Here is the modal scale compendium promised in the Spring 2017 edition…
Okay, Banjo Snob fans (all + or – 10 of you), I have truly fallen off the deep end! I am about to go where no level-headed, serious-minded musician is supposed to go; into the realm of metaphysics, specifically musical vibrations.
Having experienced a case of “writer’s block” (if I can honestly call myself a “writer”) over the last few weeks, I believe it’s time to take a look back on 2016, and forward to 2017.
I just want to take a moment to wish everyone a Merry Christmas (or a respectful Happy Holidays for those so inclined)! Of course I have an ulterior motive. . . I was teaching a lesson the other day, and the subject turned to Christmas songs.
Here is the second in my series of transcriptions of Harry Reser’s plectrum banjo recordings. I count these as “technical studies,” as there is no better way to learn a style than by copying a true master of the instrument. Click on the link below for the transcription.
“I am the greatest!” Muhammad Ali
With those immortal words, Ali earned more detractors than he did fans, and yet, he went out and repeatedly proved that he was indeed “the greatest” at what he did. I understand the dislike for some of the things he did and said outside the boxing ring (and his infamous “showboating” inside the ring).
I’ve always loved Harry Reser; he of course is famous for his Novelty Ragtime compositions for the tenor banjo. I worked up The Cat and The Dog on the plectrum 25 years ago (I would now estimate at about the 75% accuracy level) after hearing Doug Mattocks play it, but I didn’t go any further with his music at that time.
In case you hadn’t noticed by now, I am a true-blue, died-in-the-wool, fully-certified banjo geek! I probably should have named my website/alter-ego The Banjo Geek instead of The Banjo Snob, but I’ll stay the course.
Johnny Baier graciously offered me the opportunity to be the “cover boy” for the latest All Frets magazine. Here is the resulting article: all-frets-article-with-cover
I have in the past said horrible, disparaging things about Chord Melody; heck, I published a whole book entitled The Plectrum Banjo: Beyond Chord Melody!