Thursday, June 18, 2015

Strong Armed

Another tune from guitarist Chris Russell's project.  Banjo solo very much improvised and rough.  Like the tune alot though.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Red River Valley - Key of F

Playing around in the key of F and ended up with this mess.

A few observations about playing in F using standard G tuning....

1)  The 5th string is no longer the tonic of the I chord but now contributes a colourful 9th sound.  It's different and can be real purdy.

2)   The  IV chord will be the Bb and works nicely letting go of the full barre occasionally.

3)  As opposed to playing key of G in open G your open strings now serve to lead you to chord tones for the most part rather than being the chord tones you want to sit on.  Sometimes this is nice and for better or worse you will get sounds you wouldn't be getting otherwise.

Here's a rough clip....

Here's the tab....

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Bluegrass Brunch

If you are in Vancouver over the summer check out the Bluegrass Brunch sundays 11:30am-1:30pm at the Main on Main Street. I am serving as host generally speaking with a rotating lineup of local pickers and bands.  Grand opening is June 14th

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Bill's Last Bash

This is a tune by Vancouver guitar legend Chris Russell.  A fun group to play with;

Chris Russell - Guitar
Devon Wells - Banjo
Scott Smith - Dobro
Russell Sholberg - Bass
Liam MacDonald - Percussion