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Towards Serenity

Written/Posted by rickhayes


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Size: 2,763kb, uploaded 5/21/2015 7:08:27 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Been awhile since I've posted something. Composed this in CH but liked the way it sounded fingerpicked better. In Double C.

9 comments on “Towards Serenity”

JanetB Says:
Thursday, May 21, 2015 @7:26:33 PM

Well-named, well-played, Rick. Always a treat to hear your originals. It sounds like a mini-symphony with several movements. I know what you mean about clawing vs. picking. Sometimes one, sometimes the other.

rickhayes Says:
Thursday, May 21, 2015 @7:31:28 PM

Thanks Janet. My clawing tends to be a bit clucky. Probably the short fingernail length and muffling by the fingertip flesh, and maybe my attack angle Clucky works OK, even well, for some tunes, and distracts on others.

peter somerville Says:
Friday, May 22, 2015 @1:26:24 AM

very nice emotive original!

jkacur Says:
Friday, May 22, 2015 @4:27:15 AM

Nice song! I play CH, and I found myself with broken finger nails on my "I" and "M", and then I grabbed a finger pick like scruggs players wear, and put it on what would be upside down for them. What a revelation! Okay, it doesn't quite sound old-timey anymore, but it rings like a bell. I figure you have a much better chance of being heard that way at a noisy session too. Don't know if it would be right for this sweet sounding gentle tune though, but maybe give it a try. Cheers!

rickhayes Says:
Friday, May 22, 2015 @7:38:41 AM

Thanks a lot Peter and John, glad you enjoyed it. John, I bought a Fred Kelly "Freedom" CH pick which I like but I'm not used to it yet. It, like a backwards Scruggs pick, poses a couple of problems for me. first, my somewhat unusual CH technique includes some up-picking or up- brushing and having a pick on makes that difficult. Also, although I like the tone, it is louder than the notes my thumb produces so before I use it more extensively I'll have to develop a technique to even out the difference.

VancePants Says:
Friday, May 22, 2015 @10:18:40 AM

Another contemplative piece Rick: it's been rainy n' cloudy here fer days... and your tune encourages daydreamin' as i look out my window. Cheers!

rickhayes Says:
Friday, May 22, 2015 @12:27:32 PM

Thanks Ken. Daydream away. Weekend weather promises to be pretty good here, at least through Sunday when my wife's brother and sister-in-law in Connecticut host an annual wiffleball tourney and BBQ in memory of their son who passed in a tragic accident when he was around 20.

Dan Drabek Says:
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 @4:49:09 PM

Rick, it's really refreshing to hear original stuff for the banjo. Sounds like you're haviing a lot of fun with your music. You've developed a great style--reminds me a bit of some of the early guitar stuff buy Bert Jansch. Keep doing what you're doing.

rickhayes Says:
Thursday, February 2, 2017 @10:30:40 AM

Thanks a lot Dan. I'm not a great player but I really enjoy composing tunes so I decided that I wouldn't post anything but originals on my music and video pages. No need for anybody to listen to me play a mediocre version of FMB or Soldier's Joy when there are plenty of others here who do it so much better

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