Whistling Rufus, A part. More parts later...

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Comment by thereallyniceman on October 30, 2011 at 8:58

Hey Marc, thank you for posting. You always look very relaxed for someone who is being stared out by a video camera!

When I listen to you playing the dotted crotchet G on the 5th string, instead of snapping it, I see what you mean. It does sound better and does ring for it full note duration your way. I think that I will try it that way too.

I always find it  difficult changing how I play things when I am programmed to playing one way... I will probably play a mix of your way and my way as the fingers stumble across the notes.


Comment by Trapdoor2 on October 30, 2011 at 15:57
The cool thing about this business is the exchange of ideas. I've been practicing your version (because I think it is better) of the triplet-followed-by-a-crochet (where you pick up the crochet via index finger). I've been doing it so long with my thumb that, although I can do it your way...I can't seem to remember to do it whilst playing. Programming indeed!
Comment by thereallyniceman on November 2, 2011 at 19:17

The debate continues. I have been listening to Vess Ossman playing Whistling Rufus and tend to think that he may have snapped the A to G... I  can't hear the octave string ringing, but the recording is poor! have a listen and see what you think?

Comment by Trapdoor2 on November 2, 2011 at 20:25

Based on that recording, I'd say you're right. However, you're also right that it is difficult to ascertain due to the recording quality. His bass line in the trio is 'staccatto' also...but of course it is his 'version' anyway...very different from the published score.

I wouldn't call it a "debate" anyway; more of a "comparative analysis". ;-)

Comment by thereallyniceman on November 2, 2011 at 20:35

Well, that is a great compliment. I play like Vess Ossman... very different to the score.

I often play very different to the score I am actually trying to play ;-)



Comment by Trapdoor2 on November 2, 2011 at 21:06

Actually, I think your playing is quite like Mr. Ossman's. You play very close to the bridge and have a very strong R/H attack...which is very Ossman-like. He had more hair though.

Yes, I think we all have trouble getting our fingers to walk the score without drifting. Sometimes I drift more than I sail!

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