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Jan 21, 2022 - 12:28:04 AM
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chuckv97

Canada

63553 posts since 10/5/2013

A terrible way to go,, a house fire. His beloved cat perished also. Fred played such wonderful jazz standards , and a great take on Monroe's “Bluegrass Stomp”.
youtu.be/sHlc6nZS7qs


 

Edited by - chuckv97 on 01/21/2022 01:45:31

Jan 21, 2022 - 3:42:23 AM
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3717 posts since 7/12/2006

It was Fred who said in the Masters book that its the banjo and not the fiddle that is the instrument of the devil. Im sure he didnt mean it though.

Jan 21, 2022 - 5:42:24 AM
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13113 posts since 6/2/2008

How awful. I met Fred at a picnic pickin' party hosted by mutual friends in 1974. I remember he played Scot Joplin's "The Entertainer." It was the most impressive thing I'd ever heard on banjo in person. His knowledge and application of chord theory was unequalled.

Jan 21, 2022 - 7:37:07 AM
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4195 posts since 3/28/2008

A fine player and a good guy. I used to run into him at DC-area bluegrass events. IMNSHO, his version of the "Blue Grass Stomp" was one of the highlights of The Patuxent Banjo Project. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHlc6nZS7qs.

Edited by - Ira Gitlin on 01/21/2022 07:38:17

Jan 21, 2022 - 1:40:20 PM
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1477 posts since 6/12/2008

I always appreciated his column in Banjo Newsletter. He always encouraged players to stretch beyond their comfort zones and showed us how beautiful the old jazz standards could sound on the banjo.

Jan 22, 2022 - 12:20:01 AM
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1008 posts since 6/25/2006

That's terrible. I always enjoyed his contributions to the Banjo Newsletter - he chose unusual tunes and took the banjo into new places.

Jan 22, 2022 - 5:21:03 AM
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beegee

USA

22919 posts since 7/6/2005

I met Fred years ago at Camp Springs when we both wrote columns for BNL. We had a great time picking together and corresponded occasionally over the years. A great talent and wonderful man. Sorry to hear this.

Jan 22, 2022 - 9:32:44 AM
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7484 posts since 11/4/2005

Very sad to hear. Fred was a banjo genius, both master and pioneer.

Jan 23, 2022 - 11:31:31 AM
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239 posts since 2/7/2009

quote:
Originally posted by hobogal

That's terrible. I always enjoyed his contributions to the Banjo Newsletter - he chose unusual tunes and took the banjo into new places.


I'm sorry to hear that.  I worked out his arrangement of Smoke Gets In  Your Eyes a long time ago.  

Jan 27, 2022 - 4:55:06 PM
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Bikerider

Canada

9 posts since 12/7/2012

Very very sad news. I bought Fred's fantastic album in the late '70's and have listened to his great playing hundreds of times since then. Liza was published in BNL a long time ago and I spent countless hours learning it. About five years ago I recalled that he was at one time selling tabs for all the arrangements on the album so I sent an email to inquire if they were still available. He responded that he could probably find them so I sent him something like $12. I received the tabs about a week later - certainly before he received my $12. Most of them were hand written on 14" staff paper. I'm still working on them and will be for a long time!

As the subject says, RIP Fred Geiger.

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Jan 29, 2022 - 10:42:59 AM
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239 posts since 2/7/2009

BNL February 1981 (with Greg Cahill on the cover) printed Fred's arrangement of THE ENTERTAINER. At least the first two parts. I learned and subsequently forgot this arrangement. Been relearning it. I'd always hoped for Fred's arrangement of the 3rd and 4th parts.

Mar 26, 2022 - 2:41:05 PM
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7535 posts since 8/30/2004

Wow!! Such skill and tone and timing...Jack

Originally posted by Ira Gitlin

A fine player and a good guy. I used to run into him at DC-area bluegrass events. IMNSHO, his version of the "Blue Grass Stomp" was one of the highlights of The Patuxent Banjo Project. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHlc6nZS7qs.


Mar 30, 2022 - 6:34 AM

heavy5

USA

2235 posts since 11/3/2016

Thanks Chuck for the post , some how thru all of my banjo years I didn't pick up on Fred's incredible playing . 
His style & refreshing versatility just opens up a whole new (to me) way of playing !

I'm not a huge fan of chromatic but that's not what he does , it's creatively & enjoyably different .  Also want to mention the great sound from his banjo !

Edited by - heavy5 on 03/30/2022 06:40:31

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