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Jul 27, 2020 - 9:57:08 PM

carteru93

Canada

5400 posts since 12/14/2006

Probably two major leagues of this variation that some will recognize from my decrepit description and which do you prefer? Or more exactly WHEN and why when ending a tune?

There's the classic 'shave and a haircut...two-bits" (last two single notes)

And the faster "shave and a haircut, brush-a-brush-brush" over all strings.

When and why?

I understand it's a preference between player and tempo and tune , but curious to hear when you use them and why :)

Jul 28, 2020 - 4:39:23 AM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

24974 posts since 8/3/2003

I've used the first one numerous times on various and sundry songs. I don't think I've ever used the second one, although I'm sure others have.

Jul 28, 2020 - 7:21:25 AM

3503 posts since 3/28/2008

The choice of what S&HC to use just depends how I feel at a given moment.

Really, any four-beat phrase that resolves to the root note on the fourth beat can function as a S&HC. Since we usually do two S&HCs at the end of an instrumental, there's usually some kind of contrast between the two. For example, the first low and the second one up the neck, as Scruggs did so often. Or maybe one will approach the final root note from above, and the other from below.

I often will use a standard, generic S&HC for the first one, but customize the second one with a little phrase from the tune that we were just playing.

Edited by - Ira Gitlin on 07/28/2020 07:22:21

Jul 28, 2020 - 8:57:21 AM

6740 posts since 8/30/2004

What we're basically talking about is a "Cadential V 1 Ending. The Scruggs banjo variations could fill this topic a thousand times over enlightenedHa, I'm predicting a few hundred more posts...

Edited by - Jack Baker on 07/28/2020 08:58:54

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