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Apr 10, 2020 - 11:37:59 AM
8 posts since 3/27/2020

Hey there good people,

This is not necessarily a tab request. I am trying to learn this tune and for the life of me I can't figure out the high part. Maybe one of you can give me a hint. I am playing it out of double c.

Can't post a link because this is my first post, but it can be found on the Altamont record and also on Jake Blount's album with Tatiana Hargreaves.

Thanks!

Apr 10, 2020 - 4:13:51 PM
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dbrooks

USA

3799 posts since 3/11/2004

Here's a link to the tune on the Jake Blount album.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtpjGOoxFn4

David

Apr 10, 2020 - 6:07:54 PM
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dbrooks

USA

3799 posts since 3/11/2004

I don't have  any tab - yet anyway, but I can post some links. I don't know the tune and haven't listened to it much. I the Hargreaves might be easier to tab. Which version are you using?

Tatiana and friends playing "Rolling River" in G;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0b-X9qX-go

With Jake Blount oin the Reparations CD (also in G):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtpjGOoxFn4

John Lusk and band

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSSJr7ns518

David

Apr 11, 2020 - 4:47:57 AM

8 posts since 3/27/2020

Thanks for posting those links!

I have been using both the original recording and the one on "Reparations". The banjo is easier to make out on the original.

When you say it's in G, does that mean it would be best to tune to gDGBD? I will give that a try.

Apr 11, 2020 - 6:39:23 AM
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dbrooks

USA

3799 posts since 3/11/2004

Florian, I do think that gDGBD is the better tuning, based on what I hear. I think open-G tuning is what is used in the more modern recordings. The Lusk recording seems to be in the key of G#, and I can match it with a capo on the 1st fret with gDGBD.

I'm surprised that you find the banjo clear on the original Lusk recording. I hear mostly some banjo rhythm with pull-offs on the 3rd string. I hear the banjo more clearly on the recordings with Tatiana Hargreaves, and the banjo seems to play more nelody to my ear.

David

Edited by - dbrooks on 04/11/2020 06:41:22

Apr 11, 2020 - 7:21:36 AM
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8 posts since 3/27/2020

Thanks a lot for your input, David. Funny, but I find the opposite to be true. Mostly hear rhythm playing on the Blount CD, I really like that though. Sounds almost like congas or something!

I am still a beginner and my grasp of music theory is only rudimentary. Most of the time I can trust my ears, but I just couldn't wrap my head around that high part. I will give it a try in open G and get back to you.

Thanks again!
Flo

Apr 13, 2020 - 8:49:04 AM

8 posts since 3/27/2020

David, I am even more confused now trying to play it in g. Can you tell me what you are playing or post a video? Thank you for your help!

Apr 13, 2020 - 10:44:09 AM

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Edited by - mmuussiiccaall on 04/13/2020 10:44:41

Apr 13, 2020 - 12:57:46 PM
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dbrooks

USA

3799 posts since 3/11/2004

Florian, Rick (mmuussiiccaall) may have given you all the help you need, but here ls what I hear in the Lusk and Blount recordings.

In the John Lusk recording, I hear the banjo playing low backup throughout (at least as far as I listened). I have tabbed what I hear the banjo playing, and the second line is what I hear the fiddle playing. Again this is in the key of G# (G tuning with a capo at the 1st fret or tuned up to g#D#G#CD#).

In the Blount recording, the banjo parallels the fiddle more closely. I think that is what Rick has tabbed. The measures devoted to Part A and Part B vary somewhat with Part A being 4 measures (repeated twice) mostly, and Part B being 6 measures repeated a various number of times.

See if you can make sense of these.

David


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