Mark Weems's version of Mister Banjo inspired me to finally purchase Slave Songs of the United States 1867. I found O'er the Crossing, derived in Caroline County where I live. So, I decided to try to…Continue
"I think I follow what you're saying. Play with both and figure out which is better...
Apologies for not being able to speak intelligently about music. But, I can sure I-IV-V the heck out of a tune!! LOL So, I tend to refer to everything in…"
"I'd recommend you go into Briggs key of G simply to make it simpler to figure this song out. After you have it tabbed out or can play it by ear, then you can tune all your strings up and down and see if it plays ok from there. …"
"Thanks for the album recommendation!! It's definitely going in the cart...
I'm tuned to eAEG#B (a step above Briggs). My banjo is just better in this tuning than Briggs. Anyways, I thought it fit well into the open 2d string w/ all the…"
"Rob, the book has it written out in the key of Aflat (Ab). What key are you tabbing/playing it transposed to?
Here you can buy/listen to the song transposed to key of C (with I think an accidental Bb not in it- (not…"
Mark Weems's version of Mister Banjo inspired me to finally purchase Slave Songs of the United States 1867. I found O'er the Crossing, derived in Caroline County where I live. So, I decided to try to tab it out. Mind you, I don't read music. But, I impressed myself because I think I have some pretty good bones for it, but I'm pretty sure I messed up the higher parts. It seems to fit the minstrel tuning really well. That said, does anyone have a tab or recording for it? I haven't seen any on the…See More
"Exactly...it seems like comfort and reinforcement....I can see why he does it. Every now and then it feels like my thumb gets lost, so it's always there and in tune (no pun intended) w/ the rest of the stroke..."
"I don't know if this is what Tim does or not but your description (Strum) sounds like what I do when/if I back up someone on guitar. I hold my thumb against my index finger as if I were holding a pick but instead, use my finger nail, down…"
"I remember reading long ago Tim discussing how he 'reinforces' his index finger hits with his thumb resting against his index finger (Tim can you find where you wrote about this a few years ago?) ...especially when hitting multiple notes…"
"Great! Thanks!...I've been trying to figure that out. Tough to see in videos. I'm trying to refine my stroke and not be so sloppy from typical clawhammer chord playing. This takes a lot more precision...thanks again!!"