Frankie and Johnny
September 12, 2014 at 5:57 PM #8756
This lesson is by special request for my good friend Bob Betts. I did this lesson a bit differently. I improvised on the performance video, tabbed out the parts that I played and then taught the lesson. Hope you enjoy!September 15, 2014 at 9:13 PM #8796
Very nice! Thanks for this: I need to learn to play in something besides G D and A…here’s a great chance to start!September 15, 2014 at 11:08 PM #8805
I think my eyebrows shot up at the mention of “F” and “B flat”! I’m with you Cricket…if it’s in my song book it’s probably in D G or A as well. I’ve tried jamming with a few people playing F and B flat, but obviously need more work on those scales because I was totally lost 😮
Another to add to the list!September 16, 2014 at 11:57 AM #8808
Good idea! I’ll go ahead and put my request in for Daly’s Reel and President Garfield’s Hornpipe, both in Bb.September 17, 2014 at 10:44 PM #8881
Oh my, oh my, oh MY!!! John …. I have watched you play so many tunes on your Youtube channel and quite a few tunes here on BluegrassDaddy … but my,oh my …. this would have to be your best one EVER! If you don’t mind me saying the following: I would like to say that you imbued every bit of your heart and your soul into each and every note you played! And when you neared the end, you just seemed to become one with the music and loose yourself in another dimension! It gave me chills as I was transported to that other dimension with you as I watched and listened to you play. You appeared to enter that illusive place that many musicians sadly can only ever dream of. Man!!! I can’t stop watching this vid! Awesome experience, my friend! Simply AWESOME!!!!September 18, 2014 at 12:38 AM #8886
Scott, you are making me blush 🙂 Thank you my friend, I am glad you enjoyed the music. It is so easy to get lost in a song like that one. Sometimes I get a feeling like I could play a tune for hours and still be exploring and learning new things about it. It really is a great feeling!November 14, 2014 at 2:31 AM #11829
John, I just found this lesson and listened to it, and that’s what I mean by magic. I really must learn how to do that, and appreciate you tabbing out the improv — this is _exactly_ what I was talking about over in the Whiskey thread.
At least we have a shot at copying what you’ve done, but… (you can see this question coming, right? :-)) can you teach us how to _create_ those notes in our mind (via rules, principles, etc), even if we can’t play them all.
What wonderful playing. It was beautiful.
Now I’m going to go back and listen to it a couple more times…
November 14, 2014 at 12:50 PM #11840
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The question of “why” is absolutely valid. Mimickry is not as inefficient a learning method as you might think, but still there is something in all of us that wants to know why we do what we do. I have had a gig every evening this week, but now I have tonight (Friday) night and all day Saturday to get caught up on tune requests. After that, I have some good ideas for teaching improv that I will try to get into video form, hopefully very soon.December 1, 2014 at 8:21 AM #12798
John, I just want to ditto Scott’s words!! I have watched this performance lesson many times over but have just noticed the comments now. Scott your every word is exactly how I feel about John’s playing.December 2, 2014 at 1:14 AM #12830
Aw thanks guys! That warms my heart 🙂December 22, 2014 at 3:59 PM #13949
Hi John, I’m wondering if you could extract the audio out of your first video file, so we could have an MP3 practice file that contained the fiddle part of the improvised melody to practice with, like you do with the other lessons? ThanksDecember 22, 2014 at 4:21 PM #13952
COOL!!!!! JOHN VERY COOL!!!!December 22, 2014 at 6:00 PM #13954
Love the way you play this! I wish I could express myself the way Scott did in describing it.
It’s interesting to note that you can move over a string to start playing B flat when you’ve been playing in F.
I benefit very much from the juxtaposition of your vocal explanations, frontal playing, birds-eye hand view ,notes and tablature with the little blue ball bouncing along. This is unique to your lessons.
The song is beyond me now, but I’m going to start on it. Thank you, John!December 27, 2014 at 2:26 PM #14340
John, for some reason, this song is not listed under your “Recent Lessons”.December 27, 2014 at 9:38 PM #14373
Kevin, I apologize for not seeing this message until now! I blame the Christmas rush! I guess that only illustrates the need for my new system of flagging unread posts. I am loving it! Hopefully it is a nice improvement to the forum. I am working on it!
I have added the video audio to the MP3 list above. Thank you for suggesting that!December 28, 2014 at 1:01 AM #14393
That would be very helpful! My newest thing is a vertical bar to the left of the forum description that changes from gray to dark blue if there is a forum that has seen activity since your last login.December 28, 2014 at 8:28 AM #14402
I love your new addition of the colored side bar, John. Makes things SO easy for us! 🙂
Thank you for adding that!
ScottDecember 28, 2014 at 10:12 AM #14410
WOW John, Love what you have done with the place. That will make it so much simpler.December 28, 2014 at 11:32 AM #14424
Oh yes, I agree — the new vertical change bars go a LONG way to solving the problem! (I remember first seeing change bars in printed documents back in the 1970s in computer manuals — and they were a blessing there too.)
Thanks again for the change bars, they really help.December 28, 2014 at 8:19 PM #14473
They are already saving me some time! And thanks for the heads up on the typo. You were right, it was a copy-paste error.August 19, 2015 at 3:40 PM #26299
John, I listened to you playing Frankie once again (for the hundredth time), and — wow, your playing never stops amazing me. I really, really must learn to play this piece when I get done my current projects.
Of course, as I start working on this kind of playing, you can look forward to me bugging you with lots of questions on what’s actually going on under the hood and in your brain as you play this way…
What wonderful playing. It just amazes me.August 19, 2015 at 5:23 PM #26306
Thanks Kevin, that means a lot. Man, I feel bad, I have a string of lessons virtually ready to go on improvisation; I am just so far behind. I am getting my feet under me, though, and planning to really get some stuff done at BGDU this semester.July 7, 2017 at 3:13 AM #51014
Thanks John. Your improvisation on this tune is what attracted me to the site. You sound fabulous on the video..!!
I’ve just printed out the notation and followed your playing and you’ve done a superb job. This is how to teach tunes. Well done..!! ;-))
July 7, 2017 at 10:42 PM #51029
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Thanks John. I would like to do more like this — perform an improvisation then teach it while explaining my thought process.
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