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Has a new banjo ever inspired you to write a new tune?

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Jun 21, 2019 - 11:27:33 AM
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227 posts since 1/30/2019

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In fact it was my banjo that made me play this. Something from its 135 year history maybe.

Anyway this sounds nice to me. Anybody else been inspired by a five string muse?

And of course it is probably derivative from some other thing in my head.

Jun 21, 2019 - 8:33:30 PM
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10546 posts since 4/15/2012

No, but a new instrument always inspires me to do a new arrangement of one or more tunes that I already know.

Jun 22, 2019 - 3:05:08 AM
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dirigible

Canada

11 posts since 3/8/2010

I love how the new instruments make my hands naturally do/try new things on them. Sometimes when I'm in a musical rut, playing on a new instrument will make everything seem fresh and inspiring again.
Hmm... I'm just going to go browse the classifieds...

Jun 22, 2019 - 3:50:56 AM
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227 posts since 1/30/2019

I bought this one to sell, but I'm not going to be able to!
Good luck!!

Jul 8, 2019 - 7:17:28 AM
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bigleaf

USA

3 posts since 5/5/2019

My first banjo, purchased in December, inspired me to write a spiritual in a clawhammer style. I was heading to an annual party whose host always requests a Christian spiritual. With me being an atheist, that usually fell to one of the other players.

But his mom had just died, and I thought I’d honor him with a spiritual. I call it The Promise. Very well received, if crying is any sign, and perhaps the best song I’ve written. I never would have even begun writing it were it not for that banjo.

Mostly I play drums and guitar. Perhaps I’ll record it and post it here.

Jul 8, 2019 - 7:48:25 AM

bigleaf

USA

3 posts since 5/5/2019

Your tune is delightful, Andrew. And it got an extra thumbs-up from my daughter. “Ah, I just love that banjo!”, said she.

Jul 8, 2019 - 11:06:32 PM

227 posts since 1/30/2019

Thanks @bigleaf and @bigleaf daughter! Not sure I'm brave enough to write and play for a funeral, but you should post your tune somehow.
Andrew

Jul 10, 2019 - 2:36:59 AM
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623 posts since 12/26/2006

Since acquiring my 1979 Stelling Super Star, ( 2 years ago ) I have to say my playing ethos has changed. This old Stelling has so much sustain and punch I find my playing going off in all manner of directions....

It is very refreshing.

regards
Dave

Jul 12, 2019 - 6:45:37 PM
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6296 posts since 6/27/2009

Composing is a delightful mystery. Your tune is moody and evocative, like a story. No title? Perhaps name it after your banjo. That's what I did. I asked Ryan Navey of Carolina Banjo Company to carve a dove onto my custom-ordered banjo from a photograph of my necklace. The result was just what I'd hoped. The tune it inspired is called Flying Dove, in the very unique tuning of gGGAD.


Jul 12, 2019 - 10:51:48 PM

227 posts since 1/30/2019

Thanks for sharing Janet, I really like your tune. Goes up and down like the flight of a dove too. Beautifully played. There's some warm CA sunshine and a cooling breeze off the seirras in that.
I have a name now, your mention of story did it. The banjo has features of EJ Cubley, but it is obviously Buckbee. I did some research, and in 1861 the Cubley factory burned down.
I guess (fantasy more than guess really) that with a burned factory the only way Cubley could carry on would be with parts or even banjos entirely bought in from elsewhere.
My tune is now called "The Morning After the Fire." Thanks again!


Jul 14, 2019 - 8:16:58 AM

6296 posts since 6/27/2009

Now that’s an excellent title, Andyrhydycreuau, and has deep meaning on many levels. In California you might have heard of last year’s terrible wildfires. Your tune expresses how victims would feel. It could be the background for a documentary depicting the devasting fires. Well done!

Jul 14, 2019 - 11:25:47 AM

227 posts since 1/30/2019

Thanks Janet. I think that would work too. Now I just need to find a banjo friendly Californian documentary maker......

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