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Grassing up non-traditional Grass songs

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Jun 30, 2020 - 7:21:39 PM
129 posts since 6/11/2019

What's your favorites to Bluegrass up (ie, uptempo for fiddle, geetar and mando solos)?

For country trad, my bunch has used:

Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
From a Jack to a King
Heartaches by the Number
There Stands the Glass
I Can't Stop Loving You
A Fool Such as I, etc

What about rock--we also grass up
Tequila Sunrise
Amie
They Call Me the Breeze
Can't You See
Fire On the Mtn (Marshall Tucker Band version)
even Midnight Rider (Allman Bros)

looking for new ideas from you performing artists--I'll send you a cut, I promise

Also, what do you do when vocalist can't sing Uncle Pen in A?

Jul 1, 2020 - 4:13:21 AM
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4653 posts since 9/26/2008

"Willin'"
We play verses at similar tempo at Little Feat, then do the slow down "weeeeed, whites and.." then stomp down on "wiiiine" and play at cut time over the chorus.
"Folsom Prison Blues"
"I've Been Everywhere"
"Here Comes the Sun" (learned for a wedding and it stuck).

Jul 1, 2020 - 5:17:18 AM
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Ripple
Friend of the Devil
Last Thing on My Mind
Lonesome Me

If you have a melodic banjer picker it opens it up i think.

Jul 1, 2020 - 9:57:40 AM

4653 posts since 9/26/2008

I assume the vocalist sings it in G (if male)? Tell him the fiddle part, which is probably most important in this tune, doesn't work the same unless in A, then let someone else give singing it a try, if that doesn't work, pick a different song. wink

Edited by - ChickenMan on 07/01/2020 09:58:10

Jul 1, 2020 - 10:00:30 AM
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269 posts since 6/21/2007

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Originally posted by Flat_the_3rd_n7th



Also, what do you do when vocalist can't sing Uncle Pen in A?


That's why God created 5 string fiddles, just move everything down a string. wink

Jul 1, 2020 - 11:27:53 AM

129 posts since 6/11/2019

Grateful Dead songs have a lot of "texture." I suppose you can arrange them to square them up a little. Good material to use. I also like anything Cash or Elvis from the 50s-60s. Works up until the "Disco Country" era of the 70s.

"I've been Everywhere"--awesome song. I'd never be able to remember all those place names, though.

Right, Uncle Pen is a "little" strained in A at "late in the evening about sundown," for the male singer. But he'll just have to get over it. Regarding a 5-string, there's no way I could reach far enough over to double-stop a C-string on that solo, my wrist would break.

Jul 1, 2020 - 1:44:36 PM

10901 posts since 9/23/2009

When I was in an amateur, very very amateur BG band for a few years a while back...we did a Monkey Song Grassed up...that's about when I decided BG wasn't my thing at all...lol.

Jul 1, 2020 - 3:50:39 PM
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1696 posts since 8/27/2008

Beatles song "I Don't Want To Spoil The Party" is good.

Jul 1, 2020 - 3:56:49 PM
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5718 posts since 8/7/2009

We played Ophelia (The Band) - inspired by the Gibson Brothers. Folks loved it.

Jul 1, 2020 - 4:02:20 PM
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129 posts since 6/11/2019

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Originally posted by groundhogpeggy

When I was in an amateur, very very amateur BG band for a few years a while back...we did a Monkey Song Grassed up...that's about when I decided BG wasn't my thing at all...lol.


That's awesome!  I'm assuming you mean the Monkee's:  do you remember the song?  "Last Train to Clarksville?"  That would make a good BG song.

Jul 1, 2020 - 7:11:42 PM

10901 posts since 9/23/2009

Something like I Love You and I know you Love me or something similar to that.

Jul 2, 2020 - 1:25:04 PM

1557 posts since 12/11/2008

First Movement of Beethoven's Sixth Symphony. Works quite well on the D-18. Key of C.

Jul 3, 2020 - 11:07:58 AM

129 posts since 6/11/2019

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Originally posted by Lonesome Fiddler

First Movement of Beethoven's Sixth Symphony. Works quite well on the D-18. Key of C.


The Pastorale.  A little complicated for us hicks, but I suppose one could use one of the motifs.  Anything sounds good on a D-18.  Using classical opens up a ton of ideas if you are good at arranging.  For example, I would bet any white-mule-soaked listener could recognize 'Fur Elise.'  Play it allegro and hornpipe the 16th notes.  Turn loose the banjer picker.

Jul 3, 2020 - 11:14:04 AM

1378 posts since 4/6/2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krZWozSZnLkThis is one of the folks i play with favs


 

Edited by - pete_fiddle on 07/03/2020 11:16:24

Jul 3, 2020 - 11:45:36 AM

1378 posts since 4/6/2014

quote:
Originally posted by pete_fiddle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krZWozSZnLkThis is one of the folks i play with favs


 


Basically anything i play with em either ends up grass, (green or blue), or swing.....love emheart

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