For enthusiasts of early banjo
Sweeny's first published song. 1840
Thanks guys! It's so much fun playing in a foursome and having these great reproduction instruments made by Mike Wesley to play on.
This is one of the best conceptions I have heard. I think it is on Ayers disc too, with a similar pulse. I like this slow tempo with the drive of quarter notes on 1 2 3 and 4. The electric version I did has a pulse, similar tempo.....but you have a larger presence of the backbeat, which changes it.
Tim, I liked your electric version. I think experiments of this kind help us think constructively about the music. What is striking to me about a full band version is how it makes it sound faster even when it isn't. Percussion does the same thing. -an interesting effect that bears consideration. Ayers' renderings are never fast but they don't sound slow because of the instrumentation, backbeat etc.
I think that's a great point about the percussion etc, Mark. Maybe when there is less 'going on', the tendency is to speed it up?
I love the combo you guys have going here.
The rhythm behind the music of that time is a mystery ( to me anyway ). Was it downbeat driven, or was there a presence of a backbeat?
Tim, look at everyone's feet, hear the bones... actually I think the guitar is the only persistent backbeat in this example.
Yes where there's a downbeat there's also a backbeat. You can't have down without up. But I think 'most' of this pre-1880s stuff is downbeat-based, exceptions aren't hard to find though, especially in bluesy stuff. We must be careful not to confuse 'backbeat rhythm' with mere syncopation though- and it's easy to do. Around 3:30 you can see Jim rather blatantly tossing backbeats about. What a rascal! lol
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