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May 26, 2022 - 3:00:52 AM
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3753 posts since 7/12/2006

This gets my vote
youtu.be/muWq2Bh2QzY

May 26, 2022 - 3:17:43 AM
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192 posts since 12/19/2017

That is a really good intro. I like so many songs I have a hard time picking a best for me. I love many styles of picking and many types of music from classical music to bluegrass to country to rock to heavy metal. I am an equal opportunity music lover in most respects. I just don’t like dirty lyrics and violent subject matter.

May 26, 2022 - 3:21:26 AM
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59096 posts since 12/14/2005

I played the video at 50% speed to try hear each individual note.
Nice.
At at full speed, VERY nice.

May 26, 2022 - 3:30:25 AM
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3753 posts since 7/12/2006

I sometimes just play the intro over and over. The reverb sound of Eddie Adcocks banjo makes you feel like youre actually on the the Matterhorn

May 26, 2022 - 3:56:24 AM
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4666 posts since 12/6/2009

Gary....I do believe that banjo was Bill Emerson. 1970. anyone interested Bill capo ed up either to 5th or 7th I forget. its a fun song to try to imitate or even sing. thanks for posting it and I agree with you.....Bill had a habit of making you stand and pay attention to his sound.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szAd9lMUXEA&ab_channel=dartwillis

Edited by - overhere on 05/26/2022 04:03:44

May 26, 2022 - 6:04:26 AM
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RB3

USA

1301 posts since 4/12/2004

Below is a link that provides some information about the recording of the song.  Click on "A. Matterhorn" at the bottom of the page to reveal specific information about the personnel on the recording.

Discography - Matterhorn

Edited by - RB3 on 05/26/2022 06:08:35

May 26, 2022 - 6:46:51 AM
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634 posts since 4/1/2009

Yep. But Bill Emerson did play it too with the capo in the high register like that!

And I agree with Chip! So many good and iconic kick offs! A few of my all time faves are Flatt and Scruggs’ recording of “My Saro Jane”… the way Earl gets that off… man! The Stanley’s “Think of What You’ve Done”… Ralph’s banjo kick is just so memorable to me… albeit if you try to kick it that way it seems to throw most people off since they are used to hearing it with a more Scruggs thumb driven approach. But I always play Ralph’s kick to it because it’s so dang awesome!

Flatt and Scruggs’ “Little Girl of Mine In Tennessee” is also a kick off that’s always stuck with me too…Don and Red’s “I Know You’re Married”…!! All great kick offs!

May 26, 2022 - 6:50:29 AM
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RioStat

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5790 posts since 10/12/2009

quote:
Originally posted by stanleytone

I sometimes just play the intro over and over. The reverb sound of Eddie Adcocks banjo makes you feel like youre actually on the the Matterhorn


Hey Gary, how about one of your impeccable tabs for this tune ? !

May 26, 2022 - 7:41:14 AM

4406 posts since 5/29/2011

We used to play this song. I worked out my own kickoff which sounded pretty decent but never could get it to sound quite like the record. It wasn't until the internet age that I found that the banjo was capoed on the 7th fret.
BTW Bill Emerson did play this song too, but this is Eddie Adcock on this recording.

May 26, 2022 - 8:16:09 AM

leehar

USA

94 posts since 2/18/2018

Always liked Alan O’Bryant’s kick on Old Devil’s Dream. Sorry, I’m not sure how to attach a link.

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May 26, 2022 - 9:41:07 AM

39 posts since 12/6/2021

Earl "Head Over Heels".

May 26, 2022 - 9:53:24 AM
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corcoran

Canada

471 posts since 8/3/2004

On the studio recording of Matterhorn, Eddie Adcock played banjo, as indicated in the Bluegrass Discography. On the concert recording “Live in Japan,” Bill Emerson played banjo. Both are terrific.

May 26, 2022 - 10:53:07 AM
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TN Time

USA

282 posts since 12/6/2021

I believe that Bill Emerson played it on a Fender Artist.
Robert

May 26, 2022 - 1:12:58 PM
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3753 posts since 7/12/2006

Heres some info on matterhorn


May 26, 2022 - 1:49:45 PM
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johnedallas

Germany

186 posts since 2/18/2005

Kick-off great, backing great, but what really rivetted me was the lyrics! British Commonwealth alpinists climbing a Swiss mountain and dying in the attempt - that's more than one is used to in Bluegrass!
Cheers,
John

May 26, 2022 - 2:44:38 PM

thor363

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27 posts since 12/12/2021
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quote:
Originally posted by overhere

Gary....I do believe that banjo was Bill Emerson. 1970. anyone interested Bill capo ed up either to 5th or 7th I forget. its a fun song to try to imitate or even sing. thanks for posting it and I agree with you.....Bill had a habit of making you stand and pay attention to his sound.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szAd9lMUXEA&ab_channel=dartwillis


I wish I could get the entire video of this event. I'm sure this one is where Haskel was playing but I can't recall which group he was with at this time. I've seen part of this before!

May 26, 2022 - 6:25:49 PM
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7284 posts since 2/14/2006

I really like the simplicity and great tone in JD's intro to Blueridge Cabin Home:

 

https://youtu.be/fJhnPA_dAHU
 


 

May 27, 2022 - 3:34:01 AM

4666 posts since 12/6/2009

does anyone have a link to where Eddie Adcock is playing Matterhorn.....I'd be thrilled but cant see to find one..... dang it....it was nice to learn Eddie had a sliding capo like the one I use. They allow for many quick experiments with where on the banjo one wants to play something. I like to play Old Kentucky Home open G with 5th capoed at B .....odd but works if rolled right. I used to get teased / and heckled using my slider then I found Bobby Thompson and other top pickers used them..... Bobby liked his because when he changed keys in th e  middle of a song no one noticed. he moved it wit his thumb as he was playing. lol..... ( you have to have the one with the flat slider spring tho. Hard to find anymore with good quality)

Edited by - overhere on 05/27/2022 03:41:48

May 27, 2022 - 5:33:40 AM
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RB3

USA

1301 posts since 4/12/2004

How about this one? Mr. Cushman layin' the thumb to the ole' five.

Leavin' On That Evening Train

Edited by - RB3 on 05/27/2022 05:37:11

May 27, 2022 - 8:19:18 AM
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6603 posts since 10/13/2007

I love Joe Val and Paul Silvius on the start of this song; Not A Word From Home. It is spectacular and brilliant (as in brightness) - the essence of bluegrass:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGF95_UDRJQ

Ken

May 27, 2022 - 10:00:56 AM
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chuckv97

Canada

64281 posts since 10/5/2013

This kickoff by Richard Underwood always gets me sittin up straight…..
youtu.be/AgKgE7oZuIY


 

May 27, 2022 - 10:11:46 AM

7661 posts since 8/30/2004

Same standard kickoff as 99% of kickoffs are...you should have that down by now...good luck...Jack

May 27, 2022 - 10:27:35 AM
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chuckv97

Canada

64281 posts since 10/5/2013

Err, if you were referring to my post, Jack,, yes, I can play it. Some players just get my attention,, Richard’s arch top and the way he plays it. Doesn’t necessarily have to be earth-shaking in complexity.

May 27, 2022 - 10:41:09 AM
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6603 posts since 10/13/2007

quote:
Originally posted by leehar

Always liked Alan O’Bryant’s kick on Old Devil’s Dream. Sorry, I’m not sure how to attach a link.


To attach a link highlight and copy the link address. Then when you make a reply do so in the rich text and to the right of the smiley face in the top bar (just below the Plain Text Rich Text heading) you will see an icon that looks like a link in a chain link. Click on that and it will appear in the body of your post. Insert your copied link there and it will appear ready to go in your post.

Ken

May 27, 2022 - 10:44:57 AM
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6603 posts since 10/13/2007

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Originally posted by stanleytone

This gets my vote
youtu.be/muWq2Bh2QzY


Yeah, that is wonderful and maybe it is the tops of all time, but this thread is showing: "if you can't be with the one you love, than love the one your with." laugh

ken

May 27, 2022 - 11:11:45 AM

6603 posts since 10/13/2007

quote:
Originally posted by stanleytone

Heres some info on matterhorn


I think maybe some of the confusion comes in (at least it did with me) is because  Emerson played it on the The Award Winning Country Gentlemen album. To me, that was their 0044 album so I always associated Mr. Emerson with that break.

ken

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