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Apr 16, 2018 - 6:12:29 PM
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8 posts since 4/15/2018

I spent some time on this day of punishing weather painting these brook trout on my new banjo head, and then a funny thing happened. They more or less taught me their fish song. I'm sure this is derivative of a thousand things I've heard, but it really did just show up in the space of an hour. The tuning here is ECGBD, capoed at fret 2. Beyond that I really don't know what I'm up to exactly -- being self taught I lack the language to even talk much about what I'm doing. That's part of why I blundered into this place.

I know I speed up; I tried to kind of ease into it and then get going. Anyway -- looking forward to conversations and music to come with those here.

Apr 16, 2018 - 6:46:06 PM

Mooooo

USA

3598 posts since 8/20/2016

That was a beautiful fish song. They are very talented fish and they look good on your Banjo. You play swimmingly and only sped up a bit. I am sure if you play with others it wouldn't happen. Great song and nice fish. Nice to have you here.

Apr 16, 2018 - 6:49:56 PM

ClawJam Players Union Member

USA

85 posts since 12/21/2012

Awesome! Nice bottle cap too. Very cool tune and the brook trout look delicious! As Mr. Moooooo pointed out...played swimmingly indeed.

Apr 16, 2018 - 6:53 PM
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lapsteel

Canada

142 posts since 8/13/2015

Welcome Matt! Nice paint job. They will help with learning scales and FINger excercises...

Apr 16, 2018 - 7:17:15 PM

564 posts since 6/3/2013

Good song. Progressive. Bluegrass needs to be taken to another level.

Apr 16, 2018 - 8:01:01 PM

8 posts since 4/15/2018

Thanks, everybody. I have some questions.

[quote]They will help with learning scales and FINger excercises...[/quote]

There are scales? There are finger exercises? How do I learn about these?

[quote]Good song. Progressive. Bluegrass needs to be taken to another level.[/quote]

So, this is bluegrass I'm playing? I mean I seriously don't even know. A lot of what I play has more to do with blues and R&B than anything string-band-ish, and this song in particular reminded me of, I don't know, whaling songs maybe?

I have a lot to learn ...

Edited by - mirabelasunshine on 04/16/2018 20:09:51

Apr 16, 2018 - 9:20:02 PM

Chris Meakin Players Union Member

Australia

1795 posts since 5/15/2011

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Originally posted by mirabelasunshine

Thanks, everybody. I have some questions.

[quote]They will help with learning scales and FINger excercises...[/quote]

There are scales? There are finger exercises? How do I learn about these?

[quote]Good song. Progressive. Bluegrass needs to be taken to another level.[/quote]

So, this is bluegrass I'm playing? I mean I seriously don't even know. A lot of what I play has more to do with blues and R&B than anything string-band-ish, and this song in particular reminded me of, I don't know, whaling songs maybe?

I have a lot to learn ...


"There are scales? There are finger exercises?"

There are Matt, but I think he was just having fun with "fishy" words. Heaps of info here on BHO - just do a search using the magnifying glass (to the left on a PC).

Great artwork, visually and musically!

Apr 16, 2018 - 9:29:43 PM
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564 posts since 6/3/2013

quote:
Originally posted by mirabelasunshine

Thanks, everybody. I have some questions.

[quote]They will help with learning scales and FINger excercises...[/quote]

There are scales? There are finger exercises? How do I learn about these?

[quote]Good song. Progressive. Bluegrass needs to be taken to another level.[/quote]

So, this is bluegrass I'm playing? I mean I seriously don't even know. A lot of what I play has more to do with blues and R&B than anything string-band-ish, and this song in particular reminded me of, I don't know, whaling songs maybe?

I have a lot to learn ...


It is actually called Americana now. Ever since bands like Greensky Bluegrass, Old Crow Medicine Show, Travelling McCrourys, Bela Fleck, SteelDrivers, Tony Furtado, Balsaam Range, Town Mountain etc, came on the scene, Bluegrass music has gone places nobody ever dreamed of. Although Earl Scruggs made a step in that direction in 1970. 

Apr 16, 2018 - 9:30:31 PM
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Mooooo

USA

3598 posts since 8/20/2016

I wouldn't consider what you are playing to be Bluegrass at all. It doesn't sound like R&B or the Blues either. It is kind of like a modal old-time tune. You aren't using any of the licks associated with Bluegrass music whatsoever. If you are interested in learning about scales you can go to the Theory Advice Forum and at the top of the list of topics are two topics about Basic Music Theory and another on using scales. I suggest you read through those topics and see if you can learn a bit from them.

Apr 16, 2018 - 9:31:50 PM

8 posts since 4/15/2018

[quote]just having fun with "fishy" words[/quote]

OHHH ... I get it ... guess I'm living up to a stereotype, drooling outta both sides ...

Apr 17, 2018 - 1:16:13 AM

Emiel

Austria

8898 posts since 1/22/2003

Nice!

Apr 17, 2018 - 5:11:55 AM
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454 posts since 10/21/2012

You've learned yourself a style that is unique and wonderful. Your playing is fluid and rhythmic and very enjoyable. Thanks for sharing this.

Apr 17, 2018 - 5:23:43 AM
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DC5 Players Union Member

USA

1464 posts since 6/30/2015
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Hi Matt, really like your style, very unique and a very nice song. Welcome. I won't do any bad fish jokes, I think you've had enough PUNishment.

Apr 17, 2018 - 6:09:42 AM
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heavy5

USA

389 posts since 11/3/2016

A whale of a good effort , what ever it is !

Apr 17, 2018 - 8:56:46 AM
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321 posts since 8/7/2017

I echo the other's praise. Thanks for posting, I thoroughly enjoyed your song and your playing.

Apr 17, 2018 - 5:28:33 PM

564 posts since 6/3/2013

That's how Bela Fleck got started. Think outside the box.

May 1, 2018 - 4:50:13 AM

Buddur

USA

2523 posts since 10/23/2004

Beautiful trout paintings. And just as awesome is your song. Thanks for posting.

May 2, 2018 - 8:40:23 AM

4005 posts since 12/3/2008

Dancing on his own path.

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