Banjo Hangout Logo
Banjo Hangout Logo

Premier Sponsors

676
Banjo Lovers Online


Jun 24, 2021 - 6:32:43 PM
like this

banjoy

USA

9734 posts since 7/1/2006
Online Now

This is my very simple arrangement of this cool tune "Dance With Me" from the 1970s. Another in the series of "Me Banjo, My Self and I" all banjo arrangement videos I'll be messing around with from time to time.

Another very "organic" recording LOL wink I hope to get better at this as I go...

The internal piezo pickup in my Nechville is a bit harsh sounding to me so I'll be shopping around for a decent microphone so I can make these sound just a little smoother and better. I'll hold off on making any more of these until I can get that worked out.

But for now I'm just having a little fun. I hope you enjoy. smiley

============

JUNE 26 ADDITION: I created tablature which pretty much covers the lead I'm doing in the video, it's posted to BHO archives at this link.


Edited by - banjoy on 06/28/2021 07:54:44

Jun 24, 2021 - 7:04:50 PM
likes this

chuckv97

Canada

58427 posts since 10/5/2013

Nice work, Frank. There’s an app called Dolby On that’s free,,, you can adjust the tone of your instruments with it.

Jun 24, 2021 - 7:18:36 PM
likes this

banjoy

USA

9734 posts since 7/1/2006
Online Now

chuckv97

Thanks I really appreciate it. I'm definitely a novice at this, but it seems the piezo really exaggerates the low end rumble and plinky pick noise like crazy, I did my best to EQ those in Audacity to tame them but I really don't know what I'm doing and don't have any decent speakers, it's like shooting in the dark a little.

The backup track is laid down first with the Zoom's XY mic which has a nice warm natural sound. I've noticed that when I mic the 'jo it doesn't exaggerate those things and gives a much more pleasing sound to my ear. So I'm eyeballing a used MXL large diaphragm mic to give me a better sound on the overdubs from the get-go.

I'm really having fun with this Zoom H6, it really let's me know where I need to improve which jumps out and slaps me in the ears LOL!!! But at least these are enough to get the idea across for now...

Edited by - banjoy on 06/24/2021 19:24:37

Jun 24, 2021 - 8:27:12 PM
likes this

3970 posts since 5/1/2003

Nice! I love this song. Used to do with two of the bands I was in. We sang 3 parts all the way in the key of G.

Jun 25, 2021 - 8:37:02 AM
like this

3970 posts since 5/1/2003

quote:
Originally posted by Ks_5-picker

Nice! I love this song. Used to do with two of the bands I was in. We sang 3 parts all the way in the key of G.


https://youtu.be/1Ht0PvzGE_8


Jun 25, 2021 - 9:33:32 AM
likes this

839 posts since 11/27/2005

Ks_5-picker

That was so great!

Jun 25, 2021 - 12:28:58 PM
likes this

banjoy

USA

9734 posts since 7/1/2006
Online Now

Ks_5-picker

Wow, cool!!! That's a very different groove for sure, you bluegrassified it. Also you're playing a different chord progressions than I am, interesting to hear such a different take.

After seeing your version it reminded me that I had an old dusty cut from when I actually first learned this tune, recorded at band practice about 5 years ago. I never posted this before because it's such poor audio quality, but I thought it would be cool to post now so you can hear how the band I was in approached the tune way back when.

So here's about a 2 minute track that was recorded without vocals just so I could learn the tune, the beginnings of my diddling with this tune. But we nailed the ending :)

Within a year we had all the vocals layered in nicely I just never got that recorded, this is all I have. For what it's worth, a very different, relaxed vibe to this song...


Edited by - banjoy on 06/25/2021 12:34:15

Jun 25, 2021 - 12:48:35 PM
likes this

839 posts since 11/27/2005

banjoy

Very nice!

Jun 25, 2021 - 12:51:13 PM
likes this

1461 posts since 1/28/2013
Online Now

It sounds great just like it is.

Jun 25, 2021 - 1:00:20 PM

banjoy

USA

9734 posts since 7/1/2006
Online Now

quote:
Originally posted by Mike Rowe

banjoy

Very nice!


Thanks, I figure with recordings like this, you get to hear how music sausage is made ... very hands-on until all the spices are just right ... laugh

Jun 25, 2021 - 5:14:26 PM

3182 posts since 10/17/2009

quote:
Originally posted by banjoy

chuckv97

Thanks I really appreciate it. I'm definitely a novice at this, but it seems the piezo really exaggerates the low end rumble and plinky pick noise like crazy, I did my best to EQ those in Audacity to tame them but I really don't know what I'm doing and don't have any decent speakers, it's like shooting in the dark a little.

The backup track is laid down first with the Zoom's XY mic which has a nice warm natural sound. I've noticed that when I mic the 'jo it doesn't exaggerate those things and gives a much more pleasing sound to my ear. So I'm eyeballing a used MXL large diaphragm mic to give me a better sound on the overdubs from the get-go.

I'm really having fun with this Zoom H6, it really let's me know where I need to improve which jumps out and slaps me in the ears LOL!!! But at least these are enough to get the idea across for now...

 


Yep, any reasonable microphone will give more natural acoustic sound.

Might start thinking about stepping up from Audacity to some actual DAW. Many are free or fairly inexpensive... they give a bit better tweaking tools for plugins like EQ, compression, reverb, filters.

A good mix is difficult without good studio monitors and room setup, involves lots of trial and error. One interesting low tech method is to listen to a mix in a car system.

Good luck.

Jun 26, 2021 - 4:40:13 AM
likes this

Bill H

USA

1658 posts since 11/7/2010

Beautiful arrangement Frank, and I love the warmth of the sound. Curious about the banjo you are playing.

Jun 26, 2021 - 5:10:31 AM

banjoy

USA

9734 posts since 7/1/2006
Online Now

quote:
Originally posted by Bill H

Beautiful arrangement Frank, and I love the warmth of the sound. Curious about the banjo you are playing.


Hey Bill thanks for asking. Both the video in the opening post, and the audio file I posted a few posts above, were played on my Nechville Athena. That model has a wood tone ring and I really love the warmth, but it can be cranked down to sound more bluegrassy for sure.

The video audio was recorded on a Zoom H6 on June 24, using the XY mic for the backing track and the Nechville's piezo pickup for the overdubbed lead track.

The audio file above was recorded sometime in 2016 on a Zoom H2, positioned on the floor in the center of that 3-piece band, so in that setting you're hearing my Nechville's piezo pickup plugged through my pedalboard then to a small acoustic amp. All three of us were amplified (electric bass, acoustic banjo and acoustic guitar) so the Zoom was recording the amps in the room. The pickup sounds way better when going through an amp, than it does as a direct source.

Edited by - banjoy on 06/26/2021 05:13:22

Jun 26, 2021 - 9:01:22 AM
like this

6681 posts since 6/27/2009

You say it’s a simple arrangement, but why would anyone want anything fancier? The best thing about calling it simple is that some learners wouldn’t be daunted to attempt to try it. It sounds challenging to learn and is quite lovely, Frank!

Jun 26, 2021 - 11:30:05 AM
like this

banjoy

USA

9734 posts since 7/1/2006
Online Now

quote:
Originally posted by JanetB

You say it’s a simple arrangement, but why would anyone want anything fancier? The best thing about calling it simple is that some learners wouldn’t be daunted to attempt to try it. It sounds challenging to learn and is quite lovely, Frank!


Cool thanks that! Because you guys are being so nice to me, I decided this morning to tab out what I'm pretty much doing in the video (close enough) and I just posted it to the BHO tab archives, found here:

https://www.banjohangout.org/tab/browse.asp?m=detail&v=24920

There's some finger twister inside rolls (all three fingers on the inside strings) but one you get the idea it isn't too bad.

I hope you enjoy smiley

Edited by - banjoy on 06/26/2021 11:34:58

Jun 26, 2021 - 1:39:50 PM
like this

354 posts since 3/27/2011

Thanks a lot for posting the tab. Really nice work

Jun 27, 2021 - 6:05:43 AM

banjoy

USA

9734 posts since 7/1/2006
Online Now

quote:
Originally posted by lbartosh

Thanks a lot for posting the tab. Really nice work


I just added the TablEdit file to the tab, I was holding off adding it until I got the Reading List worked out but it was really wonky so I finally gave up, so no reading list on this file.

But it'll give ya something to play around with in TablEdit.

Jun 28, 2021 - 7:25:56 AM

Bill H

USA

1658 posts since 11/7/2010

quote:
Originally posted by banjoy
 

Hey Bill thanks for asking. Both the video in the opening post, and the audio file I posted a few posts above, were played on my Nechville Athena. That model has a wood tone ring and I really love the warmth, but it can be cranked down to sound more bluegrassy for sure.

The video audio was recorded on a Zoom H6 on June 24, using the XY mic for the backing track and the Nechville's piezo pickup for the overdubbed lead track.

The audio file above was recorded sometime in 2016 on a Zoom H2, positioned on the floor in the center of that 3-piece band, so in that setting you're hearing my Nechville's piezo pickup plugged through my pedalboard then to a small acoustic amp. All three of us were amplified (electric bass, acoustic banjo and acoustic guitar) so the Zoom was recording the amps in the room. The pickup sounds way better when going through an amp, than it does as a direct source.

 


I was wondering if it was a Nechville. I have a Moonshine with a hybrid tone ring and a Phantom with a 20 hole tone ring. I love these banjos. I got the Moonshine to play claw hammer on, but have been using it with with picks as well--I am in the learning stages with finger style. Hearing the all wood tone ring makes me think I want to try one. Thanks for the info and for posting the tab.

Jun 28, 2021 - 7:40:20 AM

90 posts since 2/7/2020

Great work Frank! One the best acoustic guitar intros every in my opinion, and you play it beautifully.

Hangout Network Help

View All Topics  |  View Categories

0.265625