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Blue Skies

Genre: Jazz  Style: Other  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by cgainey77, updated: 8/22/2014
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Notes: This is a transcription based on Tony Trischka's performance (2014) of Pete Seeger's arrangement (1955) of Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies" (1926).

2 comments

corcoran Says:
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 @6:08:04 AM
Lovely tab, thank you. To me, this arrangement demonstrates Pete Seeger's prowess on the banjo. He was far better and more versatile than many people realize. Michael

Allstrings Says:
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 @9:21:29 AM
Thank you, thank you. Yesterday I started to transcribe the Pete Seeger recording and got frustrated deciding where "one" was on a highly syncopated solo performance. Mr Trischka seems pretty faithful to Pete's record. A few different placements in rhythmic placement of chord punctuations, the sort of thing I would probably take freely myself if I ever got it memorized and up to speed. A few things that Pete did that vary: The off chord in the rhythm first seen at bar 19 is Gdim, not Gm;i.e. both strings go down a fret. The grace note passages from A to B flat on the third string, Pete plays as bends rather than hammers and pull offs. For anyone who doesn't know: The Goofing Off Suite; Pete Seeger, Folkways 1955 (10") LP A thoroughly brilliant statement of Pete Seeger, total musician, on banjo, guitar, recorder, mandolin, and voice.

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