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Old Time Blues Banjo?

PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:28 am
by WillCoop
Hi Everyone,

I am a new player from way up in the Enchanted Mitten State of Michigan - Greensky Bluegrass Country.

Been playing my Hollowback Epiphone MB-100 for about a year now. I LIVE music but am newer to Bluegrass... at my 50+ years. I am inspired by Patton Wages playing

Today, I am what you might call the DEEP SOUTH - BRASIL - visiting family... and practicing... or maybe I should just say playing - cuz I enjoy it sooo much!

Ben's site is the best - a Godsend and true companion - when and where I want a lesson - he is there! Can't wait to see the new site layout.

Say... anyone ever try to play Blues yet - like some old "Standards" like Sweet Home Chicago?

Re: Old Time Blues Banjo?

PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 3:23 pm
by markrocka
Hey Will! Welcome to the board.

Yeah, I looked around for quite a while before finding Ben's site. I joined for the free 3 day trial, but after only a few hours of the trial, I signed up for life. If there's a better single source for learning bluegrass online, I haven't found it.

I'm not familiar with the blues tune you mentioned. Got a link?

Re: Old Time Blues Banjo?

PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 5:33 pm
by WillCoop
Hi Mark!

Thanks for posting my first reply! By the way, I am a lifer too.

Here is a link of Sweet Home Chicago https://youtu.be/O8hqGu-leFc

I hope it works to take you to a very old Robert Johnson version. It was also prominently played in the original Blues Brothers movie.

Some of my family is Brasilian but CRAZY for good ole American Blues - all songs! I gave my brother-in-law a harmonica... so I thought that to be a good starter song as my son plays Electric Guitar.

Old Time American music seems to be able to fuse with the Banjo...

Don't you think?

Re: Old Time Blues Banjo?

PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:29 am
by markrocka
Oh yeah! The Blues Brothers. I don't think I would have remembered that's where I heard that song from if you hadn't mentioned it. Blues is my absolute favorite style of playing on guitar, but for some reason, it has never occurred to me to try it on banjo. It probably wouldn't be very tough to convert the minor pentatonic scale to a banjo fret board. Then the challenge would be coming up with a style that would sound right.

Here's the challenge as I see it. Blues is for when you're feeling sad. How can you be sad while listening to the banjo? :)

Re: Old Time Blues Banjo?

PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:00 pm
by mreisz
markrocka wrote:Blues is for when you're feeling sad. How can you be sad while listening to the banjo? :)

I run into the same issue with playing a sad song on the ukulele. I haven't figured that one out.

Re: Old Time Blues Banjo?

PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:45 pm
by WillCoop
You guys definitely have a point. Sad doesn't fit Banjo so well. I look at the Blues in a different way... sure the songs are sad... but the music is to cope with the sadness and even "turn the corner" to FEEL better... a kinda of musical therapy! In this light, is may just be adaptable. Anyway... Sweet Home Chicago doesn't sound too dreary now, does it!?