Friday, September 19, 2008

10-Year Old Nikki Plays Jerusalem Ridge on Banjo

I did quite a bit of recording yesterday, and this first video is of Nikki playing Jerusalem Ridge on banjo. This is her newest song and we've been working on it for about 3-4 weeks now. Good job, Nikki!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great job by the youngster but the walkdown was played wrong by the guitar player.
The walkdown starts with the Am goes to Dm then to C, Em and back to Am.
Thats the way Baker wrote it.

Chris said...

Actually, E chord is the correct chord, but the walk down (which I don't do) is C to B to the Am chord. Craig Duncan explains it this way in the Master Fiddle Solo Collection, "The guitar and bass usually play the E chord, with a C bass on the first beat and a B bass on the second beat of the measure, walking down to the Am on the downbeat of the next measure."

Anonymous said...

Well I don't mean to mix words here on the internet I am more of a people person and I don't know about your fiddle person but I learned the tune from Baker and Monroe when I was a Bluegrass Boy in the mid 80's and the correct walk down the way we played it was, You are already in the Am position to Dm to C to Em and back to Am.
Everyone now days has their own way of interpitation of a song but no one want to play it the was it was written. Being in the company of Monroe you did it his way or no way and thats how he taught it to me so that is the standard I go by.
You are doing a great job with the kids I see on your website keep up the good work.
S.B.

Chris said...

Aha! I think that you and Craig are saying the same thing, but I just didn't interpret it that way. Irregardless, you're right -- I didn't play it that way on guitar. I'm going to do a separate post addressing this issue, and the more important issue of "rightness," so to speak. Thank you very much for your comments!

Chris said...

Here is the link to the post I am mentioning in my previous comment: http://thebluegrassshack.blogspot.com/2008/10/interpretation-correctness-and-i-stand.html