Does any one know what style Pete uses to play the Pigtown Fling? Does anyone have TABS for Pete's version of the Pigtown Fling? Any & all info would be greatly appreciated.
This is it:
I think it's just three-finger picking, with sometimes a brush. It doesn't sound like Scruggs-style, so let's call it oldtime three-finger picking.
Yup! Thanks! Thought it might be 3-finger picking, just wasn't sure.
That is sweet. Sounds like it is not too complicated to pick up. (I hope)
Sounds like two separate players, one very melodic style similar to Bill Keith or Tony Trisika , one more simple, (probably Pete). Anyway, nice blend.
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Reminds us, as has been recently noted in another thread, that Pete Seeger was a really good banjo player. I agree that it’s an old-time (and remarkably melodic) 3-finger style.
It is two banjos, but I think plays the "melodic" part and there is another player making the back-up accompaniment. Pigtown Fling is not a too difficult tune, and Pete Seeger was absolutely a really good banjo player.
Maybe a bit out of topic, but it reminds me of Pigtown Fling by Stefan Grosman on guitar.
This duet is perfect and Pete Seeger is (I think) playing both banjo parts, he was a master in harmony and accompaniement.
Here you can download the "Banks of Marble and Other Songs" liner notes. And yes it's the same tune Stefan Grosman plays in a more ragtime way.
I agree with Jean Louis. It is Pete Seeger playing both banjo parts in Pigtown Fling. I listened to the other tracks on the LP, and in most songs there are multiple instruments. According to the liner notes the recording of the LP took 8 months and were done in the garage of Fred Hellerman (from the Weavers) who had an 8 track recording machine. Pete used to give credit to other musicians so I presume he was the only musician.
In case anyone wants to play something similar but doesn't have Pete's abilities, this is a fun version and easy enough to pick up in about 5 minutes.. The poster goes thru it slow a few times and then takes up speed.
Edited by - plunkyjunkie on 05/30/2020 10:37:04
This piece was published in "The Banjo Player's Favorite" by Zarh Myron Bickford (formally Myron A. Bickford) in 1918.
I posted my say on the "PeteSeeger" group site. It is a duet (clear when listening on headphones) , two-finger lead (left ear), three finger harmony (right ear), and marvelous all the way around.
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