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I have hit upon a puzzlement, and have a question

I am learning the tune "Cotton Pod Walk Around" in Tim's Early Banjo Book

I am carefully listening to it and trying to play along.

It seems to me that the last two notes in the first full measure

do not match what I hear on the cd. Assuming the cd is correct

then the last two notes of that measure appear to be reversed.

I have carefully checked this using my slow down software and it

confirms what I feel when I attempt to play it.

Would someone check this for me and let me know which is the way it should go

I don't want to learn this incorrectly.


Many thanks


Ron H

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Comment by Steve Jeter on April 17, 2013 at 10:27am

Ron, if I was you Id play it the way it sounds best to you,  

Comment by Tim Twiss on April 17, 2013 at 10:51am

Woops...screwed one up? ha ha...I'll have to check.




Comment by Ron on April 17, 2013 at 11:00am

Not trying to do anything other than learn the tunes correctly.

I don't want to embarrass myself by building in a mistake. I do believe

however that some folks have learned some tunes differently and thereby

introducing a new "arrangement"...

Comment by Tim Twiss on April 17, 2013 at 11:56am

I just don't see what you are talking about. You got skype?

Comment by Ron on April 17, 2013 at 12:19pm

no skipe sorry.

What im referring to is a note for note comparison

of the cd to the printed tab. It sounds like 0 0 2 on the cd (at the last part of measure one)

but is written 020 in the tab

sorry for any confusion it's probably just me


Comment by Silas Tackitt on April 17, 2013 at 9:24pm

I'm looking at two sources : the Weidlich repro at page 24 and the original at page 25 of the version scanned and posted on Tim's pages.  I don't have the cd, so I cannot compare it to the written sources.  From what I can see, both the tab and notes match.  In the first full measure of the Weidlich tab I see :

Second string-first fret / first string-second fret, and then

fifth string / first string-second fret / fifth string.

In the original notes from Converse, this same measure is :

A / C, and then

e / C / e.

Comment by Ron on April 18, 2013 at 9:10am

thank you Silas that tells me what I needed to know.

thanks everyone for your help

Comment by Ron on April 19, 2013 at 11:30am

Thanks to all who responded to me about this.

I have discovered that there was a note that I was not hearing in there

that made me think that there was a problem.

I found it by careful  listening and now every note is where it should be.

I have hearing damage from several noisy jobs so if you're

gonna play music after you get off work or retire


Comment by Strumelia on April 19, 2013 at 1:34pm

Ron, since you mentioned being confused about a note, and since you also mentioned you were going to learn to play "Hear Him, Johnny Hear Him!"...I thought I'd mention this:

I believe there is an actual typo note in Rice's tutor in that tune notation.  I asked Tim about it and he agreed that it might indeed be a typo.  Who can say for sure, but it sounds pretty out of place if played as written.

I invite others to check it out-  it's the last note of the second line, fourth measure.  (Or, last note of the 12th measure of the tune.)  Rice has it written as 1st string open, but I have to believe it was meant to be 2nd string, 1st fret instead.

Anyway, Ron keep this in mind as you learn that particular tune, and figure out how you want to handle that note.    :)

Comment by Tim Twiss on April 19, 2013 at 2:11pm

Then again, some people "like" the mistakes.


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