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Jan 14, 2019 - 12:08 PM
281 posts since 2/16/2014

Is anyone familiar with Don Stevison?
I am looking for his book of song transcriptions.
I happened upon his version of bye-bye-blues and he showed a voicing i had never thought of using. I am wondering what else I am missing out on.
mike

Jan 14, 2019 - 12:32:12 PM

4783 posts since 11/13/2005

What was the voicing Mike? can you write it out? like.......0012 for Chord etc.

Jan 14, 2019 - 12:37:44 PM

288 posts since 1/27/2014

Hi Mike. I've known Don going back to shows in the 80's. While I don't have an address or phone # for him, I can tell you he's on Facebook under Donald F. Stevison. His birthday was recently and I did see where he thanked people for their bday wishes. Hope that helps!

Jan 14, 2019 - 8:08:19 PM
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281 posts since 2/16/2014

davidcava
For example 4 (5th) 2 (root) 5 (7th) 3 (Flat 3rd) A-7. I know the major 7 of this form is popular but I never use it. Not sure why. But the -7th gives a lot of breathing room to the voicing (imo).

Jan 14, 2019 - 8:10:07 PM

281 posts since 2/16/2014

@ldieckow
Hey Lance,
Thanks for that. I'll look him up.
cheers
mike

Jan 15, 2019 - 6:06:53 AM

4783 posts since 11/13/2005

I like it Mike. That's one of the first m7 positions I learned on tenor. Then I noticed most guys using 4555 position (Am7)
I've been using 0025 and 0225 lately too. All cool positions. Thanks man.

dc

Jan 15, 2019 - 7:53:29 AM

Polle Flaunoe

Denmark

5324 posts since 3/7/2006

quote:
Originally posted by davidcava

Then I noticed most guys using 4555 position (Am7)

What????  This fingering gives you an Am7 with an additional 4th on top!  Great sounding - yet only as a passing chord - IMHO!

laugh

 

Jan 15, 2019 - 8:09:24 AM

4783 posts since 11/13/2005

Aren't all m7th passing chords Polle?

Jan 22, 2019 - 8:55:42 AM
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jlmyers

USA

103 posts since 2/18/2007

quote:
Originally posted by aintbrokejustbadlybent

Is anyone familiar with Don Stevison?
I am looking for his book of song transcriptions.
I happened upon his version of bye-bye-blues and he showed a voicing i had never thought of using. I am wondering what else I am missing out on.
mike


Hi Mike:  Don is an old pal of mine from my days at the Guthrie Jazz Banjo Festival. He is a fabulous Peabody-style plectrum man who was a key member of The Sandplum Strummers, the "off-the-street" band which I led from 1995 to the end [2007]. And the crowds always responded to his hot breaks on SPOONS! He has served as President of FIGA, and has an incomparable series of books on tenor, plectrum AND Chicago tunings. I love his sets of lead sheets of ALL the old standards we all want to play...he graciously supplied copies of all the tunes we played over the years in Guthrie. His handlebar mustache says it all! I give all his stuff the highest recommendation. Go Don!

Jan 22, 2019 - 9:13:54 AM

281 posts since 2/16/2014

@jimyers

Hey James,
Thanks for the info. I have reached out to Don via Facebook but as of yet no reply. I've tried through the internet but all the pages associated with him (or least the ones I found) are no longer active. Do you happen to have contact info for him or know of a source for his material?
mike

Jan 23, 2019 - 7:32:28 PM
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427 posts since 7/20/2007

Hi Mike,

I found these email addresses for Don Stevison from 2012 on my computer, and also the link to his website from that time. You might want to give them a try. Don was an excellent banjo player as many have already noted.

e-mail: dsbanjo6@yahoo.com and/or
e-mail: dsbanjo6@banjodon.com and/or
e-mail: donstevison@hotmail.com

Web Site: banjodon.com

Frank Geiger (yellowdog)

Jan 24, 2019 - 8:56:47 AM

281 posts since 2/16/2014

yellowdog
Hey Frank,
Thanks for the info.
Cheers
mike

Jan 24, 2019 - 10:49:58 PM

Ascot

Australia

15 posts since 4/15/2016

Don is a great fellow. I have known for a number of years.
Unfortunately his is unable to play the Banjo himself after a stroke some 3 years ago.
But I am sure it would give him a new interest to make contact with you and talk music
dsbanjo6@yahoo.com

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