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|Newsletter #2 • Winter/Spring 2003
News, Music, tablature, MPs, to download & learn!
|Hello and welcome to our Musix Newsletter #2. It’s been a while since the last one (Musix Newsletter #1) and we’ve got lots of things to tell you about and music to play.
This issue includes five tunes for mandolin and guitar, with standard notation, chords and tablature, in .pdf and MP3 formats. But first, the news!
Jim and I sing and play a collection of our favorite songs, mostly traditional, mostly in the "brother duet" style. Those of you who love simple and straight forward singing and picking will surely want to get a copy. Click on the CD cover below for more information.
One of the tunes from the CD is my crosspicking guitar version of "Banks of the Ohio." You can download the music and TAB to it below.
Congratulations to my good ol' pal Jim. His photo is on the cover of the current issue of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine along with a feature article on his music. Check it out!
Fiddle Tunes for Cello with BackUP TRAX
Memphis Minnie Blues
The book/CD set provides you with a hot blues rhythm section to play along with you play all the leads! I included a variety of blues in many keys: country, delta, texas, urban, slide, alternate tuning. "Memphis Minnie Blues" is named after the great blues guitar player and singer Memphis Minnie.
On the actual BackUP TRAX CD you'll first hear the melody to each tune at a slow speed, with just guitar backup. Then you'll hear the melody again, this time in the context of the full band, at regular speed. Finally, you'll hear the band track, without any lead, and you supply all the licks, melodies, and solos! It's a lot of fun, if I do say so myself!
I capoed at the fourth fret and played out of C position which puts me in the key of E. For his rhythm, Jim capoed strings 1-5 at the second fret and left the 6th string un-capoed. He then played out of the key of D, which capoed at the second fret sounds like the key of E. The combination of this with the uncapoed 6th string makes it sound like Jim is playing with a lowered 6th string.
The hammer ons in measure 1 and 8 might throw off your timing at first. If that's the case, leave them out, at least temporarily. I use an alternating "down/up" picking pattern throughout, as noted with up and down arrows in the first few measures. You could just as easily use a "down-down-up" pattern.
Danny Boy and The Cuckoo's Nest
This version of "Danny Boy" is played with a bit of a swing and lots of eighth notes. In the second part I use a lot of tremolo to build the dynamics. There's a simpler version of "Danny Boy" in my "Great Mandolin Pickin’ Tunes" book/CD set.
The most difficult parts of "The Cuckoo’s Nest" are the triplet passages in measures 2, 4, 8, and so on. Luckily you can play them with the combination of a hammer on and a pull off.
Banks of the Ohio MP3 (298K)
Intro to Shady Grove MP3 (174K)
Shady Grove MP3 (266K)
Danny Boy MP3 (709K)
Cuckoo's Nest MP3 (412K)
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