Music Performance, Worship Leading, Saxophones, Things to Think About, More

Visit our Sites
Jump to the School of the Rock Home Page CreekDontRise.com Home Page Jump to our articles about music
Visit our Classic Train Songs Page View articles and other resources supporting independent Christian musicians.
Click to visit Paul's Music Page

It is currently Sat Sep 26, 2020 7:35 pm


Note: Because we manage multiple music sites with some overlapping content, we have divided the discussion topics between the sites' discussion forums, depending on which site has the greater emphasis on a topic.

The discussion forums on this page relate to such topics as:

  • Vintage Saxophones
  • Contemporary Christian Music
  • Christian Living
  • Worship Leading
  • Bible Interpretation

Other Music topics, including acoustic instruments, music performance, music careers, songwriting, and train songs are discussed on the CreekDontRise.com discussion forum.

To join the discussions on this page, please use the SchoolOfTheRock.com forum signup page.
To visit the discussion forums on the CreekDontRise.com page, please click here.
To join the discussions on the CreekDontRise.com page, please use the CreekDontrise.com forum signup page.
Our Momma Don't 'Low newsletter includes music topics from all of our music web pages. Click here for more information.
To contact Paul offline, please use our SchoolOfTheRock.com contact page.

However you get in touch, we'll be very glad to hear from you - Paul Click to see Paul's music home page Click to contact Paul through this page. Click to see Paul's music page on Facebook Click to sign up for this discussion forum. Click to hear Paul's music on SoundCloud. Click to see Paul's music blog page Click to learn about our Momma Don't Low Newsletter. Click to see Paul's YouTube Channel. Click to see Paul's Twitter Page

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 1 post ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2014 11:08 pm 
Offline
Site Admin
User avatar

Joined: Thu May 15, 2014 6:03 pm
Posts: 210
A reader writes:
suggestions: I enjoy your articles with the "did God give rock and roll to you" and "what happened to the banjo?"
comment: I find your site really interesting. I'm a younger man, right around 30. I've been playing in metal bands for the better part of the last 15 or so years. Guitar is my main instrument. Recently, I've gotten into country, and am trying to create a country/metal hybrid sound. Now I understand that this might not be your thing, but bare with me. So, I went out and bought a Dean backwoods banjo, with out really knowing too much about the instrument. All I really knew is I liked the sound of the instrument, and I felt I could be creative with it. Which I have been. That's what ultimately matters as musicians right?

I read your article on the 6 string banjo. I found it to be really informative. I have to agree with the stigmas you mentioned in your "what happened to the banjo?" Even walking out of the store with a 6 stringed version, I was getting some crazy looks. I really don't care actually. I didn't buy it for them.

I'm curious to know your thoughts on Hank Williams Sr. though, and where you think he may have got his influences. I know much of it came from the blues. And there were a few performers from the 20's who were country based. Other than that, I'm sort of at a loss.



------Our Reply -----Please log in and add your own if you'd like ----------

Thanks for getting in touch. I'm glad you enjoyed the articles. BTW, having a heavy metal fan playing a banjo isn't as outrageous as you think. Except for the drawls and the pedal steels half of the "Country" music on the radio today could have passed for "hard rock" in the 1960s and early 1970s.

The button according, not so much. :-) You can probably tell, though, that I'm a fan of all kinds of music, but especially "Americana"

Regarding the ancestry of Country music, the most important precursor was the Carter family. Their earliest stuff was drawn right from the Appalachian sources that were all around them. Bluegrass was a mid-19th century invention, adding "blue notes" and a snare drum. "Texas Swing" added a particular kind of fiddle part that tended to play syncopated parts in parallel thirds, and so on. "Singing Cowboys" like Gene Autry made singing with (admittedly modified) southern accents more acceptable to general audiences.

Early Country music borrowed from all of those influences. To my ears, at least, I think that the most distinctive sounds of early Country were the results of record producers applying "popular music" elements and recording styles to songs and vocal styles that, in many cases, could have predated the Carters. That's a big IMHO - as soon as I make such a statement, someone else will come along and give Tex Avery or someone all the credit.

You're right in a sense that there isn't as much "Country" per se before Hank Sr. as you might think, but that's in part because, except for Carter family, not much was recorded that would be considered "Country" today.

Check out the Carter Family at least, and you'll see how AP Carter & Co may have been a pretty direct influence on Hank Sr. Also, Vernon Dalhart's "Wreck of the Old 97" was a huge and influential pre-Country hit. If you sang it today with a trap set, pedal steel and trap set, you'd be accused of singing "Country," but in Dalhart's day, they called it "Mountaineer Music." Here is it on You Tube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr3afP13L3k

Back to the banjo. If you got the kind with the big metal flange, and you can get the action adjusted where you need it, your lead skills will give you all kinds of advantages on the thing. I fingerpick mostly, so I found that the electric version - without the metal flange and therefore less "ring" - was more suited to my style.

Either way, I like the nice semi-Dobro sound of the lowest notes. Since I also play 5-string, I've adapted some of my picking patterns to give a general impression of bluegrass banjo, though you can't play Scruggs-style (which most people equate with Bluegrass banjo) on the thing. If I ever get a recording of what I'm talking about, I'll post it on the newsletter, which you have subscribed to. Also, if you make any recordings that would fit into the "Americana," Folk, Bluegrass, etc. genre, I'd love to hear them.

Got to run. Sorry for the long diatribe, but I hope I've given you some ideas for research.

Let me know how things progress for you - Paul


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 1 post ] 

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron


To join the discussions on this page, please use the SchoolOfTheRock.com forum signup page.

To contact Paul offline, please use our SchoolOfTheRock.com contact page.

Paul Race playing his Longneck guitar. Click to go to Paul's music home page.A Note from Paul: Whatever else you get out of our pages, I hope you have a blessed day and figure out how to be a blessing to those around you as well.

And please stay in touch!

    - Paul Race Click to see Paul's music home page Click to contact Paul through this page. Click to see Paul's music page on Facebook Click to sign up for this discussion forum. Click to hear Paul's music on SoundCloud. Click to see Paul's music blog page Click to learn about our Momma Don't Low Newsletter. Click to see Paul's YouTube Channel. Click to see Paul's Twitter Page



All material, illustrations, and content of this web site is copyrighted 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006,
2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 by Paul D. Race. All rights reserved.




Musician's Friend Stupid Deal of the Day



Visit related pages and affiliated sites:
- Music -
Heartland-inspired music, history, and acoustic instrument tips.
Best-loved railroad songs and the stories behind them.
School Of the Rock Discussion Forums:  Saxophones, Christian Music, Worship, Things to Think About, and More. Creek Don't Rise Discussion Groups, Acoustic Instruments, Careers, Songwriting, Performance, More The Independent Christian Musician. Check out our article on finding good used guitars.
Carols of many countries, including music, lyrics, and the story behind the songs. X and Y-generation Christians take Contemporary Christian music, including worship, for granted, but the first generation of Contemporary Christian musicians faced strong, and often bitter resistance. Different kinds of music call for different kinds of banjos.  Just trying to steer you in the right direction. New, used, or vintage - tips for whatever your needs and preferences. Wax recordings from the early 1900s, mostly collected by George Nelson.  Download them all for a 'period' album. Explains the various kinds of acoustic guitar and what to look for in each.
Look to Riverboat Music buyers' guide for descriptions of musical instruments by people who play musical instruments. Learn 5-string banjo at your own speed, with many examples and user-friendly explanations. Explains the various kinds of banjos and what each is good for. Learn more about our newsletter for roots-based and acoustic music. Folks with Bb or Eb instruments can contribute to worship services, but the WAY they do depends on the way the worship leader approaches the music. A page devoted to some of Paul's own music endeavors.
With a few tools and an hour or two of work, you can make your guitar, banjo, or mandolin much more responsive.  Instruments with movable bridges can have better-than-new intonation as well. Musings about music-related subjects on SchoolOfTheRock.com Explains why Bluegrass pickers look for certain features. Contact Paul through this site's Contact page. Check out Paul's music page on Facebook. Jump to the School of the Rock Home Page



Click to trains that commemorate your team!

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group