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Bill Monroe CD suggestions please

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May 24, 2022 - 9:29:17 AM

phb

Germany

3341 posts since 11/8/2010

I recently developed a liking for fiddle/mandolin tunes. I never expected that I would enjoy playing them, it seemed totally out of reach for me (well, many still are but I plan to tackle them one by one). I always knew that Bill Monroe (and Kenny Baker) had some strong material in that category but right now I am totally thrilled by tunes such as "Jerusalem Ridge", "Southern Flavor", "My Last Days On Earth" or "Lonesome Moonlight Waltz" and I am sure there must be more.

I have Kenny Baker's "Master Fiddler" and "... Plays Bill Monroe" albums and some collections of very old Bill Monroe recordings from back when Lester Flatt was still with him. Do you have some suggestions for more fiddle/mandolin tunes or even whole albums of such tunes?

Thanks a lot!

May 24, 2022 - 9:40:34 AM

ChunoTheDog

Canada

1494 posts since 8/9/2019

1 word.... Youtube

May 25, 2022 - 12:18:31 AM

phb

Germany

3341 posts since 11/8/2010

I know that there is a lot of music on YouTube but I thought someone could save me listening to all of it to find Monroe mandolin/fiddle tunes.

May 25, 2022 - 1:02:45 AM
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chuckv97

Canada

64342 posts since 10/5/2013

Big Mon , Wheel Hoss , Old Dangerfield , Salt Creek

May 25, 2022 - 7:30:22 AM
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RB3

USA

1304 posts since 4/12/2004

Bluegrass Instrumentals, Bill Monroe And His Bluegrass Boys

Bluegrass Instrumentals

Edited by - RB3 on 05/25/2022 07:31:40

May 25, 2022 - 10:33:22 AM
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AGACNP

USA

274 posts since 10/12/2011

The album “Kenny Baker plays Bill Monroe.” Monroe was actually the ‘guest mandolin player on this one. All Monroe instrumentals...

Also Noam Pikelnys cover: “Noam Pikelny plays Kenny Baker…” Banjo takes over the the traditionally played fiddle breaks.

These tunes have kept me busy for a couple years

Edited by - AGACNP on 05/25/2022 10:35:53

May 25, 2022 - 10:37:18 AM
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AGACNP

USA

274 posts since 10/12/2011

Methodist Preacher

Roanoke

Tallahassee

Bluegrass Breakdown

Not sure if Kansas City Railroad Blues is one of Monroe's? The only recording I have of him doing this one is a bit "ragged" in construction...I prefer Nashville Bluegrass Bands "more squared off" version.

Edited by - AGACNP on 05/25/2022 10:41:31

May 25, 2022 - 4:12:31 PM
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AGACNP

USA

274 posts since 10/12/2011

Thought of a few more.

The Old Brown County Barn
Crossing the Cumberlands
Old Ebenezer Scrooge
Come Hither to Go Yonder
Evening Prayer Blues

Washington County (Washington and Lee Swing)…not certain this was written by Bill, someone more knowledgeable can weigh in.

May 25, 2022 - 5:25:15 PM
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AGACNP

USA

274 posts since 10/12/2011

Kentucky Mandolin
Louisville Breakdown
Bluegrass Stomp
Bluegrass Special
Honky Tonk Swing

Dusty Miller (not sure he wrote this one)

May 26, 2022 - 5:59:06 PM

2850 posts since 4/16/2003

The Bear Family sets.

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May 30, 2022 - 1:07:33 AM
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phb

Germany

3341 posts since 11/8/2010

Hi guys, thanks for all your suggestions, this will surely keep me busy for some time. I guess I will make a playlist of all these tunes and then will pick the ones I like the most. I also thought that perhaps I should ask some mandolin players I know that are Monroe fans. After all they are the people I would be most likely to play the tunes with.

I own both the "Kenny Baker play Bill Monroe" and the Noam Pikelny albums, very good material. The mention of "Wheel Hoss" also reminded me of the Bluegrass Album Band's instrumental record that has very good tunes on it.

Over the long week-end (Thursday was a holiday in Germany) I arranged "Jerusalem Ridge" for banjo based on Kenny Baker's recording. I am very happy with the result. I never thought I would be able to play this but our fiddler likes it and it has been very popular at our jams so I thought I'd give it a try. I still need to practice my own arrangement to get it clean and up to an acceptable speed but I now know that I can do it. "Jerusalem Ridge" is going to be a bit of an exception because I capture the entire fiddle melody almost note for note which required me to actually transcribe it in melodic style and to learn the whole thing by heart. For the last tunes I learned before "Jerusalem Ridge" I relied on a different process. I just made a backing track and then looped that and played along with it, first looking for the cardinal melody notes, then adding filler notes until I had a complete arrangement of the tune. This is also what I wanted to practice, to come up with a Scruggs style arrangement of a melody without taking a detour over any written representation of the music. After all that's what I ideally want to be able to do in a jam session. I always wanted to keep melodic style for later until I feel comfortable with Scruggs style.

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