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Nov 13, 2020 - 4:16:25 PM
2388 posts since 2/10/2013

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

Nov 13, 2020 - 4:24:01 PM

13596 posts since 10/30/2008

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.

Edited by - The Old Timer on 11/13/2020 16:24:57

Nov 13, 2020 - 4:28:29 PM

3487 posts since 7/12/2006

Heres a link to bela flecks the legend. 

Edited by - stanleytone on 11/13/2020 16:30:22

Nov 13, 2020 - 4:48:10 PM



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You could work up “Shady Grove” in d minor tuning

Nov 13, 2020 - 5:41:12 PM

3960 posts since 10/13/2005

Sally in the Garden, tab at Perlman's Homespun. Home with the Girls in the Morning wanders into Dm. banjered

Nov 13, 2020 - 6:02:23 PM
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24237 posts since 6/25/2005

Tommy Jarrell’s eerie version of “Forked Deer” sets well in Dm tuning.

Nov 13, 2020 - 9:19:45 PM

182 posts since 4/3/2009

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.

Nov 14, 2020 - 8:42:17 AM

7042 posts since 2/14/2006

Lonesome Fiddle Blues

Nov 16, 2020 - 9:20:53 PM
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Pastures of Plenty

Nov 16, 2020 - 9:27:16 PM

6129 posts since 9/5/2006

we used to do the old beatles tune "things we said today" in D minor,,,, it worked out pretty good,, been so long ago.

Nov 18, 2020 - 6:56:34 AM
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2388 posts since 2/10/2013

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.

Nov 18, 2020 - 7:21:26 AM



9338 posts since 7/1/2006

Lonesome Moonlight Waltz (Bill Monroe)

Nov 19, 2020 - 7:05:48 AM

2388 posts since 2/10/2013


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

Nov 26, 2020 - 6:29:52 AM

2388 posts since 2/10/2013

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 ?

Nov 26, 2020 - 9:21:07 AM



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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,

Edited by - chuckv97 on 11/26/2020 09:23:43

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