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Blues in C

Written/Posted by Tom Meisenheimer


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Size: 6,577kb, uploaded 6/24/2014 12:16:14 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Other

Just happened across this while wandering through my brain.

4 comments on “Blues in C”

Lew H Says:
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 @8:01:28 AM

Very nice! Reminds me of some of the blues songs done by the early jug bands--say, like the Memphis Jug Band.

Can you say more about your tuning and picking style?

banjonoah Says:
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 @9:53:20 AM

Sounds great, love this stuff.

Tom Meisenheimer Says:
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 @10:43:19 AM

Well thanks for the comment(s). Lew, The tuning is what I call double C or open C. The picking style is...hmmm...! I use the index finger and sometimes the second finger to pick melody and also use a brush with all four fingers (when it seems right to do so). I use the thumb either to pluck the drone (5th) string or to put a note into the melody but rarely take the thumb "into" the other strings. I don't drop thumb, ever. Most of the effect is accomplished with my left hand but because I have been having problems with my right hand for frailing, I have been using that hand to pick and pluck.

The tune crabgrass is a very good example of this style. Also an example of why playing in the "first position" isn't all that "bad". On that tune I hold down the second string at the first fret which makes it Gm. All the notation in the first part (and second too) is done with the left hand for the second part I just release the second string and play within standard G.

I plan to up load a video which will show how all this works out (hopefully)

Yank Rachel and the Tennessee Jug Busters? What was the name of that jug band Jim Kweskin was in back in the 60s/70s.

I first heard something like this style played in a banjo/fiddle contest in Athens Alabama in 1970 from an elderly woman from Scottsboro, Alabama (she won).

I find two advantages in playing this way (I do frail or use claw hammer as well) and that is I have greater speed and greater accuracy and can add more notes to what I am playing. OK that's three.

Tom Meisenheimer Says:
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 @10:47:19 AM

OOOPS! actually crabgrass is played on a Boucher fretless neck and it is in the general neighborhood of E

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