster

 

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Size: 4,310kb, uploaded 6/11/2017 8:46:14 AM
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This is an Audacity remix of a previous version. Here is the original note I added: There's only one Perry Bechtel. His impact and influence is as immeasurable as his great talent. This practice run at his arrangement is something I did a good while back. It's too quick and too fast for the tempo. Slower would have been so much better. I might re-do this sometime, but at least it shows some serious dedication to our mutual banjo hero and "the greatest of them all." God bless you, Perry.

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Strike Up The Band

Posted by Omeboy, written by George Gershwin

 

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Size: 2,175kb, uploaded 7/26/2018 9:44:53 AM
Genre: Jazz / Playing Style: 4-String (Tenor/Plectrum)

Recorded in 1992

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