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David Matzenik


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Post  Posted 23 Jun 2021 4:33 pm    
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Here is Margie Mays playing Echoes. Its a very nice arrangement which I have transcribed. The song is credited to Hal Aloma, but he does not solo on the title on the Luau 400 LP. So, I am wondering whether this is Margie's arrangement, or a version from some other source?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAfsAsb6mnA
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Post  Posted 24 Jun 2021 6:20 am    
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Awesome playing !
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Mike A Holland


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Post  Posted 24 Jun 2021 6:40 am    
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Great piece of music beautifully played! thanks for posting!
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Erv Niehaus


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Post  Posted 24 Jun 2021 7:08 am    
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That was lovely. Very Happy
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Doug Beaumier


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Post  Posted 24 Jun 2021 8:45 am    
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A beautiful B11 song! Margie does a great job on this one.

Here's another of her performances of this song. She plays it more slowly on this live video from the following year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhFsXcumngQ
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Joe Burke

 

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Post  Posted 24 Jun 2021 11:54 am    
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Love it. I then clicked on another link with Margie and 2 other steel players doing Song of the Island. Can anyone tell be there names?

https://youtu.be/kd1VJwutfTw
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Joe Elk


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Post  Posted 24 Jun 2021 12:06 pm    
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L.T. Zinn, Margie Mays, and Chuck Lettes at the 2007 ISGC Hawaiian Gathering in St Louis
Guitar - Ivan Reddington
Ukulele - Bonnie Slick
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Joe Burke

 

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Post  Posted 24 Jun 2021 12:31 pm    
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Thanks Joe. Some great plying.
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Joe Cook


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Post  Posted 24 Jun 2021 2:52 pm    
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That's very nice playing! Just another "Joe's" opinion. Winking
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Joe A. Roberts


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Post  Posted 24 Jun 2021 5:04 pm    
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Joe Cook wrote:
That's very nice playing! Just another "Joe's" opinion. Winking


I concur! Wink

I love the sound of other people playing B11th, but every time I try to use it I find it very strange. But wow is it awesome in the right context

One of my favorite B11th perfomances, Flavio Pasquestto playing Andy Iona’s Sand and How D’ya Do:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1ojuWDucw94
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Joe Cook


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Post  Posted 24 Jun 2021 9:08 pm    
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They are Great! I love the name of the trio. Smile Flavio is really good!
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David Matzenik


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Post  Posted 24 Jun 2021 11:56 pm    
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I know Margie played some Jerry Byrd arrangements, but as no one has addressed my question, I will assume for now that Echoes is Margie's arrangement for steel guitar. If anyone finds another source, or even a Hal Aloma original on some obscure recording, please remember this thread. Luau 400 is a vocal.
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Doug Smith

 

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Post  Posted 25 Jun 2021 6:51 am     Echoes of the South Pacific
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Margie Mays has been playing this tune at least since I first saw her in the early 90's. It's pretty safe to call it her arrangement.
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Doug Beaumier


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Post  Posted 25 Jun 2021 10:14 pm    
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The following web site has audio of the steel guitar intro on Hal Aloma's recording... and it's very much like what Margie plays (the first part of the melody she plays):


----> https://www.tiktok.com/music/Echoes-of-the-South-Pacific-6910562665081341954



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Andy Volk


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Post  Posted 26 Jun 2021 3:19 am    
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Regardless of who arranged it, Margie has a uniquely great touch and feel on the instrument. Her phrasing, vibrato and feel are beautiful. I've heard this clip before but nice to revisit it.
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Doug Beaumier


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Post  Posted 26 Jun 2021 10:26 am    
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I’m going to keep an eye out for the original sheet music. I checked a couple of the online sheet music vendors and nothing comes up under this title. Maybe an original one will pop up on eBay sometime.

Many here probably know this, but David Stewart has tabbed out Margie’s version of Echoes of the South Pacific in B11 tuning: http://www.steelc6th.com/tabs/echoes_of_the_south_pacific.htm
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David Matzenik


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Post  Posted 26 Jun 2021 2:26 pm    
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I have seen the sheet music come up on eBay twice. John Leal, co-author, was in the Hawaii Calls group.





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Doug Beaumier


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Post  Posted 26 Jun 2021 7:34 pm    
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Thanks for posting that, David!
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Andy Volk


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Post  Posted 28 Jun 2021 2:05 am    
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Thanks for the contributions all. I was only vaguely aware of this tune but have been playing it a lot thanks to this post. That I, V+ change is very compelling. Using Dave's tab, the sheet music but mostly Margie's video and changing things to her feel and approach, here's how I notated/tabbed the arrangement:




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Erv Niehaus


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Post  Posted 28 Jun 2021 7:17 am    
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I will be tabbing it out for E9th pedal tuning. Very Happy
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Doug Beaumier


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Post  Posted 28 Jun 2021 8:56 am    
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Nice work, Andy. The revival is on. "Echoes" lives!
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Andy Volk


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Post  Posted 28 Jun 2021 9:53 am    
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Thanks, Doug. B11th is the coolest tuning and under explored in my view. It does't work for everything but as you say, it really conjures a certain mood and vibe.
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Mike A Holland


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Post  Posted 28 Jun 2021 10:21 am    
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Well thank you Doug, David and especially Andy! When I first saw this post I was looking for another B11 tune to work up and I thought this was terrific By Margie Mays. I just logged in to have another look at it and low and behold you guys have it all sorted out. What a great resource this forum is. Excellent, Mike
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Joe Cook


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Post  Posted 28 Jun 2021 11:02 am    
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Thanks for posting that, Andy! It is a lovely tune. I just started playing B11 tuning about 6 months ago and I love the sound. This song will be fun to add to my meager repertoir. Smile
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Andy Volk


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Post  Posted 28 Jun 2021 11:14 am    
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I did a book of B11th arrangements that's out of print in hard copy but will be available as a download on my book site if I can get ever myself to finish the corrections I need to do.
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