Academic discussion of Western Swing.
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- November 19, 2015 at 1:26 pm #2664
A few years ago, that topic title would have scared me off, but now that I’ve been learning more about music, I dig diving in deeper to theory.
I was goofing around with the song “Who’s Sorry Now” from 1923 and found this academic musical breakdown about Milton Brown’s version. Though I can’t understand all of it, and can’t really read music that well, it’s still fun to read.November 20, 2015 at 10:46 am #2668MikemcParticipant
The part where he discussed “The Pressures of Recording” starting on page 26 was pretty good. A little whiskey to lube things up. He didn’t leave anything out of this. I give him an A+. His rhythm guitar and chord analysis was pretty good too. I had to find the song on youtube as I hadn’t heard this tune before. Thanks for sharing.November 21, 2015 at 6:49 pm #2673
Fantastic!!! I loved the historical background on the player piano, and records. I recommend this as a good read for folks. I thought it was interesting that part of the popularity was a result of having blues and hillbilly music being sold at a discounted price. I liked how sheet music was marketed.May 2, 2016 at 12:27 pm #3711mizzmaddieParticipant
This is Maddie Dietrich. I appreciate your interest (as I do the other forum participants)! I’ve never known how to gauge interest (relevance) among the readers of my work–it was kind of aimed at a few disciplines at once, but I never really got a strong enough response to continue the work. I’d really like to expand the idea and do another six or eight transcriptions from that session, or maybe from other Brownies’ sessions (especially the last one with Cliff Bruner), or maybe representatives from different bands altogether. Your interest (and others like you) makes me feel there’s hope to get back to it, so thanks!
Here’s a video I made for a conference last summer (ARSC, Pittsburgh 2015). It was my first attempt at this kind of thing, but I thought it came out pretty well. A
May 2, 2016 at 1:36 pm #3713
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Wow! So cool that you found this forum. I would love to see more transcriptions!May 7, 2016 at 10:42 am #3735
Me too! That video is fantastic thank you very much. Out here in Ca with the exception of the Lucky Stars we really don’t have any western swing bands. I tried my hand at it for awhile but it was hard to keep going the gigs were so sparse it was hard for me to stay sharp in between gigs. Again I’m so happy you found this forum!May 8, 2016 at 2:13 pm #3736MikemcParticipant
This is gold. Awesome job putting that together! More, oncore! lolJune 11, 2016 at 12:47 pm #3947
I was just reading more about Bob Dunn, Milton Brown’s lap steel player. Check out this great tone he gets:June 14, 2016 at 7:09 pm #4002
Heck Yeah!!!!! killer tone. Reminds me of Juaquin Murphy, really aggressive.
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