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Examples of 1920s/30s improvised single note tenor banjo soloing?

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Aug 5, 2022 - 8:11:01 AM
98 posts since 11/10/2021

Are there any recorded examples of improvised single-note soloing on the tenor banjo from the 20s/30s, or was it always chord soloing?

Aug 5, 2022 - 8:33:35 AM
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418 posts since 2/16/2014

Elmer Snowden is the only one I know of. Cynthia Sayer just released a book with transcribed solos. Highly recommend.

Aug 5, 2022 - 8:49:40 AM
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9990 posts since 8/28/2013

Harry Reser often used single note soloing, although I don't know how much was improvised.

I wouls not be surprise4d to find a few instances of single note playing in small sections of a solo.

Aug 5, 2022 - 11:52:26 AM
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935 posts since 5/31/2004

Single note banjo solos are not common on 1920s recordings but I do hear them occasionally.

It's really impossible to tell what was improvised and what what was rehearsed, unless you can listen to alternate takes.

I recently listened to a Paul Whiteman record on which Mike Pingitore played a single note solo. It was recording from 1922 or '23 but i don't remember the title. It was not a hot solo but was one in which Mike stated the melody demonstrating flawless single string tremolo technique.

Aug 5, 2022 - 2:24:13 PM
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442 posts since 9/23/2009

quote:
Originally posted by aintbrokejustbadlybent

Elmer Snowden is the only one I know of. Cynthia Sayer just released a book with transcribed solos. Highly recommend.


https://cynthiasayer.com/elmer_snowden_detail.shtml

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