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But have you seen my arms Ray? Lifting my B&D Silverbelle out of the case all these years has made for some big guns. However, I'm getting a bit too old for anything larger than a spinet piano now.
I've asked the question about arranging piano music for banjo on a couple of different lists, so far without much luck in terms of technical insight. For the past several months I've been receiving posts from the Ragtime Piano list. I asked them about this issue but haven't heard anything yet.
I'll just jump in and start with the right hand of a piano score and add chords as needed. The tricky part for me comes in when having to change keys to better suit the banjo. I guess it's time to bone up on some music theory and circle of fifths etc. In any event, I thought there might me something on this topic somewhere in the early 20th C classic banjo literature since at that time it was common practice to arrange piano scores for banjo (and other stringed instruments). Sometimes, of course, the influence went in the other direction as per the notes of Joplin and Gottschalk, among others.
This is for a project that I'm beginning that will attempt to develop some banjo pieces from early 20th C Latin American composers--especially Lecuona, Cervantes, and Narareth.
Today is Thanksgiving in the USA. Wishing all a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving wherever you are. Jim
I had banjo lessons from David and I have just started to play again.
David Wade said:
Many moons ago, while he was still in the North East David Miles MBE and Jack Haliday did a book together of Ragtime arrangements which included things like Silver Swan and Cascades. David did a second book of 100 tunes but I don't have a copy of that. Copyright on all David's work has now been assigned to Clifford Essex Music and I'm pleased to report that some of his Ragtime arrangments will be available shortly. Incidently I have copies of David's arrangment of Marching Through Georgia - please email me off-list if you are interested.
If you want to understand the harmony part for your transposition, I suggest reading Complete School Of Harmony for the Banjo by William A. Huntley. I've been told that what he wrote had already been done in the classical era of piano but he applied it to banjo. You'll just have to accept that it's written in banjo A notation when looking at the finger placements. I have also read somewhere that for banjo the chords of piano music would have to be inverted but I don't remember in which text that was written. Hopefully I run across it again and I hope this helps even though its years later!