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Nov 20, 2019 - 6:38:24 PM
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bellf

Australia

263 posts since 7/13/2014

Here's a classic banjo piece by A.J. Weidt. This is my first attempt at learning a reasonably complicated tune from standard notation. If I had a nylon string banjo, I'd play it without fingerpicks.


Nov 20, 2019 - 7:10:16 PM
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Mooooo

USA

7199 posts since 8/20/2016

I loved listening to that tune Bell. I am also glad you don't have nylon strings, your tone with picks is so nice, I think with nylon strings it sounds annoyingly plucky, people tend to pluck it up to sound like old recordings made on crappy equipment. Anyway, excellent picking and tone. Encore!

Nov 20, 2019 - 7:21:36 PM
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bellf

Australia

263 posts since 7/13/2014

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Originally posted by Mooooo

I loved listening to that tune Bell. I am also glad you don't have nylon strings, your tone with picks is so nice, I think with nylon strings it sounds annoyingly plucky, people tend to pluck it up to sound like old recordings made on crappy equipment. Anyway, excellent picking and tone. Encore!


Thanks Mike. I'm pretty happy with the tone on this, but I would like to give a nylon string a try. For some modern folks who play in the classic style, and don't sound too "plucky" (to my ears anyway) check out some of Aaron Jonah Lewis's stuff. Also the Titanic String Band sound pretty good too.

Nov 21, 2019 - 6:55:54 AM
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hoodoo

Canada

565 posts since 10/6/2017

I uploaded a version of this about a year ago. Its a great tune to play. I especially love the last part!

Nov 21, 2019 - 2:55:59 PM

bellf

Australia

263 posts since 7/13/2014

Hi Hoodoo. I just found your recording now. I like your nylon string sound.

Nov 21, 2019 - 3:04:33 PM
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119 posts since 4/25/2016

Gonna have to listen to this one later. I hate that I didn't bring my earbuds to work.

Nov 21, 2019 - 5:17:57 PM
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Great playing-- I love me some Weidt!

Interesting trivia, about 1922-22 Weidt had so many plectrum students that he started to keep a regular banjo strung with wire strings and would play it fingerstyle.  He was one of the first (and perhaps only) professional classic fingerstyle banjoist to use wire strings.

Other trivia, Weidt lived in/near a swamp so he might have gotten frustrated with the effects of humidity on gut strings, steel just rust which was likely the real reason for the switch.

He was not using Hawaiian Guitar picks though, just bare fingers.

Great job on the bridge and trio.  Modulation is not a normal thing for banjoists these days and you handled it well.

Nov 21, 2019 - 7:45:48 PM

bellf

Australia

263 posts since 7/13/2014

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Originally posted by Joel Hooks

Great playing-- I love me some Weidt!

Interesting trivia, about 1922-22 Weidt had so many plectrum students that he started to keep a regular banjo strung with wire strings and would play it fingerstyle.  He was one of the first (and perhaps only) professional classic fingerstyle banjoist to use wire strings.

Other trivia, Weidt lived in/near a swamp so he might have gotten frustrated with the effects of humidity on gut strings, steel just rust which was likely the real reason for the switch.

He was not using Hawaiian Guitar picks though, just bare fingers.

Great job on the bridge and trio.  Modulation is not a normal thing for banjoists these days and you handled it well.

 


Thanks Joel. Interesting trivia about Mr Weidt. From my (not very deep) investigations, it seems that Weidt liked to write tunes using the raised bass. Is that your impression? Also, do you know if there are any professional recordings of Onion Rag in existence?

Nov 22, 2019 - 5:30:37 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by bellf
quote:
Originally posted by Joel Hooks

Great playing-- I love me some Weidt!

Interesting trivia, about 1922-22 Weidt had so many plectrum students that he started to keep a regular banjo strung with wire strings and would play it fingerstyle.  He was one of the first (and perhaps only) professional classic fingerstyle banjoist to use wire strings.

Other trivia, Weidt lived in/near a swamp so he might have gotten frustrated with the effects of humidity on gut strings, steel just rust which was likely the real reason for the switch.

He was not using Hawaiian Guitar picks though, just bare fingers.

Great job on the bridge and trio.  Modulation is not a normal thing for banjoists these days and you handled it well.

 


Thanks Joel. Interesting trivia about Mr Weidt. From my (not very deep) investigations, it seems that Weidt liked to write tunes using the raised bass. Is that your impression? Also, do you know if there are any professional recordings of Onion Rag in existence?


Yes, my impression is that he did often indicate to raise the 4th one step.

That said, I play them without raising the 4th (I avoid raising the 4th as much as I can).

Recordings-- not that I know of.  Weidt hit his peak output as people stopped caring about regular banjos.

It is also interesting that American popular recording banjoists tended not to record pieces composed for banjo with rare exception (Darkies Dream/Awakening, Cupid's Arrow, Tyro Mazrka, etc.).  So Weidt did not make the cut. 

Weidt was a big part of the Guild of Mandolinist, Banjoists, and Guitarists.  There is lots of info on him in the "Cadenza" and "Crescendo" magazines.

https://urresearch.rochester.edu/institutionalPublicationPublicView.action?institutionalItemVersionId=32603

https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/collections/the-cadenza#/?tab=navigation

Nov 22, 2019 - 6:00:21 AM
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DC5

USA

7898 posts since 6/30/2015

Nice Job

Nov 22, 2019 - 6:30:46 AM
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pickn5

USA

1380 posts since 8/8/2012

Bell, nice one. Enjoyable listening.

Nov 25, 2019 - 1:17:23 AM

bellf

Australia

263 posts since 7/13/2014

Thanks Dave and Jeff. And thanks for the links Joel.

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