The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #80866 Message #2894240
Posted By: Stringsinger
25-Apr-10 - 06:37 PM
Thread Name: Happy! - May 3 (Pete Seeger born, 1919)
Subject: RE: Happy! - May 3 (Pete Seeger born, 1919)
The thing that Pete must be lauded for is what he did for the five-string banjo. He was the first to offer interesting musical accompaniments for singing. His manner of playing
should be put into a book form. (In spite of his early book, it really hasn't been conclusive enough.) He and his sister Peggy did the most creative musical accompaniments for their songs that departed from the traditional old-time or bluegrass style of playing. Both Pete and Peggy were exposed to a variety of music that was compositional in nature and borrowed from so-called "legit" music. Pete uses ninths, thirteens and an occasional diminished chord in his accompaniments. Pete has had an early jazz background on the uke and tenor banjo. He offered unusual accompaniments in minor keys that weren't heard before on five-string banjo. His tuning was not unlike the four-string plectrum banjo (C-tuning) and the G-tuning. He also adopted the "Little Birdie" tuning which opened up another musical possibility. Pete is probably the most creative of all the five-string banjos in terms of being versatile, playing all kinds of music and if it weren't for that amazing banjo, there would have probably not been a folksong revival. Bob Gibson, Dave Guard, George Grove, Erik Darling, The Weavers, Tarriers, The Brothers Four, The Brothers Karamozov and the Mighty Wind all owe Pete.
I continue to be an acolyte.
"Where have all the longnecks gone? Long time passing."