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Comment by Tim Twiss on February 3, 2014 at 12:10am

Notice how it contains the dactyl phrases....block chords, melody doubled, and those crazy triplets. A nice insight into the style of backing a singer.

Comment by Tim Twiss on February 3, 2014 at 12:22am

Strumelia...this would be an example of one of those "embedded" melodies if you played just the banjo part. See the notes match up on strong beats.

Comment by Strumelia on February 3, 2014 at 11:37am

Ah, Tim - I see now it's more just a matter of semantics to me I think.  To me the word 'embedded' means hidden inside or difficult to separate out or something.  When i look at this sheet music- the banjo part- the melody seems front and center to me, mostly emphasized on the 1 and 3 beats, with some typical banjo-y moves for icing/decoration.  I guess that's why the Rice melodies don't seem 'embedded' to me.  Because I approach the rhythm with a default of assuming the 1 and 3 are the emphasized beats in most of the non-syncopated 2/4 and 4/4 tunes (or just the 1 in 3/4), the melody usually jumps out fairly clearly for me.  When I see dotted notes or irregular rests, it tells me there may be trickery afoot and I need to approach and examine more closely, as in Injun R.C. or Hobson's Jig.     :)

I guess

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