Rose Leaves Gavotte by Joe Morley - Classic Banjo

My first outing with the new banjo made for me by Eric Stefanelli of France. It's an amazing banjo!

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Comment by Rob MacKillop on April 27, 2019 at 6:18

This is the third video I've shared this morning, only to find that two of them had already been posted here by someone else, so I removed my uploads. This one seems not have been shared. Sadly I no longer have this banjo. 

Comment by Trapdoor2 on April 27, 2019 at 14:03

What a lovely sounding banjo...and well played, of course.

I am a little shocked at how fast you take this. Rob MacKillop after 4 cups of coffee! ;-)

When I got my ZB, this was the first tune I learned on it...about 3/4 of your speed. I dunno, I felt it was a more 'introspective' piece (and easier to play slowly, of course). The ZB and I did not get along as it squirms around on my lap like a new puppy. I eventually had to put a strap on it...much better.

Comment by Rob MacKillop on April 27, 2019 at 14:47

Ha, I usually get accused of playing too slowly :-)

You and your slow introspection! Banjo music is fast and loud! LOL. 

Comment by Rob MacKillop on May 6, 2019 at 22:46

Marc, I've just had a look at the original publication for Rose Leaves Gavotte, which has a metronome mark of quarter note equals 108. That's slower than I play it, right enough, but perhaps faster than you play it, judging by your comments. So, the Goldilocks interpretation is somewhere in between us both. 

Comment by Trapdoor2 on May 6, 2019 at 23:26

I've just had a little futz around with my tab and the midi...

I think I feel the base rhythm around 100bpm. Lots of room for the "r's"(rall/rit), esp. at the end of each phrase. I seem to remember rolling a lot of the chord stacks. Might have advanced the throttle a bit in the bass solo...loved sliding all over the neck though.

It has been a long time since I played it. I trotted it out at an open mic at a coffeeshop ages ago. They looked at me like I'd grown a third eye. Philistines! ;-)

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