Catching Up

Murphy Henry

Murphy Henry

Happy May to each and every one of you!

I am just back from the family’s week at the beach, which Casey and topped off with a fourteen hour drive last Friday to be home in time for the big Apple Blossom Festival here in Winchester. Saturday morning she (on fiddle) and I (on guitar) played in the Second Annual Apple Blossom Jam with the Misfits at Bob Mc’s house which is right on the Apple Blossom Festival parade route. We played outside for a couple of hours, retired for some lunch, watched a little of the parade and then came home where I took a power nap in preparation for the Apple Blossom Square Dance that night. (Casey stayed home to watch Dr. Who on TV! Red was still down in Florida, playing at the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival along with Chris.) Sunday morning Casey and I were up bright and early for the Apple Blossom Bluegrass Festival which she was playing with the Dixie Bee-liners. Their two sets were excellent, except for some problems with the sound which made me so mad that during their second set I exploded off my seat and yelled, “BANJO!” Because the banjo mike was OFF during the fiddle and banjo number. Casey yelled back, “I’m PLAYING!!” but of course I couldn’t hear her because her vocal mike was off too. The sound guy finally turned the banjo mike on. I could do a whole page on the sound (which I actually started but mercifully deleted) but that would serve no purpose.

Anyhow, I’d hoped to make this short so I could catch one last visit with Casey before she makes the long drive back to Nashville. (Sad face.) So let me leave you with this tidbit from the Fabulous Ruth Steelman. She’s been studying the two-finger C chord positions on the banjo so she can have more places to use in improvising in the key of C. She came up with this to remind her of where three of them are:

FIRST POSTION C-CHORD: INDEX 1ST FRET 2ND STRING, RING 2ND FRET 1st STRING

THIS I CALL LOVE OR NEXT DOOR TO EACH OTHER

SECOND POSTION C-CHORD: 5th FRET 1st and 2 string

THIS I CALL MARRIGE BECAUSE THEY ARE TOGETHER

THIRD POSTION C-CHORD: 8th FRET 2nd STRING, 10th FRET 1st STRING

THIS I CALL SEPARATION BECAUSE THERE IS A FRET BETWEEN THEM

Cute, Ruth! And with that I will retire to breakfast with Casey!

6 thoughts on “Catching Up

  1. steve b

    Hope Casey gets home ok with all the rain and flooding around Nashville. She can play the banjo, cook and sing, if she only had a bass boat.

  2. Martin Bacon

    I’m thinking those are all “moveable” chords, so you should be able to play C, F, and G with them. Is that right? And, no, Murphy I am not playing in C yet. I have my hands full with all the other things I’m trying to learn. Thanks, Ruth. That is a great mnemonic. Drive safely, Casey.

  3. Banjoal

    I cant tell you how many times the sound people have messed up our sets. They set the sound and then leave. And heaven forbid that you would tell them what you would like. So we have to move in and out and some time all the mikes are not on. And the wife tells me that the music sounds better at the camp site. DUH I feel your pain Murphy….. Al

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