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Aug 14, 2022 - 1:09:34 PM
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phb

Germany

3504 posts since 11/8/2010

My banjo arrangement of "Jerusalem Ridge". Standard open G tuning, no capo, no spike. I tried to capture as much of the fiddle melody as possible.

Aug 14, 2022 - 2:32:50 PM
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chuckv97

Canada

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Nice work, Phillipp 

Edited by - chuckv97 on 08/14/2022 14:33:54

Aug 14, 2022 - 4:26:02 PM
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AGACNP

USA

337 posts since 10/12/2011

Quite an undertaking! Great job!

Aug 15, 2022 - 10:21:06 AM

phb

Germany

3504 posts since 11/8/2010

Thanks, guys!

In case anyone is interested in the details, I have uploaded the tabs to my arrangement to the tab archive.

Aug 15, 2022 - 11:11:08 AM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

26317 posts since 6/25/2005

Well done!

Aug 18, 2022 - 8:36:48 PM
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tonwil

USA

823 posts since 8/28/2011

great job on a not so easy tune!

Aug 21, 2022 - 3:23:10 AM
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pickn5

USA

1704 posts since 8/8/2012

Nicely picked!

Aug 23, 2022 - 7:26:55 AM

phb

Germany

3504 posts since 11/8/2010

Thanks Bill, Tony and Jeff for your nice comments!

Aug 23, 2022 - 7:44:34 AM
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banjoy

USA

10428 posts since 7/1/2006

I just noticed the art in the background over your shoulder, Statler and Waldorf, the two Muppet hecklers ... that's some pretty good motivation, especially when ya meet 'em in real life!! I know from experience!!!

yeslaugh

Aug 24, 2022 - 11:54:49 PM

phb

Germany

3504 posts since 11/8/2010

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Originally posted by banjoy

I just noticed the art in the background over your shoulder, Statler and Waldorf, the two Muppet hecklers ... that's some pretty good motivation, especially when ya meet 'em in real life!! I know from experience!!!

yeslaugh


Ha, when I was quite a bit younger, I used to have that picture above my bed but my wife wouldn't agree so now it is in my man-cave...

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Aug 26, 2022 - 2:36:21 PM
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7630 posts since 11/4/2005

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Ha, when I was quite a bit younger, I used to have that picture above my bed but my wife wouldn't agree so now it is in my man-cave...

You have a surprising amount of good sense for a banjo player.  A very fine arrangement of the bluegrass classic, not many have attempted it, and you have captured the spirit of the tune very well.  In his book about old time music, called The Beautiful Music All Around Us, Stephen Wade suggests that Luther Strong's tune Glory in the Meetinghouse was possibly an inspiration for Monroe and Baker when they came up with Jerusalem Ridge, supposedly in a motel room in Ashland, Kentucky, between gigs.   I don't hear as much similarity as Wade does, but you should check it out and see what you think.  Either way, I bet you could nail that one, too! 

Aug 29, 2022 - 12:14:46 AM
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phb

Germany

3504 posts since 11/8/2010

Thanks Don, I feel flattered!

I listened to Glory in the Meetinghouse. It has some similarities but I wouldn't go much further than considering it an inspiration. The A sections are similar and Glory in the Meetinghouse then moves up for the B section like the B and D sections of Jerusalem Ridge. But that only means there is another nice fiddle tune.

I must say that I, while always liked to listen to fiddle tunes, for a long time I didn't want to play any because I thought they required too much rote memorisation. Recently I figured that they were good exercises for capturing a tune I can hear in my head on the banjo. I am mostly interested in Scruggs style and Jerusalem Ridge was an exception in that I play it entirely in melodic style (and that I actually slowed down the fiddle melody and transcribed it for the banjo). I have been working on a few others that come up in my local jams and there I am trying to keep it very simple Scruggs style. By doing such exercises I hope to get to where I can come up with a reasonable improvised Scruggs solo to an unfamiliar song.

Sep 4, 2022 - 4:55 PM
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1305 posts since 11/9/2012

Great stuff, Philipp! I don't know the song, but something about your playing reminds me a little of Bela Fleck. (A good thing)

Edited by - Toothless in Kentucky on 09/04/2022 16:55:19

Sep 7, 2022 - 4:33:58 AM

phb

Germany

3504 posts since 11/8/2010

Haha, Béla, no way, but thanks anyway! Perhaps the similarity is that it is a banjo played in melodic style.

There is something magical about "Jerusalem Ridge". It doesn't sound like a composition made in relatively recent times, to me it somehow sounds like it should be centuries old. Here is the tune played by Bill Monroe and Kenny Baker:

youtube.com/watch?v=URA1q31UAGM

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