I like playing "Nashville Blues". I think it sounds different that most banjo tunes and enjoy listening to it. It is one of those tunes that gets listeners attention and doesn't require much effort. Unfortunately I don't find many other stringed instrument players wanting to take a "break". So I am thinking about working on a medley consisting of several tunes in that tuning.
I have no trouble finding tunes in "D" tuning. But I haven't come across that many tunes in Dm tuning. I do play "Lonesome Fiddle Blues" in Dm using standard tuning. Playing it requires full concentration.
If you are familiar with a quality banjo tab for any tune you provide, I would appreciate knowing how to acquire the tab.
Thanks In Advance
Larry Perkins recorded one he got from Earl, "Instrumental in D Minor" (never named otherwise). Very nice. The B part is all chimes/harmonics. The A part is slightly reminiscent of Nashville Blues. Larry put out 2 LPs back around the early. The one with this tune is called "A Touch of the Past". Pinecastle 1022.
Just found it on the electric UTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb9P0DpvoFY
Edited by - The Old Timer on 11/13/2020 16:24:57
Heres a link to bela flecks the legend.
Edited by - stanleytone on 11/13/2020 16:30:22
You could work up “Shady Grove” in d minor tuning
Sally in the Garden, tab at Perlman's Homespun. Home with the Girls in the Morning wanders into Dm. banjered
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Tommy Jarrell’s eerie version of “Forked Deer” sets well in Dm tuning.
Not an instrumental, but Ron Block plays "Bright Sunny South" (Alison Krauss and Union Station, "New Favorite", also on "Live") in D minor tuning, capo 2 for the E minor song.
Lonesome Fiddle Blues
Pastures of Plenty
we used to do the old beatles tune "things we said today" in D minor,,,, it worked out pretty good,, been so long ago.
I am going with "Shady Grove". I am going to learn it on banjo and flatpicking guitar. I will continue the hunt for one more tune. Then I will have a 3 tune medley in the key of Dm.
I used to play a banjo medley that included "Battle Hymn of the Republic", "Dixie", and another tune I can't remember. In fact, I can't remember how to play that medley.
Lonesome Moonlight Waltz (Bill Monroe)
I play fiddle. I have found some fiddle tunes hard to get sounding "right" on the banjo.
Both instruments have different abilities and disabilities. I don't think my banjo playing is good enough to play that tune on the banjo. When I play a fiddle tune I already play on the fiddle, it sounds more like an approximation that faithful reproduction. The fiddle tunes sound pretty good on the guitar though.
Edited by - Richard Hauser on 11/19/2020 07:09:07
I acquired music for Shady Grove. The author of this banjo music plays the tune in Dm. I always use "A D F A D" tuning when playing in Dm. But this version of Shady Grove uses "A D F B D" tuning. Tuning wise, that tuning is more convenient, but is it commonly used ?
I never retune anymore,,too lazy. I play Shady Grove in D minor with regular G tuning, 5th spiked at 7, same with Southern Flavor which I capo at 2 to put me in E minor. I only play a few fiddle tunes on banjo melodically,, others more Scruggs-style. I figure the fiddle, mandolin, and guitar already played all the exact notes ; why not do something more banjoistic for variety. Then when the fiddle comes back in it’s more impactful. (That’s my excuse for avoiding melodic playing,..lol)
Edited by - chuckv97 on 11/26/2020 09:23:43
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