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Jul 26, 2018 - 7:33:29 AM
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3926 posts since 11/13/2005

Love the changes in this one. Eddy has a great tutorial on his channel for the tenors. I'm sure you've played this one many times Mr. Lewers? Love to hear your version Don.

dc

Jul 27, 2018 - 9:21:22 AM
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Omeboy

USA

1565 posts since 6/27/2013

Mona Lisa With A Mustache:

You seem a little lonely on this thread, Dave, so I thought I might join you.

In some late night musical misadventure, I recorded a plectrum version back in the 90's.  But some tenor-purists out there (who don't care for an energetic plectrum style) probably won't care for it.  I completely understand. I used to be a tenor-purist a long time ago.  And admittedly, it has a lot of wristy  gymnastics tossed in since the tune lends itself to that potential. (You could say it's like drawing a mustache on the Mona Lisa: a clear cut case of musical depravity if you like. Another case of misspent  youth.)  So on that count, I plead guilty with apologies to Mr. Gershwin. (Hey, it kept me outta the streets.)......................................................................................................................................... https://www.banjohangout.org/myhangout/media-player/audio_player2.asp?musicid=41398&archived=

Jul 27, 2018 - 9:39:15 AM

3926 posts since 11/13/2005

Ooooooo Yeahhhh!.........that's some great playing/rendition Paul. I wish I could tremolo like that. I'm getting a little better at it, but slowly. Keep em coming my friend. I love it when all the banjos are ringing in here.

Jul 27, 2018 - 9:44:06 AM
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CGDA

Italy

1848 posts since 1/4/2009

Wow Paul, what a splendid technique!

Jul 28, 2018 - 5:21:23 PM
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Don Lewers

Australia

640 posts since 2/24/2012

Well played by both you and Paul Dave .... after listening to Pauls Formula One clip, I finished up with cramps in my right hand, and sweat rollin' off my brow ... that's a brutal tempo Paul, good on you!. 

Yes Dave, I used to play this great tune on tenor banjo, similar to the Eddy Peabodys version .... here's a mug shot of a teenager me, with my Gibson TB 250 in hand.

 

                                                         


Jul 28, 2018 - 9:35:44 PM
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Omeboy

USA

1565 posts since 6/27/2013

Dave, Marco and Don. . . .
Thanks for the kind words. That version was recorded 26 years ago after a good degree of practice. I doubt if I could play it at that tempo now---or would even try to, but it was a lot of fun.

BTW Don, I had a Gibson TB250 tenor when I was 17 too. Back then I didn't know there was such a thing as a "plectrum banjo," but that's another story.

davidcava CGDA Don Lewers

Jul 29, 2018 - 6:37:03 AM

3926 posts since 11/13/2005

Hey Don, I did'n know James Bond played the banjo! That's a great pic man. Do you have any old audio of you playing tenor Don? and Paul, Don, do you still have those 250's ?

Jul 29, 2018 - 10:29:03 AM

155 posts since 9/6/2016

I gotta get a plectrum...

Jul 29, 2018 - 10:38:59 AM
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Omeboy

USA

1565 posts since 6/27/2013

DAVE...

Traded off my tenor TB200 lifetime ago. As I recall, the TB250 only had a brass rod for a tone enhancement. No real tone ring in the classic sense. But I liked the bow-tie inlay it had. (Those were the days when I was twenty miles deep into John Cali's great album: The Banjo Minstrel Man. What a great album to study and learn from. The incomparable musicianship on that album forever burned itself into my DNA. That's a "must-have" album for any serious tenor student or tenor lover. Cali's brilliant counter-point melodies to the xylophone and the orchestra are absolutely second to none. And his accompanist on 2nd tenor banjo has a nuclear powered wrist. I wore out my first album of The Banjo Minstrel Man. I used to listen to it at slow speed as well as regular speed. And sometimes I would only concentrate my ear on the 2nd banjo or another instrument. That album was a feast for the ears. ) Anyway... I eventually graduated to a TB800, but finally found try true love in a B&D #4 tenor. That B&D #4 was my best tenor as long as I played it. Man, that little baby had a sweet bark like no other. It wasn't later until I discovered that David Day had basically perfected the tone ring design that you find in those higher end Bacon and Days (the rod and ring combination idea.) Currently, I own two plectrums and two five strings. Traded off my B&D #4 tenor forty-four years ago. davidcava

Edited by - Omeboy on 07/29/2018 10:49:21

Jul 29, 2018 - 12:37:07 PM

Emiel

Austria

8976 posts since 1/22/2003
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quote:
Originally posted by Omeboy

DAVE...

As I recall, the TB250 only had a brass rod for a tone enhancement. No real tone ring in the classic sense. But I liked the bow-tie inlay it had. 


That must have been a TB-150. The 250 did have a Mastertone tonering.

Jul 29, 2018 - 2:55:11 PM
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Omeboy

USA

1565 posts since 6/27/2013

I reckon so. ...................(When I was 17, my age and I.Q. were the same number.wink)


 

Edited by - Omeboy on 07/29/2018 14:55:28

Jul 29, 2018 - 3:31:41 PM

3926 posts since 11/13/2005

I will acquire the Cali album Paul.

44 years ago......I was almost 1 year old..smiley

Jul 29, 2018 - 3:52:30 PM
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Omeboy

USA

1565 posts since 6/27/2013

..............................davidcava
Dave,
Try to get the stereo version if you can. There are several on Ebay right now.
Then if you can digitize it for yourself, at least you won't wear it out. That's what I do for all the LPs I really care about. Cali was known for his great counterpoint work. He was one of the very best at it.

Aug 8, 2018 - 9:26:11 AM
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jlmyers

USA

96 posts since 2/18/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Omeboy

Mona Lisa With A Mustache:

You seem a little lonely on this thread, Dave, so I thought I might join you.

In some late night musical misadventure, I recorded a plectrum version back in the 90's.  But some tenor-purists out there (who don't care for an energetic plectrum style) probably won't care for it.  I completely understand. I used to be a tenor-purist a long time ago. 

Great performance,sir. Mustache is right! I get that reference. Breakneck tempos were a hallmark of the YFM style under the leadership of the inimitable Joel Schiavone. When visiting one of the locations, he would lead the band that night and almost no sideman could keep up with him after the key/tempo changes that were part of the formula. I've never seen any human play that FAST. We were all unapologetically fast and loud...and the crowds back then loved it. Golden memories. Guess I'll go listen to some fine classical music now: Spike Jones.  .............................................................................................. https://www.banjohangout.org/myhangout/media-player/audio_player2.asp?musicid=41398&archived=


Aug 8, 2018 - 9:52:31 AM

Omeboy

USA

1565 posts since 6/27/2013

Thanks, Jim. I sure appreciate always hearing from a fellow plec player. We're nearly an extinct species here on the BHO.  I guess if I played "Strike Up The Band" now, I'd probably slow it down, but I'm not sure I would change it beyond that. You know how you fall into old ruts sometimes. I'll have to dig out Peabody's version because I'm sure that had an influence on me back when I recorded it.

I contacted Joel Schiavone many years ago when I was a college student. I was putting a TV show together dedicated to the history of the banjo. Joel sent me some 8 x 10 glossies of the Mustache clubs for the segment on the rebirth and phenomena of the "banjo clubs." I never forgot is kindness and later returned all his photos. A peach of a guy. Wish I could have worked for him back in the day. Thanks again, Jim........................jlmyers

Edited by - Omeboy on 08/08/2018 10:03:46

Aug 9, 2018 - 12:49:38 AM
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Don Lewers

Australia

640 posts since 2/24/2012

quote:
Originally posted by davidcava

Hey Don, I did'n know James Bond played the banjo! That's a great pic man. Do you have any old audio of you playing tenor Don? and Paul, Don, do you still have those 250's ?


Dave, when I changed over to plectrum banjo, I had my tenor neck, replaced with a plectrum neck, and it sounded really good, typical of Gibsons! ..... but I eventually sold it, after my brothers Vega came my way .... and that's another story.

My Dad recorded all the radio and TV shows I played in back then on cassettes, they were good quality, but unfortunately whil'st in storage in my back yard shed, they were invaded by ant nests, and completely destroyed!!!.  At least the ants dug my music.    smiley ...... Don.

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