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  1. Re: Column: Writing About Bluegrass, Warts and All

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    Re: Column: Where is Bluegrass Headed?

    Punch Brothers are the best traditional bluegrass band on the circuit now. The music is in excellent hands.
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    Re: Is Ragtime Oldtime?

    Yes.
    There are separate and distinct approaches but they are connected and IMO "old time" for what ever that definition is worth :)
    I would think of the distinctions as..
    Piano rags "Classic"...
  4. Re: WANTED:Monroe Style Mandolin/Tenor AND Bluegrass Fiddle

    You'd probably do just as well to pack up and head to Nashville and find your collaborators there.
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    Re: How do you sing Bluegrass Harmony?

    I think that it is a bit surprising that there are dozens of "Hot Licks" instructional tapes and videos but almost nothing on the most important aspects of the music, rhythm and singing.
    As others...
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    Re: Six songs to define bluegrass

    If I had to define bluegrass for a complete newcomer, I'd play them Earl Taylor and Jim McCall's LP, Blue Grass Favorites.
    There it is!
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    Re: Ragtime in and around Nashville

    Head out to Breaking Up Winter this afternoon if you're interested in old time music.
    http://notsba.org/breakin-up-winter/
    Otherwise, don't really know of any "ragtime" per se. There is an old...
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    Re: Playing/Learning Bluegrass.

    Are you learning because you want to play bluegrass for fun or or are you trying to play professionally? The answer to that question would have an impact on how to proceed.
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    Re: The Problem of Rootlessness

    [QUOTE=st_brickworks;1261478]Genuine hillbilly back-porch pickers, much love to you, but this post is not for you.

    I've been getting more and more into bluegrass for the last five years or so, and...
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    Re: Mixed Feelings...

    "On one hand, Southern Flavor is one of my favorite tunes to play. I play the lead very differently from Monroe's way of playing it, but the melody and chord progression of the B part are always...
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    Re: Caleb Roberts and Open Road

    Thought that Open Road fans might be interested to know that Brad Folk has a new band. Here is a video from IBMA:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm9tS4YRqHQ

    They have a tour planned for...
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    Re: When in Nashville?

    what days/nights will you be in town? (I could make suggestions that would fit with your schedule)
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    Re: When in Nashville?

    What are you interested in? Food? Music? History?
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    Re: Mexican fiddle tune books?

    While not transcribed, there are some slowed down versions of Son Huasteco fiddle tunes to be found here:
    http://www.oldtownschool.org/connect/fiddleclub/page/14/
  15. Re: Why do you think Bluegrass is spreading worldwide?

    You don't need to have a high voice to sing bluegrass.
    ps..you mentioned that you were from the Milwaukee area. You have a bunch of great, real deal bluegrass musicians near you. The folks that play...
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    Re: Bluegrass Music, Monroe's Musical Legacy

    Bill Monroe and his sidemen were innovators of major importance. While Monroe was a key figure, I would argue that Jimmy Martin is the one that has had the greatest stylistic influence on the modern...
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    Re: East Virginia Blues

    I think that Richard "Curly" Lambert (rather than Darrell "Pee Wee" Lambert) was the mandolin player on that session but I still believe that it was indeed Ralph fingerpicking the mandolin on East...
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    Re: East Virginia Blues

    Ralph is fingerpicking the mandolin on this cut.
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    Re: Tenor on King of Bluegrass

    Paul Williams sang tenor and played mandolin on both of those Decca recordings.
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    Sad news regarding Earl Scruggs

    http://blogs.tennessean.com/tunein/2012/03/28/earl-scruggs-country-music-hall-of-famer-dies-at-age-88/
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    Re: Bill Monroe Question

    As I had mentioned in my earlier post, I don't think Jimmy was telling McEuen off. Rather, I think he was giving him a a poke in fun for missing his kick.
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    Re: Bill Monroe Question

    I respectfully disagree that the "Circle" project is sub par. Perhaps another close listen would change your perspective. As to the musicians not being up to Monroe's standards...well...Ol' Bill hit...
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    Re: Monroe in 1971

    Mercy...I know who scanned this photo. It is amazing how stuff hops around the internet from a single, initial posting.
    It is a great image.
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    Re: alternate stringing for old time sound

    There are a handful of recordings out there of pre WWII blues mandolin that use an octave tuning on the lower (G, D) courses. To set up for that tuning, remove one of the wound strings on each...
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    Re: Doesn't play well with others!!!

    I've been thinking about the musical value (or lack thereof) of public jams. One of the main problems of unorganized bluegrass jams is that the music (especially the rhythm) is really ragged. It is...
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