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Zemir_Atik

Genre: Other  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by BrentSims, updated: 2/10/2016
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Notes: This is a wonderful traditional eastern European Jewish tune which I arranged for banjo. This is one of those tunes you can get lost in and play until the strings on your banjo wear out. I think my arrangement works rather nicely on a Open G tuned banjo. Be forewarned, however, I am one of the worst banjo players on the planet so if you just want to hear the tune I suggest playing the MIDI as I played (assuming we can call it “playing”) the MP3 on my favorite banjo. Enjoy.

7 comments

Aschmuckwithstrings Says:
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @12:36:47 AM
It's a nice little work out for your left hand. It needs some work to be suitable as a solo piece (Lot of lonely notes around). I'd have a friend (You're a Jew, so you know a guy) grab a darbuka or something and play that basic one and TWO AND three and FOUR and one and TWO AND three and four (Od na-SHU-VA el ni-GUN atik [TWO AND three and FOUR]) This is a dance song! All in all, what's tabbed here feels underwhelming, but is an interesting way to use you banjo, certainly. If you have an ensemble, keep it as it is.

Aschmuckwithstrings Says:
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @12:42:28 AM
Oh, right. One more thing. If you're just going for the melody to begin with, after the first open 1, 2, 3 pinch, cut out the G, D, second 1 2 3 pinch. When they reappear at "Tovu", cut them like a bad habit a second time. You won't make any Ashkenazim Amishim playing those notes. Is this a dance song or not?

Aschmuckwithstrings Says:
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @12:45:11 AM
Also, dude, space out your Tovus. Slow down. Toooovuuuuu Tovu ohalenu. kiiiiiiii maaaaacholllll he-eef-tzi-ah.

Aschmuckwithstrings Says:
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @12:50:28 AM
This is a great recording: http://www.shira.net/music/musicclips/zemer-atik-auth.mp3

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