On gigs, the instrument I’m using at the time greatly dictates how I play. When I play tenor banjo, I take chord/melody solos, single string solos, and backing chords with lots of movement; however, when I play tenor guitar, I play totally differently. On tenor guitar, I like to play simple quarter note chordal accompaniment with simple chord shapes on the inside strings four to the bar. One of my groups, The Red Mountain Jazz Collective, was doing an after rehearsal dinner last week. I was playing tenor guitar. We shot some videos before the guests arrived, and as you can see, what I was doing was really basic, but that’s what I like to do on that instrument in that group.
Edited by - Compass56 on 12/02/2023 18:32:05
Excellent. I am a strong advocate for sticking with tradition when playing these standards, whether playing straight or jazz.
Familiarity with period recordings is absolutely essential to doing this, as you undoubtedly understand.
Beautiful Tony ;-)
Best I've heard recently of that tune.
Sometimes, simplicity is more impressive than Too Much Flash.
Thanks guys. I appreciate your comments. Here’s another from the same night.
Edited by - Compass56 on 12/02/2023 18:30:00
Here’s the backstory behind these videos: A woman I didn’t know texted me about this group playing at her Christmas party. She said she wanted to see a video, so I sent her one of the group doing “Farewell Blues” with me on tenor banjo. She texted back that it was good, but she wanted to know if we had any videos with vocals. We didn’t, so we made these videos specifically to send to her. After a week, I texted her to ask her if she wanted us for her party. She said she got another group for the party. Oh well.
Nice job Tony & Co!
Before the guests arrived, we did three tunes that night. I've posted two of them here. If I can remember how to post videos on this app I will post the third one today.
Edited by - Compass56 on 12/19/2023 05:21:16
Here it is.
'Willow Garden (2F)' 1 hr
'Gibson Flanges' 2 hrs
'Kiley's Reel' 3 hrs
'problems getting tab' 3 hrs
'Gibson banjo case' 4 hrs