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 was referring to the classical style of guitar playing, which would make its way into the banjo, intentionally or not.
By big house, I meant the main residence of the plantation owner.
I took repertoire to mean a printed representation of style,…"
"I would that as they were playing the classical guitar in "the big house", a lot of that style influenced the banjo playing, much like the fiddle. A lot of these early tunes feel to me to be classical arrangements, note for note, as…"
"Indeed!! What might sound good to us, doesnt always mean it sounds good to the people on the other side of the banjo...
Switching banjos isn't a bad idea. Certain music and progressions, fingering, etc sound better on some banjos than others,…"
"Ahhh okay that helps to know notes are not in usual places on banjo. I couldn't get it to sound banjoish at all which is why I am doubting myself.
One time my banjo teacher had me transcribing this monstrous fiddle tune, the name escapes me…"
"Particularly in this tune, it's the odd or unexpected phrases and notes (the ones that don't go where you normally would expect them to) that are essential to give the tune its unique character and identity. "
"i don't think I'm too far from it. It's just little twiddly bits to keep it from sounding so droll. I typically need both the tab and to hear it and go from there. In typical folk songs, you can get away fudging some things or…"
"So purchase Andrew Calhoun's sung version (for 99 cents if you don't want the whole album), and use some software like Amazing Slowdowner to change the key from C (the key he is singing it in) to other keys you typically use on your…"