A Mexican Ride, Emile Grimshaw...

Hi Gang,

Ok, I've done my thing on "A Mexican Ride", I hope you like it. Notched the dots off of ebay the other day and thought I'd give 'em a go.


As the first four measures were left to the piano player, I xferred them to the 1st banjoist. Sounds OK on this end but if you want, you can make up your own. I'm sure I'll come up with some kind of messy intro...

In the TAB, m34 contains a quick set of 1/32 notes...this is a grace note ornament that I had to 'fake in' to get it to output properly to the MIDI...and to print out without screwing up the TAB software's sense of time (since it doesn't recognize such things as triplet grace notes). Pay no attention to it, go look at the dots to get the proper feel for it.

In m55, 59 and 65 I cannot figure out how to get the bass note to ring its full value...I haven't actually played this with a banjo in my lap, so maybe there is an obvious method to get it right and proper. Let me know if you get it figured out.

The 2nd banjo part is a hoot...and almost stands by itself. If anyone wants the MIDI (to hear the tune with both parts going, albeit in a tinny/crappy way), let me know and I'll post it.

Yes, the dots are dark. I took the pictures quickly and I still haven't taken the time to learn how to 'white balance' properly.

So, here ya go. Let me know if there are problems, errors, etc. Have fun!


A Mexican Ride all.pdf

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Comment by Trapdoor2 on August 8, 2009 at 19:00
OK, I've played thru this a couple of times now...found some fingering issues in the 1st banjo part. I've corrected the original pdf.

This is a fun piece. I wish I had someone local to work up the duet...here's the MIDI if you wish to hear it.

A Mexican Ride duet.mid
Comment by Ray Jones on August 9, 2009 at 1:03
A sincere thank you, to a real contributor
Comment by thereallyniceman on August 9, 2009 at 11:12
Another big thank you for hours and hours of work for the classic banjo community. If you haven't entered a score, note by note for a piece as long as this and with a second part too, you can not imagine what happens to your brain by the time you have finished!!

Nobody wants to play me me either Marc... how far is it to Alabama from Blackpool? Is there a bus service?


I had a quick listen and a couple of notes jumped out as sounding a bit like typos!

The bass note of the first chord in measure 78 sounds of the TAB (second part) sounds that it should be an E not an F, and measure 81 the last C as though it should be should be Csharp ??

All the best

Comment by Trapdoor2 on August 9, 2009 at 16:15
Thanks Ray, I appreciate the pat on the back!

Ian, well spotted,! Thank you!! Sorry, they've suspended bus service between Blackpool and Huntsville for some reason. I suspect the North Atlantic Bus Driver's Union is to blame. Ah well, wait till they have the Atlantic Tube finished. Wouldn't want to que for that one just yet... ;-)

I fixed the errors and updated the .pdf...but this system won't let me edit my own comment (the one with the MIDI) without completely deleting the posting. So, I'll just repost the "corrected" MIDI here:

A Mexican Ride duet.mid

Again, thanks for helping me to sort this stuff out. It is always more difficult to find errors than to create them!


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