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Nov 24, 2021 - 2:28:31 PM
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1554 posts since 3/19/2008

In memory of the Chief, I wanted to ask everybody what songs or tunes they are working on that Sonny made either famous or influenced?

What Sonny tune would you like to see in an accurate video/tab format?

Thanks y’all!

Nov 24, 2021 - 3:18:31 PM
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Hi John,
Thanks for all the great work you've done over the years. Would you mind tabbing Sonny's "Siempre"?...I have a version but have never really fooled with it because I have to get the backup guitar finished and probably never will...Jack

Edited by - Jack Baker on 11/24/2021 15:22:14

Nov 24, 2021 - 5:22:47 PM
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beegee

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Our go-to tune is Sledd Ridin'

Nov 25, 2021 - 10:09:47 AM
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Sled Ridin has already been tabbed out several times. I've posted it several times...nice simple tune by Sonny. Let's give John B at least a good one to tab out and post...Jack

Edited by - Jack Baker on 11/25/2021 10:11:06

Nov 25, 2021 - 12:40:13 PM
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Listen to Jim Mills play this great tune. Jim is a master. This version I may tab out--so tasteful...Jack


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VD0jdBy6MfE

Edited by - Jack Baker on 11/25/2021 12:41:01

Nov 26, 2021 - 2:29:28 PM

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Nothing matches Sonny's version though. At about 2:47 in the youtube...unbelievable...Jack   p.s. I've already tabbed out Sonny's version actually now that I looked for it...

Sledd Ridin'

Edited by - Jack Baker on 11/26/2021 14:31:13

Nov 26, 2021 - 6:27:25 PM
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Sure-Fire

Nov 26, 2021 - 8:32:47 PM
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5801 posts since 12/20/2005

What a talent Sonny was. And in so many ways. One of the greatest banjo players to have picked up a banjo.
And he made it look easy, sometimes grinning ear to ear while playing something indescribably incredible.
He and I exchanged a few emails, he was always quick to respond and he genuinely tried to be as helpful and courteous as could be possible.
I have tried learning America the Beautiful, El Rondo, Dandelion, Siempre and Sledd Riding like Sonny.
I’m sure some of you have done this successfully . I simply have never been able.
Sonny did have talent. I’ve known many people who also had talent but never pushed hard at utilizing it.
Sonny devoted his life to making the most of what he was born with while sharing what he could selflessly.
He left this world a better place than he found it.

Nov 28, 2021 - 7:22:26 AM

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Here it is Doug....Jack
Surefire

Originally posted by Doug Knecht

Sure-Fire


Nov 28, 2021 - 9:33:13 AM

6444 posts since 8/31/2004

I'll keep watching this thread for Sonny tunes and playing ideas. He played some really neat stuff on Ruby. I wonder if any of that stuff has been tabbed.

Nov 28, 2021 - 11:09:47 AM

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Hi Tom,
Which version of Reuben are you talking about Tom? Sonny recorded this tune many times and always put something new in every recording; he just went all over the neck with this tune...Jack

Edited by - Jack Baker on 11/28/2021 11:20:06

Nov 28, 2021 - 11:26:59 AM

chuckv97

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Thanks for posting “Surefire” , Jack. I’ve always liked that tune, trouble is it’s not jam-friendly so I’ve hesitated to work it up. I don’t seem to enjoy playing tunes on my own anymore - maybe I’ll introduce it at our jams with a chord diagram. Maybe if folks capo at the 3rd fret and play out of E position they can handle the modulation to F by playing in D position. 

Edited by - chuckv97 on 11/28/2021 11:30:25

Nov 28, 2021 - 12:16:17 PM
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I don't think Sonny thought in jamming terms when he arranged his tunes. Just do the best you can Chuck. His imagination was all over the place...jack

Edited by - Jack Baker on 11/28/2021 12:17:36

Nov 29, 2021 - 5:09:50 AM
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Hello John Mark:
Thanks for offering this. since Sonny's passing I have been listening to a bunch of his stuff. I have been especially listening to The Essential Osborne Brothers Collection and love it as I can hear his banjo and  backup so clearly. I have also been enjoying the Pinecastle releases that trace the Osborne's career steps forward starting with the album Hyden and then going to Dayton to Knoxville on another album and the 2 albums From Detroit to Wheeling. I don't think anyone ever picked better than Sonny.

One little break that has caught my ear has been Rose Connolly or as the Osborne Brothers called it: Down in the Willow Garden. I don't think Earl ever took a break on this one and the way Sonny plays it seems real "Sonny like" to me. Anyway I love the break he does.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs6mgElzFLI

I know we all will benefit hearing how some greats did things thru your expert ears. Thanks for doing this.

ken

Nov 29, 2021 - 11:11:44 AM

2717 posts since 4/5/2006

Sonny could play as fast as anyone, but no one could match him when it came to slow songs. To my ear, Sonny's masterpiece was America the Beautiful. If that fails to bring tears to your eyes, there's something wrong with you. Those slow numbers are not exactly jam friendly, even if you can play them. The challenge all us banjo pickers face is finding someone who can sing them. sad I have heard Once More done, now & then, but I suspect the core group had previously worked it out. Sonny's instrumental medley, (Sweden gig) contains stuff compatible with most jammers, & Sledd Ridin' ain't all that difficult.    

The band I was in did Don't Let Smokey Mountain Smoke Get In Your Eyes, & River's Goin' Down. Most of the other stuff we tried, just didn't sound right without a voice like Bobby's.

fwiw: Sonny tabbed out Down in the Willow Garden in that Mel Bay book. Sadly, I loaned my copy out, & never got it back. 

Nov 29, 2021 - 11:31:34 AM

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quote:
Originally posted by monstertone

Sonny could play as fast as anyone, but no one could match him when it came to slow songs. To my ear, Sonny's masterpiece was America the Beautiful. If that fails to bring tears to your eyes, there's something wrong with you. Those slow numbers are not exactly jam friendly, even if you can play them. The challenge all us banjo pickers face is finding someone who can sing them. sad I have heard Once More done, now & then, but I suspect the core group had previously worked it out. Sonny's instrumental medley, (Sweden gig) contains stuff compatible with most jammers, & Sledd Ridin' ain't all that difficult.    

The band I was in did Don't Let Smokey Mountain Smoke Get In Your Eyes, & River's Goin' Down. Most of the other stuff we tried, just didn't sound right without a voice like Bobby's.

fwiw: Sonny tabbed out Down in the Willow Garden in that Mel Bay book. Sadly, I loaned my copy out, & never got it back. 


thanks for the heads up about willow Garden JD, I sure don't want John M doing duplicitous work.

ken

Nov 29, 2021 - 12:03:22 PM
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chuckv97

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Down in the Willow Garden, I believe, is in Pete Seeger’s book. I have Sonny’s Mel Bay book,, it’s not in there. Just FYI yes

Nov 29, 2021 - 3:56:32 PM

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Originally posted by chuckv97

Down in the Willow Garden, I believe, is in Pete Seeger’s book. I have Sonny’s Mel Bay book,, it’s not in there. Just FYI yes


OK, I stand corrected. Many moons ago during that time span, a lot of this was new to me. Being so, a good part of it just kinda merged into one over the years. I doubt I still have the Seeger book either. Is OJC in Sonny's book? Are there staffs & flags in the tab, or music notation above? How about Red Wing?

Nov 29, 2021 - 4:53:15 PM
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chuckv97

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Hi JD,,, yes, OJC and Red Wing are in his Mel Bay book. I had the original years ago, but I bought the revised edition (by Neil Griffin) a few years back for sentimental reasons. It has music notation and tab. Other tunes are Cumberland Gap, Sonny’s Chimes, John Henry (G tuning), and Sonny’s Breakdown.

Dec 1, 2021 - 4:53:16 AM
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Thanks everyone! I’ve worked up Surefire and it’s Tab for the time being. Keep sending your suggestions! Watch out for the release!! I have three videos coming out on my YouTube channel this month!

youtube.com/channel/UC_qQBUvi1...oRLPHgJlQ

Dec 2, 2021 - 10:57:33 AM

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Here is the video and the tab! And its free! Please subscribe to my YouTube channel!

youtube.com/watch?v=cAGbLYbznpQ

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