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May 20, 2024 - 12:11:10 PM
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3508 posts since 4/19/2008

There's been a a lot of talk about back-up banjo on the site so I thought I would try explaining with words in a different format that goes thru the song in a intro to ending way. With this method you don't need to play exactly what Earl did, hopefully you can get inside his musical mind. This would also encourage critical listening skills (instead of mimicking licks) in order to recognize the descriptions given in the PDF.

BTW notice that these are both waltzes from different decades


May 20, 2024 - 6:26:32 PM
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69 posts since 4/14/2024

I am still new to the banjo but I believe that there are players and there are musicians with any instrument, not just banjo. Players primarily just want to learn to play songs and make music. Musicians of course want this as well but also want to know what they are doing and why. That's not to say that one is better than  the other. There are players that can blow people away with their music and there are some musicians who don't. Its about motivation, not so much skill. That being said I read through your PDF and found this to be very well laid out for those who want to be musicians. A very logical and rational approach to understanding the why and what. I think you might be on to something.

One question though...at the bottom of the page under the "ending" category it says "retard singing/..". I am also new to studying music theory but I have never run across this term before...???

May 21, 2024 - 7:08:08 AM

4846 posts since 3/28/2008

The term is properly spelled "ritard"--Italian for "slow". It's used all the time in classical music, and sometimes in other genres, though often mispronounced in a way that sounds like a slur in English.

May 21, 2024 - 12:24:25 PM
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3508 posts since 4/19/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Ira Gitlin

The term is properly spelled "ritard"--Italian for "slow". It's used all the time in classical music, and sometimes in other genres, though often mispronounced in a way that sounds like a slur in English.


Ira, I seemed to be daydreaming  about myself!

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