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Mar 3, 2019 - 5:02:19 PM
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53 posts since 11/29/2010

I like the verse to “Bye Bye Blues” much more than the chorus, hence the array of substitutions. 

https://youtu.be/iC-Bqir4IQk

Edited by - pdinneen1 on 03/03/2019 17:05:17

Mar 3, 2019 - 5:09 PM
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4783 posts since 11/13/2005

Damn...I LOVE it Patrick!

Mar 3, 2019 - 5:12:31 PM

4783 posts since 11/13/2005

Where are you from Patrick?

Mar 3, 2019 - 5:27:50 PM
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53 posts since 11/29/2010

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Where are you from Patrick?


Grew up in Portland and Seattle. Live in Sioux Falls, SD. 

Mar 3, 2019 - 5:32:38 PM

4783 posts since 11/13/2005

Great banjo playing......more Please! You play different than most Plectrum players I've heard.

Mar 3, 2019 - 5:56:01 PM
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434 posts since 9/6/2014

Ditto everything David said! That was great -- I liked every twist and turn you took. Just beautiful. Thanks for posting it.

Mar 3, 2019 - 6:30:09 PM
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53 posts since 11/29/2010

Here you go, David:

youtu.be/A-zxyaUszuU

Mar 3, 2019 - 6:36:21 PM

4783 posts since 11/13/2005

Fantastic Patrick.............I can't tell you how much I love it. Beautiful. Thank You. I hope you stick around here, and post often.

Mar 3, 2019 - 6:57:33 PM
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53 posts since 11/29/2010

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Fantastic Patrick.............I can't tell you how much I love it. Beautiful. Thank You. I hope you stick around here, and post often.


Thank you for the kind words, David. I grew up with Brad Roth as my mentor and later succeeded him in Banjomania when he left to pursue a career outside of music. Since then, I’ve worked on expanding my own harmonic abilities and progressing the instrument beyond the stereotypes, typical genre(s) and repertoire. I’m a huge Pat Metheny fan and study his music almost everyday so this is bleeds into my playing. By the way, we have a group on Facebook called “Contemporary 4-String Banjo” where we talk a lot about pushing the instrument forward, music theory, etc. 

Mar 3, 2019 - 7:11:11 PM

1580 posts since 9/13/2018

Beautiful Patrick! I really like your style.

Bruce

Edited by - yeoldbanjoguy on 03/03/2019 19:11:30

Mar 3, 2019 - 7:12:46 PM

4783 posts since 11/13/2005

I love your style, and I'm anxious to hear what other Plectrum players think of your approach. I love Metheny....but he's over my head. I would love to hear your version of "James".

Mar 3, 2019 - 7:21:12 PM

170 posts since 3/19/2018

Elegant Playing, thank you Patrick.

Jan

Mar 3, 2019 - 7:21:59 PM

4783 posts since 11/13/2005

I know it's like asking for FMB in the Bluegrass, but I would dearly love to hear it.

Mar 3, 2019 - 7:47:06 PM
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53 posts since 11/29/2010

A great tune! I haven’t learned it, yet. I’ve been working on “Night Turns Into Day”, one of my all-time favorite ballads of his. The Kin group albums have kept me busy, too.

Here’s the main theme from the movie Cinema Paradiso. I recently switched to flat-wound 3rd and 4th strings in my Vox I. On this particular song I tuned the banjo down a whole step (Bb-F-A-C). 

https://youtu.be/izAUpehifx4

Mar 3, 2019 - 8:01:32 PM

4783 posts since 11/13/2005

Beautiful playing........I love it so much

I'm not on facebook, I'm a bit of a hick in the computer dept., but would love to hear what the group is up to.

Edited by - davidcava on 03/03/2019 20:02:14

Mar 3, 2019 - 8:35:48 PM
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Don Lewers

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quote:
Originally posted by pdinneen1


Here’s the main theme from the movie Cinema Paradiso. I recently switched to flat-wound 3rd and 4th strings in my Vox I. On this particular song I tuned the banjo down a whole step (Bb-F-A-C). 

Enjoyed those close harmonies Patrick, it's a lovely tune, well played!.  A friend of mine has a similar Vega Vox to yours, and they produce a wonderful tone that's f'sure. I'm just goin' to revisit your ''Bye Bye Blues'' video ....... I've just about sorted out all your chord inversions!!!!  and you're spot on, the verse is a keeper. ..... Don.


Mar 3, 2019 - 8:58:26 PM

4783 posts since 11/13/2005

As you know, I don't play Plectrum Don....but what do you mean by "close" harmonies?

Mar 3, 2019 - 10:04:23 PM
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168 posts since 9/6/2016

I have to say, again, this is wonderful swing and wonderful tone. Thanks so much for posting this. Really, it reminds me of George Van Eps; the voiceleading is that smooth.

Now to seek out that Facebook group...

Mar 3, 2019 - 10:41:09 PM
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Don Lewers

Australia

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Dave, the tuning of a plectrum banjo's ideal for playing harmonies, whereas the tenor banjo is somewhat limited.
These are either 3rd, 5th, and 7th harmonies, and it's the 7th harmony that I regard as close. eg. a Dm7, the 7th harmony to the D note is a C ..... a Dmaj7, the 7th harmony to the D note is a C#. By playing these harmonies on the C and B strings, we can also include another harmony on the G string, or add another on the D string .... in so creating close harmonies. In my video ''Welcome To My World'' I do my best at demonstrating harmonies, which are based on scale chords. Hope that helps Dave. ...... Don.

Mar 4, 2019 - 12:19:33 AM
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576 posts since 6/25/2006

Beautiful playing, Patrick - love that mellow, jazzy sound. I hope you keep posting here.

Mar 4, 2019 - 3:39:24 AM

53 posts since 11/29/2010

quote:
Originally posted by Don Lewers

Dave, the tuning of a plectrum banjo's ideal for playing harmonies, whereas the tenor banjo is somewhat limited.
These are either 3rd, 5th, and 7th harmonies, and it's the 7th harmony that I regard as close. eg. a Dm7, the 7th harmony to the D note is a C ..... a Dmaj7, the 7th harmony to the D note is a C#. By playing these harmonies on the C and B strings, we can also include another harmony on the G string, or add another on the D string .... in so creating close harmonies. In my video ''Welcome To My World'' I do my best at demonstrating harmonies, which are based on scale chords. Hope that helps Dave. ...... Don.


Exactly. I tend to play a lot of close harmonies like major6/7, major7/9, minor/major7, dominant13, and major(b9). Theyre ethereal and sometimes haunting, yet produce great tension which may or may not be resolved depending where the song is leading me at that particular playing. 

Mar 4, 2019 - 3:53:28 AM

53 posts since 11/29/2010

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Originally posted by Don Lewers
quote:
Originally posted by pdinneen1


Here’s the main theme from the movie Cinema Paradiso. I recently switched to flat-wound 3rd and 4th strings in my Vox I. On this particular song I tuned the banjo down a whole step (Bb-F-A-C). 

Enjoyed those close harmonies Patrick, it's a lovely tune, well played!.  A friend of mine has a similar Vega Vox to yours, and they produce a wonderful tone that's f'sure. I'm just goin' to revisit your ''Bye Bye Blues'' video ....... I've just about sorted out all your chord inversions!!!!  and you're spot on, the verse is a keeper. ..... Don.


 


Might you be referring to either Peter Hooper or Peter Allen? Both have lovely instruments. I was fortunate enough to spend some time with Peter Allen while on tour in Australia - such a super great guy!

Mar 4, 2019 - 4:22:03 AM
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malarz

USA

384 posts since 1/5/2007

Well! Those two videos are a revelation on how the banjo can be played. Thanks for sharing your talent and interpretations.

Ken

Mar 4, 2019 - 10:29:50 AM
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289 posts since 1/27/2014

Brilliant playing Patrick. Love your touch and oh my the chords. Just a joy to listen to and watch! Smooth playing sir.

Mar 4, 2019 - 11:24:04 AM
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Omeboy

USA

1920 posts since 6/27/2013

Many, many years ago (back in the Nineties), I had to follow Pat on the Saturday night FIGA show in New Orleans. That's something you don't forget. Of course, he was just sensational on the Vox. And as I watched him play, I was glad I had spent a long time in the woodshed. Pat ended his set to tremendous applause. As soon as I took they stage, I said to the crowd: "How would you like to follow that act!!?? Now you know who got the short straw." I think they laughed. So I did my thing and managed to keep the banjo coals simmering. First guy I saw as I left the stage was Pat. He complimented my playing. He didn't have to do that. It was
mighty kind of him and it made it all worthwhile.  Thanks for that memory, Pat, and thanks for your posts.  (I too wish more people would play original verses instead of substitutes and I don't understand why they don't.)

Mar 4, 2019 - 12:16:32 PM

CGDA

Italy

1905 posts since 1/4/2009

Great job, Patrick!

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