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Thread: Season 322 Ukuleles ARE allowed in Bluegrass (one week only)

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    I'm still trying to get my head around what is and isn't bluegrass. I have a feeling this may be skirting the line (although it is quite modern). Am I right or am I way off base? (By the way, I'm not thinking about covering this.)


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    Been dealing with Asthma the last 10 days, but I'm happy to be able to get my hacking under control long enough to submit at least one song this week Trent. No lack of Ideas that's for sure. Thanks for hosting and sorry you've had to spend more time explaining bluegrass than playing bluegrass

    Shady Grove has been performed by so many bluegrass artists over the years . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickie View Post
    I enjoyed that!
    Thanks Nickie!

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    Quote Originally Posted by robinboyd View Post
    I'm still trying to get my head around what is and isn't bluegrass. I have a feeling this may be skirting the line (although it is quite modern). Am I right or am I way off base? (By the way, I'm not thinking about covering this.)

    The banjo playing is of the bluegrass style, the rest of it no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mezcalero View Post
    Been dealing with Asthma the last 10 days, but I'm happy to be able to get my hacking under control long enough to submit at least one song this week Trent. No lack of Ideas that's for sure. Thanks for hosting and sorry you've had to spend more time explaining bluegrass than playing bluegrass

    Shady Grove has been performed by so many bluegrass artists over the years . . .

    Thanks Kevin, hope you feel better soon! I knew going into this week there would be some explaining what Bluegrass is. It's a foreign concept in some parts of the world. I do feel like we're making at least some progress though, and people are having fun and trying, so I'm enjoying seeing that process here this week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Recovering Bassist View Post
    The banjo playing is of the bluegrass style, the rest of it no.
    Thanks. With that info, I think I'm starting to get a feel for what to look for.

    Now, I just need to remember to host a trip hop season as payback

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    Quote Originally Posted by robinboyd View Post
    Thanks. With that info, I think I'm starting to get a feel for what to look for.

    Now, I just need to remember to host a trip hop season as payback
    I may deserve such a payback. lol I did chuckle soon as I clicked on the video and saw a full drum kit. I thought, ohhhh young Robin really does not get the concept of Bluegrass. lol Usually no drums in it, though there are some exceptions, but in traditional Bluegrass, the bass is playing essentially what would be the "kick drum" part, and the mandolin is playing the "snare drum". There are syncopated mandolin chords, called "chop chords", they don't ring out, the idea is to get that "boom chick" percussive sound between the bass and mandolin, which serves to keep the band in time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Recovering Bassist View Post
    I may deserve such a payback. lol I did chuckle soon as I clicked on the video and saw a full drum kit. I thought, ohhhh young Robin really does not get the concept of Bluegrass. lol Usually no drums in it, though there are some exceptions, but in traditional Bluegrass, the bass is playing essentially what would be the "kick drum" part, and the mandolin is playing the "snare drum". There are syncopated mandolin chords, called "chop chords", they don't ring out, the idea is to get that "boom chick" percussive sound between the bass and mandolin, which serves to keep the band in time.
    Ah. Yep. I didn't get that. Thanks again.

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    Ahoy everybody.
    Here is my 3rd attempt at sounding bluegrassy.
    I saw that Cold Cold Heart with Hank Williams was on a few bluegrass song lists so that is what I tried today.

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    I've known this song a long time as a traditional song from the Appalachians but I noticed it featured in the list in the OP and It's been sitting with my trad songs waiting for a suitable time to bring it.

    I had two goes using different techniques and chose this one. The accompaniment is really more folk than bluegrass but I pitched the vocal a tone higher than in the other one I did which was accompanied by my 6 string strummed. I'll maybe work the other one up and put it on the Island.

    FWIW here is Fair and Tender Ladies.
    Geoff Walker

    I have several ukuleles in various sizes and am not planning on getting any more...

    at least, not yet.

    I also play some blowy things and a squeezy thing

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