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Mar 29, 2020 - 1:10:21 PM
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4050 posts since 12/3/2008

Gold Tone CEB-5 cello banjo
double C - gCGCD

Mar 29, 2020 - 1:18:45 PM

2184 posts since 12/31/2005

What key/mode would that be? I know you're in double c in terms of tuning. Excellent tune. I could envision the harem dancing around me as I puffed the opium.

Mar 29, 2020 - 2:47:43 PM



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Very nice. I enjoy your playing.

Mar 29, 2020 - 5:16 PM

4050 posts since 12/3/2008

Thanks, Lloyd. Much appreciated.

The piece is in the Phrygian dominant scale. You can read about it here. The scale occurs in Indian, Middle Eastern, Eastern European, Central Asian, Flamenco music, and elsewhere, like Colorado.  

I'll list the notes, then how to get there.

G G#/Ab B C D Eb F G

Although tuned double C, I'm in a G mode. 

3rd string open (G)

3rd string, 1st fret (G#/Ab)

3rd string, 4th fret (B)

2nd string open (C)

1st string open (D)

1st string, 1st fret (Eb)

1st string, 3rd fret (F)

1st string, 5th fret (G)


On the next higher octave I'm playing the scale just on the 1st string:

5th fret, 6th, 9th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 17th

Moving down from the open G:  

3rd string, open

4th string, 5th fret

4th string, 3rd fret

4th string, 2nd fret

4th string, open

That takes you down to a D note, which is not the tonic (starting note of the scale), so to resolve, you walk it back up to 3rd string, open, which is G. 

Playing more on the 2nd string (open, 2nd fret, 3rd, 5th) can be very effective.

Although I'm not doing it in this piece, it can be beneficial to find the notes on the 2nd, 3th, and 4th strings, in the upper range. 

You can't make a mistake in this tuning; every combination of notes sound good, so it's a good mode in which to improvise. Also, doing 2 or 3 note chords can bring out some nice colors, like you hear in Flamenco. 

Mar 29, 2020 - 5:40:59 PM

4050 posts since 12/3/2008

Hey, thanks Brian. Glad you enjoyed it.

Mar 29, 2020 - 6:12:18 PM

Bart Veerman


4613 posts since 1/5/2005

Great tune yes

Mar 29, 2020 - 6:42:31 PM

4050 posts since 12/3/2008

Thanks, Bart! I've graduated to one of your superlative bridges. You made it for the Missing Link, but it also worked great on cello banjo.

Apr 2, 2020 - 3:59:22 AM



1178 posts since 6/10/2004

Totally cool and thanks for the write-up - now I have something to play around with sitting here at home :-)

Apr 4, 2020 - 12:46:52 PM

4050 posts since 12/3/2008

Thanks, Ken. I'd be interested to hear what you come up with.
Best regards from Colorado to Switzerland!

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