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Nov 3, 2018 - 11:45:27 AM
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1131 posts since 4/8/2009

On the other Bix thread they are talking about Bix's song Davenport Blues. I have put it up on my youtube channel mrgreenmeat.com a couple of times in the last few years. Here they are the one on my Pietsch that now belongs to the wonderful talented young Jack Ray and my trusty old OME 12" head - 17 fret Tenor.
In my Chicago years I played with several musicians that had been band members with Bix. They all had very interesting stories of what a great musician he was.
I hope you enjoy my versions of "Davenport Blues". Eddy "The Manhattan Minstrel" Davis.


Nov 3, 2018 - 3:48:19 PM

3753 posts since 11/13/2005

 Love them Eddy. I found a piece of sheet music for a Bix solo of another song, and I want to play it on tenor banjo in single string. I can't quite figure out how to go about it, when it get's to Bix's solo. I know it changes keys throughout, but it's in Bb cornet......so I'm not up on transposing this stuff to C instrument.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qG31piRRl0A

Nov 3, 2018 - 7:56:14 PM
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1131 posts since 4/8/2009

David here's me playing "I'll Be A Friend with Pleasure".
Now, a Cornet is an instrument pitched in the key of B flat -- The Banjo is what we call a C instrument -- pitched in the key of C. SO -- B flat is one whole tone below C -- SO, NOW -- for a B flat instrument to play your C scale (The Banjo's C scale) The B flat instrument (Bix's Cornet) would have to play a scale a whole step higher then his C scale.
NOW -- Bix on his Cornet would have to play HIS D SCALE to match your C SCALE. SO now -- you can understand why the Jazz music is written in the FLAT KEYS (Bb - Eb - Ab - even Db) It is because when you are playing in those keys the Bb instruments are playing in their (C - F - Bb- and Eb) GOOD KEYS FOR THEM!
So on the music on that youtube of "I'll Be A Friend" please note Bix is reading the key of the music, BUT he is a Bb instrument SO What key should you be reading the song in????? Hang in till tomorrow and I'll tell you if you haven't figured it out. Eddy


Nov 4, 2018 - 5:25:36 AM

3753 posts since 11/13/2005

You have a great rendition Eddy, I love it, and I'll work on it. So.......in the sheet music.....it starts in the of Amaj? so I would need to play in the key of Gmaj to match it? and then when Bix starts his solo......he's playing in the key of Gmaj? so I'll have to play in the key of Fmaj to match it? So basically I'll have to lower his notes one whole step in the music to match him?

Thanks for the help Eddy......reading is hard for me, but I'll keep working on that too.

Edited by - davidcava on 11/04/2018 05:31:38

Nov 5, 2018 - 5:55:09 AM

3753 posts since 11/13/2005

Ok Eddy, I've got it. I just sat down and played with it this morn, I was on the road yesterday. So the Key is Gmaj at the start of the sheet music, but the Bb instruments are reading it a whole step higher than my banjo, and then the key change to Fmaj when Bix starts his solo....etc.

I'm going to Work this up in both keys and see what comes out.

Nov 5, 2018 - 6:06:52 AM

malarz

USA

276 posts since 1/5/2007

Eddy, Thanks for that good, quick tutorial on how to match up horns--the flatted instruments--with the "C" instruments.

Ken

Nov 5, 2018 - 6:14:26 AM

malarz

USA

276 posts since 1/5/2007

And,, a question? If a tenor banjo player is only playing rhythm accompaniment and s/he knows chord shapes then it should be easy to play in those flat keys in which the horns play, right? I'm new to the instrument but I've discovered that if I can find the tonic chord then with a little thought usually I can find the other chords.

I don't play chord melody--yet--so I'm assuming that playing in the flat keys in that style is more challenging.

Ken

Nov 6, 2018 - 8:50:30 AM
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banjopaolo

Italy

1088 posts since 11/6/2008

Great tune and great rendition Eddie... As always!
Thi is my banjo arrangement
Paolo


Nov 6, 2018 - 2:15:17 PM

3753 posts since 11/13/2005

That's a great version Paolo.

Nov 6, 2018 - 10:24:46 PM

Don Lewers

Australia

623 posts since 2/24/2012

Sittin' here listening to Sir Eddy on tenor, and Monsieur Paolo on plectrum, playin' Bix ....... and enjoyed every minute, now, the best of both worlds!. ....... Don.

Nov 6, 2018 - 10:44:49 PM

1131 posts since 4/8/2009

You said it "Lord" Don. That Italian guys really got it. Maybe we on this Hangout should have a Festival?

Nov 8, 2018 - 8:06:26 AM
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198 posts since 2/16/2014

@Greenmeat

Listening to Eddy's version convinces me the blues were meant to be played on the banjo.

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