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Apr 29, 2021 - 11:56:42 PM
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squiblax

China

8 posts since 6/6/2018

youtu.be/prbGlOhB7Ss

He plays it at around the 2:40 mark, and again a few more times during the skit.

Would really love to learn it. If I knew the name, I could look up the tabs.

Cheers.

Apr 30, 2021 - 12:21:56 AM

phb

Germany

2739 posts since 11/8/2010

Do you mean the opening notes of what he is playing? That seems to be a C chord played 1st, 2nd, 3rd string and then some filler notes and then a G chord. I guess slowing it down in the youtube player (speed setting in the little cogwheel menu) you should be able to figure it out.

Apr 30, 2021 - 4:41:07 AM
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beegee

USA

22385 posts since 7/6/2005

I would call it Jerome.

Apr 30, 2021 - 5:02:16 AM
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KCJones

USA

1488 posts since 8/30/2012

It might be controversial but I'll come right out and say it.

This 'Steve Martin' guy is pretty funny.

Apr 30, 2021 - 6:22:13 AM

squiblax

China

8 posts since 6/6/2018

quote:
Originally posted by KCJones

This 'Steve Martin' guy is pretty funny.


Yeah, I'm happy I discovered him. Seems like a pretty cool up and coming comedian. I hope to see more of him in the future.

Apr 30, 2021 - 6:28:48 AM

11 posts since 5/21/2017

I don't know the name of this, but I've wondered the same! 100% with you on this one, would love to learn it - I think slowing the play speed may be the best option.

Apr 30, 2021 - 7:03:59 AM
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3769 posts since 3/28/2008

It's not strictly a bluegrass technique. Notice how he does downstrokes with his ring finger. That looks like he may have adapted it from Pete Seeger's "basic strum".

Apr 30, 2021 - 11:16:35 AM
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71 posts since 10/13/2010

quote:
Originally posted by squiblax
quote:
Originally posted by KCJones

This 'Steve Martin' guy is pretty funny.


Yeah, I'm happy I discovered him. Seems like a pretty cool up and coming comedian. I hope to see more of him in the future.


I don't know, I've been told by many he's a "Jerk" and a "Dirty Rotten Scoundrel", but that could be because he's really just a "Lonely Guy"

Apr 30, 2021 - 11:24:27 AM

KCJones

USA

1488 posts since 8/30/2012

"People that can't find work... Instead of giving them money, we should just give them a banjo." This is the kind of forward thinking economic leadership I can get behind.

As far as the lick goes, it's just a C-G-D-G progression with some pull-offs and hammer-ons. Start at C, pull off down to G, hammer on to D, then pull off to G. Then a little run up the scale back to the C chord (E note).

  

Apr 30, 2021 - 5:24:07 PM

11726 posts since 6/2/2008
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I saw Steve Martin at the Cellar Door in Washington, D.C., in early 1974, before he hit it big, as the opening act for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.  William McEuen (John's brother) was manager of both acts.

Apr 30, 2021 - 6:14:34 PM

cevant

USA

158 posts since 2/5/2020

I think it sounds pretty close to the last two bars of one of these verses, only played using up-picking style instead of straight clawhammer.  But there must be a lot of tunes that use this riff.

youtu.be/5aYfOLsACAQ

Edited by - cevant on 04/30/2021 18:16:15

May 3, 2021 - 9:52:21 PM

562 posts since 10/4/2018

He uses this same tune for his tune that goes "oh death and grief and sorrow and murder' from the Let's Get Small Lp

https://youtu.be/4hErQyZbwlo?t=367

May 4, 2021 - 8:46:26 AM
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May 4, 2021 - 9:50:09 PM
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squiblax

China

8 posts since 6/6/2018

quote:
Originally posted by mmuussiiccaall

here it is


 

 

You sir, are a gentleman and a scholar!

May 10, 2021 - 6:26:45 AM
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Helix

USA

14062 posts since 8/30/2006

This riff is called Kinda hurts my fangers.

May 16, 2021 - 7:57:29 AM

5860 posts since 7/12/2004

I saw that when He handed banjo to someone, it was a Gibson Florintine. With custom neck.

May 16, 2021 - 1:41:49 PM

6127 posts since 10/13/2007

quote:
Originally posted by pick1936

I saw that when He handed banjo to someone, it was a Gibson Florintine. With custom neck.


Thanks Lee, I was wondering that when I saw all the work on the resonator.

ken

May 26, 2021 - 7:14:44 AM

Thor

USA

4226 posts since 7/5/2003

quote:
Originally posted by Old Hickory

I saw Steve Martin at the Cellar Door in Washington, D.C., in early 1974, before he hit it big, as the opening act for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.  William McEuen (John's brother) was manager of both acts.


... and of course, Bill McEuen also produced the banjo side of Steve's "The Steve Martin Brothers" album.


 

May 26, 2021 - 4:02:01 PM

11726 posts since 6/2/2008
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quote:
Originally posted by squiblax

Would really love to learn it. If I knew the name, I could look up the tabs.


Not every picking pattern has a name.

As Ira Gitlin says, it sounds like it's based on a Pete Seeger strum. To me, it sounds and looks like a very good attempt to capture clawhammer sound using three fingers with picks. Steve plays both three-finger and clawhammer and so I'm guessing he made this up. Or worked it up together with John McEuen.

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