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Will Fly
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« on: April 10, 2009, 11:18:33 AM »

A lovely old tune written by George L. Cobb in 1915. I think the vaudeville and old-time tunes written around the turn of the century and just after are some of the greatest tunes in American music. Fun to play, with sweet chords and a real lilt to them. It's generally played far too fast by many musicians who, in using it as a vehicle to show off, lose the beauty of the melody and the chord changes. Recorded here just using a Shure SM58 mic.

Alabama Jubilee

Cheers,

Will
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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2009, 11:33:47 AM »

Nice version. You get a little show into it as it moves along too. 
I still don't mind hearing clarence especially, or others, tear it up at light speed but this version nice too. In fact maybe in a little time
I'll try finger pickin it.   Thanks!
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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2009, 11:43:33 AM »

nice pickin"...a great old tune..thx I enjoyed listening
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« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2009, 11:51:28 AM »

Nice version. You get a little show into it as it moves along too. 
I still don't mind hearing clarence especially, or others, tear it up at light speed but this version nice too. In fact maybe in a little time
I'll try finger pickin it.   Thanks!

Yes, I did have a little fun with it, I must admit! But - the tempo, compared to - say - Jerry Reed's 1970s version on the Tube, is very steady indeed!

Cheers,

Will
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« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2009, 11:59:21 AM »

I prefer the slower tempo.....
Do you do your own arrangements ?

- Larry
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« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2009, 12:01:44 PM »

Nice song, well played! I agree with your thoughts on tempo, too.

Yours seems plenty fast enough to me - too fast and the songs start to lose a little of the "swing", too. Everytime I hear a piano player playing the Enertainer at break-neck pace, I always think of what Scott Joplin said about how ragtime should be played at a relaxd tempo. (I know your tune isn't strictly ragtime, but it has a similair feel to it, I think).

Again, very nice!
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« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2009, 12:08:36 PM »

I prefer the slower tempo.....
Do you do your own arrangements ?

- Larry

Yup - I always work out stuff for myself. The sheet music has this in the key of C, but it falls more easily on the guitar in G. I've posted some simple music, chords and tab on my website at: my tabs page

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Will
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« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2009, 12:20:41 PM »

That was brilliant Will, as always.
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« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2009, 12:48:58 PM »

Will- thoroughly enjoyable.
great arrangement, too.
I'll echo the sentiment for the tempo.
I have to always remind myself not to rush these pieces, for the reasons you stated.
Bravo!
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« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2009, 04:29:04 PM »

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Quote from: lw216316 on Today at 06:59:21 AM
Do you do your own arrangements ?  - Larry

Yup - I always work out stuff for myself. The sheet music has this in the key of C, but it falls more easily on the guitar in G.
( Will )


wonderful, great work !
I really enjoy arranging a song for guitar.
Its fun to try it in different keys and chord inversions and 'create a structure' -

There's something satisfying about coming up with a set of chords that FLOW together -
rather like figuring out a puzzle and getting all the pieces to fit together perfectly.

Each song seems to have its own structural 'character' (apart from the music)
Its like a ' dance ' with the fingers -

- Larry
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