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Martian
Oct-28-2018, 9:08am
I am not a builder, like the others here, but, have built 1, A model and 2, F's. I am by and large a banjo player, who decided he wanted a mando, and chose to make it. I have been playing maybe a year, but would like some suggestions on Monroe songs to learn,that may be considered " essential" to Bill's style. I do Wheel Hoss, and a couple others, and have worked through some Baldassari vids. It would be especially helpful, if the songs you suggest can be found in our tab library, thanks Mike

sgarrity
Oct-28-2018, 10:23am
Bluegrass Stomp, Jerusalem Ridge, Bluegrass Breakdown, Old Dangerfield

Chris Bowsman
Oct-28-2018, 10:32am
Only one of his I know is Jerusalem Ridge.

Andy B
Oct-28-2018, 12:16pm
Monroe’s 1960s recording of “Paddy on the Turnpike” in G is a good one because it has a lot of classic Monroe techniques in it. It’s a good follow-up to “Wheel Hoss.” The 1950s recording of “Pike County Breakdown” is also a good A tune to learn, with lots of variations.

doc holiday
Oct-28-2018, 12:27pm
East Tennessee Blues, Lonesome Moonlight Waltz, Kentucky Mandolin from the Monroe/Watson sessions. Old Dangerfield, as mentioned. Big Mon. Paddy on the Turnpike is a great one.

Mark Wilson
Oct-28-2018, 3:27pm
Bluegrass Stomp, Jerusalem Ridge, Bluegrass Breakdown, Old Dangerfield

Good ones! Bluegrass Stomp and Jerusalem Ridge are my favorites.

Along with Southern Flavor, Gold Rush, Big Sciota, Watson's Blues and East Tennessee Blues

ETB is the BM tune I like to play most

Not sure if in MC tab library but all pretty accessible re tab on the internet.

doc holiday
Oct-28-2018, 3:51pm
Big Sciota is not a Monroe tune :-)

Timbofood
Oct-28-2018, 4:47pm
Big Mon, Monroe’s Hornpipe, Southern Flavor, Heavy Traffic Ahead...
Start anywhere! Learn the style, learn phrasing, learn right hand!
Don’t just learn to parrot a tune, learn the mechanics too. You will not be sorry you figured out how the right hand mechanics work for his sound, then it becomes built into your muscle memory a little and when you “dig for it” the hands know where to go.
I think my first one was “Monroe’s Hornpipe” (well, after Gold Rush) and I learned it in “G” only to find out that he did it in “A” to get the right lick in the b part!
I guess my point is to learn to hear, not read, how he did tunes even if you don’t do them note for note, you will start to understand how he does what he did.
Listen to the old stuff.
Bill didn’t use no tab, he heard it and felt it!

ralph johansson
Oct-29-2018, 12:34pm
The ones I play are Watson Blues (very freely), Crossing the Cumberlands (very freely), Jerusalem Ridge, and the Gold Rush.

doc holiday
Oct-29-2018, 12:56pm
Ashland Breakdown, Roanoke, Stoney Lonesome...

Timbofood
Oct-29-2018, 6:30pm
I LOVE Ashland breakdown! Never played it though! Better work on that!
Wheel Hoss is another seriously fun tune to play!!!
I like playing Roanoke but, for whatever reason, I never think of it when my band does a gig. Another thing to work on!

Pittsburgh Bill
Oct-29-2018, 10:37pm
The only Monroe tune I do is BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY. I have not yet seen it mentioned by anyone.
Is this one of his iconic tunes or does it indicate that I am not a Grasser?
Serious question, I don't know.

Ivan Kelsall
Oct-30-2018, 2:31am
Hi - Maybe you could do what i've done - listen to as many as you can & choose the ones that appeal to you !. It's ok to have a list of ''must play'' Bill Monroe tunes,but if they don't appeal to you,than there's not much enjoyment in playing them.

Although i'm anything but a Monroe 'stylist',certain tunes really appeal to me - Northern White Clouds / Old Ebenezer Scrooge / Old Daingerfield / Goldrush / Southern Flavour - along with many of the solos that he played in an instrumental - 'Wheel Hoss' / 'Big Sandy River' just to name two.

The only one that i've steered clear of is '' Rawhide'' - it's been played so often,by so many mandolin players that,i don't think it needs my personal contribution,
Ivan

AlanN
Oct-30-2018, 6:03am
Try some of these, in your style

Denny Gies
Oct-30-2018, 7:06am
For me, Rawhide is the quintessential Monroe song. Only problem, for me, is it is a bear to play. Also, why not just learn the ones you like the most. Good luck.

Timbofood
Oct-30-2018, 12:06pm
Rawhide isn’t that hard to play but, playing it so it’s recognizable is a different animal!

tmsweeney
Oct-30-2018, 3:34pm
Jerusalem ridge, Road to Columbus, Old Dangerfield, Lonesome Moonlight Waltz, Wheel Hoss

"Baker Plays Monroe" is a good place to start

working on "Northern White Clouds" - not recorded but some live recordings
"Monroe's Farewell to Long Hollow" - also not recorded but fairly easy

"East Tennessee Blues"is one I want to learn as well as "Ashland Breakdown"
I think I was asked to learn "Roanoke" so I have homework

Singing material is abundant, I mostly concentrate on instrumentals

ralph johansson
Oct-31-2018, 2:00am
To my list I should add Kentucky Waltz (although some say it was written by Clyde Moody). I play it as part of a medley:Tennessee Waltz in F, Missouri Waltz in D, and Kentucky Waltz in Eb.

T.D.Nydn
Oct-31-2018, 7:42am
Kentucky mandolin,,a great bluegrass tune...

Mark Wilson
Oct-31-2018, 9:29am
Kentucky mandolin,,a great bluegrass tune...
It is! Fun tune to play. None of my guitar buddies want to learn it - I guess they think it's just for mandolin.
I get them back by not learning Wildwood Flower

T.D.Nydn
Oct-31-2018, 10:16am
It is! Fun tune to play. None of my guitar buddies want to learn it - I guess they think it's just for mandolin.
I get them back by not learning Wildwood Flower

You know what Mark? I got the same problem!..what's with this tune and guitar players?

UsuallyPickin
Nov-03-2018, 5:53am
Well …. start by learning all the tunes on Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe. You can listen to the different treatments K.B. and B.M. give the tunes and steal from both of them. Then take some time to learn as many of the less played tunes as you are able..... Old Daingerfield tops that list. R/

Martian
Nov-07-2018, 9:56am
thank you so much everybody, I had forgotten I put this up, then deer season happened, and thought I had put in in another area. I am going to star by writing down all the songs, then see how many showed up on multi threads, ( old dangerfield was one) then look to our tab section, I so appreciate it.

Timbofood
Nov-07-2018, 12:18pm
So, did you get your first deer (Bow, I’m guessing) this season or is it muzzle load season first. I don’t hunt but do enjoy cooking venison from time to time.

Martian
Dec-07-2018, 6:12pm
So, did you get your first deer (Bow, I’m guessing) this season or is it muzzle load season first. I don’t hunt but do enjoy cooking venison from time to time.

yes I did, got 2 in one weekend and having slow cocked shanks tonight, thanks for asking

Timbofood
Dec-08-2018, 9:04am
Mike, I learned a great little trick for shanks (or chicken legs, drummettes, etc.)
Scribe through the skin down to the bone at the “foot” end using a very sharp knife.
The meat will contract toward the “head end” and provide a great handle for carving the meat off the bone. It keeps the fingers cleaner for Mandolin playing!
How’s that for getting some Mandolin content back into a post?

Martian
Dec-09-2018, 10:56pm
Mike, I learned a great little trick for shanks (or chicken legs, drummettes, etc.)
Scribe through the skin down to the bone at the “foot” end using a very sharp knife.
The meat will contract toward the “head end” and provide a great handle for carving the meat off the bone. It keeps the fingers cleaner for Mandolin playing!
How’s that for getting some Mandolin content back into a post?

haha well played!! and the shanks were great. tonight I got Paddy on the turnpike tabbed out , what a cool song. got some great tips off youtube from Mike Compton, and one other guy who played it in 3 speeds

Martian
Dec-11-2018, 9:05pm
well, I got" Paddy on the turnpike" tabbed and memorized, , started at 60 bpm, got it to 80 . I play and teach banjo and know speed is only achieved at the pace that you can play it clean, so I am at 80, and will go through list to find another. The reason I wanted to do this, is to learn Monroes style of playing. Just as when I wanted to play / teach banjo, I went with Earl and Foggy Mtn banjo to learn the style, and inherit his feel . actually JD is my favorite

Kevin Winn
Dec-12-2018, 2:31pm
There are some great resources at the Monroe Mandolin Camp site:

Lyrics and chord charts for just about everything vocal:
http://monroemandolincamp.com/monroe-lyrics-charts/

A list of Monroe songs and tunes they recommend for camp attendees to learn (PDF download):
http://monroemandolincamp.com/?media_dl=4530