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Earl Scruggs film I had not seen before

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Jul 13, 2020 - 4:57:48 AM
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5604 posts since 10/13/2007

In reading my last Banjo Newsletter (June 2020) and Bob Piekiel's Earl's Way article I found out about this old 16mm home movie of Earl picking at neighbor's Nat Winston's house. I believe Nat put out a small recording of Earl's playing style that came with some Sears and Robuck banjos if not mistaken. Well here is the Youtube video of Earl playing and it has some good shots of his hands.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDxHws7r6qs

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Jul 13, 2020 - 6:07:04 AM
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Eric A

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There's a couple of fair looks at the bridge Earl is using. Looks to me like it would be very much on the "light" end of the spectrum of bridges being sold today.

Jul 13, 2020 - 6:31:24 AM
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6652 posts since 8/30/2004

Thanks for this great video of Earl and Nat...Earl really shows how it's all done...Jack

Originally posted by From Greylock to Bean Blossom

In reading my last Banjo Newsletter (June 2020) and Bob Piekiel's Earl's Way article I found out about this old 16mm home movie of Earl picking at neighbor's Nat Winston's house. I believe Nat put out a small recording of Earl's playing style that came with some Sears and Robuck banjos if not mistaken. Well here is the Youtube video of Earl playing and it has some good shots of his hands.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDxHws7r6qs

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Jul 13, 2020 - 6:40:39 AM
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beegee

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Magic. When is the last time you've seen guys wearing white shirts and ties in jam session?

Jul 13, 2020 - 6:45:12 AM
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beegee

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quote:
Originally posted by Eric A

There's a couple of fair looks at the bridge Earl is using. Looks to me like it would be very much on the "light" end of the spectrum of bridges being sold today.


Earl used to recommend thinning the bridge to get that sharp sound. 50 years ago almost all of us would sand down the bridges to a sharp edge. It wasn't until I tried my first Snuffy smith bridge that I became a fan of the chunkier bridges most of us use now.

Jul 13, 2020 - 8:48:46 AM

10811 posts since 4/23/2004

That was fun. I've never seen anyone (much less Earl) pick that harmonic part of Reuben before. Cool! LOL, I remember learning it (lo, these many years ago) without ever having heard it. I got everything right except the chokes... I put it away and then one day somebody played it on the radio (or somewhere) and I thought, "Oh! Now I understand..."

Was "Wildwood Flower" done by swapping keys? I didn't go back and check but Dr. Nat cranked it up in C and I think Earl's breaks were in G...but I may be just hearing things. Sounded good, of course.

Jul 13, 2020 - 11:04:03 AM

chuckv97

Canada

50785 posts since 10/5/2013

Yes , Nat in C and Earl in G. I heard him do that harmonics in Reuben on this later album he did with his boys and Vassar and Josh.




Edited by - chuckv97 on 07/13/2020 11:09:57

Jul 13, 2020 - 12:00:42 PM

843 posts since 3/23/2006

Warning: Guitar Content -- I liked Nat's G-chord fingering -- never thought of using a hooked-over thumb instead of 2rd or 34th finger to get the G on the low E-string. Interestingly, he doesn't use his thumb to get the low G on the C-chord where he alternates his 4th finger in a more conventional way.

Jul 13, 2020 - 3:19:18 PM
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Thanks for posting that Ken. It's not often we get to see Earl picking in such relaxed situations as that.  Btw: For those who missed it, Dr Nat Winston wrote the forward for Earl's book.

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