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Aug 17, 2019 - 8:37:11 PM
1 posts since 8/17/2019

Hi Banjoists!

A student of mine is looking for some modern(ish) pop arrangements of tunes, specifically Motown. I'm understand I might just have to create some new arrangements for her... but I thought I'd ask you all if you knew of a good songbook or collection I could pass on to her.


Aug 19, 2019 - 1:06:52 AM

2122 posts since 4/29/2012
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No - But if you find any let us know. The "walk in" music at my wedding was "Reach Out (I'll be there)" . It'd be great to serenade my wife with this on our anniversary.

Aug 19, 2019 - 11:53:50 AM
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Lew H


2288 posts since 3/10/2008

Not arrangements or claw, but the two CDs by the Burns Brothers, aka. Run C&W are great examples of bluegrass covers of Motown. One CD was called "Into the Twangy First Century; I forget the other's name.

Aug 19, 2019 - 12:07:01 PM
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Edited by - JoeDownes on 08/19/2019 12:07:26

Aug 20, 2019 - 9:49:24 AM
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Lew H


2288 posts since 3/10/2008

JoeDownes Thanks for listening to the youtube. I didn't know anything was posted there.
I forgot to say to BeeLee02 that these could be useful if the student can learn by ear and emulate some of these songs. The rhythm is often close to a clawhammer bum-ditty, so the transition should not be too hard.

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