Hi from the UK. I’m looking for help! My all-time favourite intro to a banjo tune is by Kane Welch & Kaplin (their version of Lost John Dean). Two bars (ok, measures!) of brilliance that I can’t quite figure out. Anyone care to have a try? Hope no-one minds, but I’ve slowed these down a bit and put them into an audio clip which you'll see in the video. I think we’re in double C, and the rhythm suggests clawhammer, although I’m not 100pc certain this is downpicking. The key question to me is how to get that syncopation. When I do it, it sounds square and plodding. So are there alternate-string pull-offs here - or what?
I wasn't sure which two measures were in question until the post by Banjo Bill-e. I had already started to tab the banjo part at the end of the video. (The intro and the banjo break in the middle are all a bit different.) Here's what I hear in the banjo. I would play the syncopation with a drop thumb though an open-string pull-off can work.
@dbrooks Thank you David! (I had problems linking my video upload to the post in which I asked the question - sorry about that). I’m looking forward to trying out what you’ve tabbed in the fresh light of morning (it’s getting late here!)
Not too sure actually which measures you looked at David. In any case I’m wondering whether my opening two measures feature a guitar and a banjo operating closely together and sounding a bit like one instrument? The guitar may be doing a sort of basic boogie figure. If so I just need to focus my ears harder on the banjo. This band is playing beautifully in one very tight pocket!
Neil, you are correct that the instruments are tightly bound, and some of the syncopation may be from the guitar. I tabbed out the instrumental outro at the end of the video. I heard only two instances of syncopation - the 1st and 3rd measures in the 2nd line of tab. If you'd like a matching MP3 generated by the tab, send me a private message through the Hangout.
We’re getting warm Rick. But I think I’ll have to try your tab with actual human fingers in the morning. These mp3s are helpful… up to a point, huh…!
Here’s my version, fwiw. (Scroll down a bit. Sorry!)
I’ve not managed to tab it out properly so that it makes an mp3 soundtrack that sounds exactly like what my fingers are doing. Hmmm: that may mean this handwritten tab isn’t any good either as a reflection of what I’m managing to play. Doh!
Edited by - Neilgal on 08/23/2021 14:58:52
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