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Episode 53 - You Can Write a Tune
In this episode I do my best to encourage you to try writing your own tunes. I divide my time between technical tips and philosophical considerations. Have fun!
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There are a lot of things to include here so be sure to scroll all the way down so you don't miss anything. Here we go:
As soon as I completed uploading this episode I thought of something else I meant to say. Here it is:
The art of composing your own tunes, no matter whether they are good or not-so-good, is great training for learning to improvise when soloing. After all, improvisation is merely a high-speed, high-pressure tune-writing experience. I am pretty sure I talked about that in the episode called: Thoughts on Improvisation.
In this episode I quoted from several books. They are:
"Masters of the 5 String Banjo" by Tony Trischka and Peter Wernick:
"What I Know 'Bout What I Know" by Butch Robins:
and Can't You Hear Me Callin' by Richard D. Smith:
To give mandolin players some examples here are a few tunes of my own:
And finally, here are the two Scruggs solos for you to compare. They are on fire!
And finally, that closing music for the episode is another tune I wrote called "Silver Dollar Hornpipe". That is just a little recording I made so I could teach the tune to other folks. It's an interesting tune since it goes back and forth between the keys of E and A.