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12th of April

Posted by rmlong, written by Jame Rogers

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Size: 1,768kb, uploaded 6/30/2011 5:17:37 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

This was with Band In A Box Accompaniment. I made two or three mistakes but in general it's a pretty good example of how I play this great tune by James Rogers of Ft. Meade, Florida. James has been the Florida State Champion Banjo Player many times and the Banjo Player for the very popular Sunny Bluegrass Boys. He's one of the best banjo players I've ever heard and a really nice guy! I have three of his albums autographed by him....Robert



6 comments on “12th of April”

David M Says:
Friday, July 1, 2011 @1:54:57 AM

Well played Robert.!!

Sounds a lot of content, it must have taken ages to learn and play right through..! I could never attempt anything like that.

Thanks and best wishes...David

rmlong Says:
Friday, July 1, 2011 @6:19:12 AM

I have the only tab on this tune; my arrangement. It was a song that James Rogers put on one of his albums and all we banjo players in Florida, who admired him, loved playing the song. Whenever I would get with my 'ole musician friends in Central Florida, 12th of April would be one of the first songs we would play. So, when I came to Ohio I decided to tab this song, the way I had learned to play it; the basic song. But, over these 30 some years, I have added too and embellished the original song immensely, putting in some melodic and chromatic "licks", etc. So, now it's really a combination of the past original song and my own individual "style" of playing. I guess that's what happens to most songs; they change over time with the gradual input from many, many enthusiasts/musicians.....it's a great song to improvise with...thanks for the kind words as always my friend....Robert....I'll send you the tab sometime if you'd like; my arrangement of course;-)

David M Says:
Saturday, July 2, 2011 @12:26:11 AM

I've always struggle with tab Robert, I find I end up playing the first line 5000 times before I've memorised the whole song as I have to go from the beginning each time I head into a new bar..! I'm sick of the tune by the time I've learnt it some weeks later.. :-/ All my efforts these days are by ear and get tweeked over time if I record and hear them back, hence their simplicity of content. I persevered through the score of Dueling Banjos once and for my efforts ended up with 2 minutes of machine gun fire.. :-) That's why I admire people who can play from tab fairly quickly.

This piece is a real story of your playing 'career' then, all the embellishments are your progressions over the years and shows how far you pushed yourself, I really like that.

Take care Robert...David

rmlong Says:
Saturday, July 2, 2011 @10:07:37 AM

Yes, I'm an amalgamation of all my teacher's input, people I've listened to on records, CD's, festivals, etc., etc.....and just serendipity/accidental discoveries by just playing alot....like you, I have never found tabs very helpful..especially when they are done by people who have a different style of playing from my own....I try to play the melody with each tune I play....the closer to the melody the better...I think Earl Scruggs taught me that idea....somewhere I read he said that....once in awhile I'll hear something that appeals to me and I'll try to emulate it....but in general, I'm very pleased with where I am on the banjo right now...I'm having fun and enjoying the back and forth comments from you and others on the BHO website....yes, my blog is the story of my playing career; that's a good way to put it....and I'm still exploring and trying to reach a little bit higher with my repertoire...it's a lifetime quest as they say! Robert

rmlong Says:
Saturday, July 2, 2011 @10:08:30 AM

You have excellent "insights" David.....I appreciate your comments! Robert

rmlong Says:
Sunday, December 15, 2013 @12:10:42 PM

This is Sunday Dec. 15th, 2013. Just want everyone to know I'm still "pickin' "…….I have a Rogue open back that I like because it's very light, yet has a pretty good sound and a good straight neck on it….and it sits in my upstairs bathroom…so, I pick it up and play it several time a day just to keep the 'ole fingers from getting rusty. I'm very fortunate not to have any arthritis in my fingers. I miss my musician friends in Florida; hopefully, I'll drive down there sometime and we can have a nice reunion and do so major partyin' and pickin' sometime;-)

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