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Aug 12, 2017 - 2:07:29 PM

majesty

Canada

224 posts
Joined Mar 20, 2011

If 12 tenor , and 2 plectrum banjo players plus a Tuba in a group were asked to play " Amazing Grace" how would they play it? Your challenge of the week.

Aug 14, 2017 - 7:30:36 AM

111 posts
Joined Jan 7, 2011

Probably in 3/4 time.

Aug 14, 2017 - 8:20:33 AM

Omeboy

USA

1007 posts
Joined Jun 27, 2013

Probably in a nursing home.

Aug 14, 2017 - 8:59:49 AM

majesty

Canada

224 posts
Joined Mar 20, 2011

Thanks for replying, John and Omeboy. This hymn is usually played  in 3/4 and 4/4 time, but groups sing it in 3/4 time. Mumford & Sons played it in 6/4 time.( bluegrass style) The hymn is so slow that a banjo band with several rhythm players presents a challenge to make the hymn sound good. My options seem to be: create harmonies for the melody players and silence the rhythm section, or have the rhythm section play slow arpeggios on the chords, or play straight 3/4 time on chords without accenting the first beat of each bar. Since this is a 4 string banjo forum, I thought it might create some discussion,  but maybe not. As a solo, there would be lots of tremolo on chord melody, but little rhythm. Jim

Aug 15, 2017 - 4:33:33 PM

111 posts
Joined Jan 7, 2011

I tend to create a counter melody or play chord tones during the spaces in the melody when doing back-up.

Sep 1, 2017 - 8:11:03 AM

Dogface Players Union Member

USA

1465 posts
Joined Dec 13, 2007

quote:
Originally posted by Omeboy
 

Probably in a nursing home.


LOL...great line ;)

Sep 1, 2017 - 11:40:35 AM

3915 posts
Joined May 8, 2014

My maternal grandmother, whose name was "Grace", hated this hymn.

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