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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by blowtorch, Jan 11, 2019.
Right now I'm trying to learn Earl's beautiful GUITAR picking he played on The Carter's " You Are My Flower" ( the NGDB's version on Will the Circle be Unbroken recording)
It's played in C position ( capo 7, tight on the fingers!- so it's real pitch is G) and really it's just two chords that are picked: C and G- but timing is weird!-Love it!
Thanks for the spot. Might do a little more searching today.
Cool. I had learned a total of three banjo tunes before I discovered Earl's 1967 book (which was 10 yrs old by the time I found it). While there was a full century of amazing banjo picking that predated Scruggs, he carved his own niche and revitalized the 5-string. The period between WWI and the 1960's has been described as "the dark ages" for 5-string banjo. However, it was simply out of the limelight, that thing hiding under the bed or in the attic.
The banjo moves that Earl invented (rolls) had been done in the 19th C...but no one ever imagined them like Earl.
Man when I listen to Earl's playing, when he gets rolling, those percussive arpeggios seem to just hit me like a bunch of brass thumbtacks right between the eyes
A lot of people Google Earl .
The first time I successfully played this ("Groundspeed") up to speed I thought, "I'm a banjo player!"
If they make a movie about Earl Scruggs Kevin Spacey is almost a dead lookalike.
I live in Cleveland County, and at the Earl Scruggs Museum today, which is located in the old Shelby courthouse, they'll teach you Happy Birthday on banjo today.
Another musical treasure in that video is Uncle Josh Graves!
I saw that and was surprised. Back in the mid-70s I saw "The Earl Scruggs Review" at the UW Madison Student Union Terrace. They tore it up - playing everything from the old bluegrass standards to rock (his son, Randy (RIP), could really tear it up on guitar,)
NICE to see a nod to Earl Scruggs on the Google page(that often features sillier or more political themes)
Thanks for spotting this and spreading the word!
Pretty sure Spacey's Hollywood days are through
I was so happy to see that this AM! What a great player.
Also an article on Rolling Stone's website yesterday
Yeah, great band. ESR Rocks!!...
True. Gone like Earl.
I really miss Earl