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Larry Lenhart


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Post  Posted 4 Jul 2015 4:16 am    
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Margie Mays showed me this great tune on D9th tuning,an easy retune from the C6th tuning E C A F# D C high to low. What a great tune that is and her playing of it is top shelf ! I couldnt find it on youtube but she has it on her cd titled "This and That". She said that a man named Wes Dunn showed it to her and if I am not mistaken, wrote it. I cant play it with anywhere near the touch and tone she has...I am sure most of you are familiar with her, but if not check her out on youtube. I am lucky that 5 months of the year I live about 5 minutes away from her in Mesa Az and go over for a lesson...she can show me enough in an hour to keep me busy for months !! Just a plug for a fine steel player and a wonderful woman !
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Jim Cohen


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Post  Posted 4 Jul 2015 5:06 am    
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Larry, can you provide the link to the YouTube you're referring to? I searched on her name and only saw various Hawaiian tunes, but nothing that appeared to be jazz. Would like to hear this for sure.

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Larry Lenhart


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Post  Posted 4 Jul 2015 5:18 am    
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Jim, thanks for your response. I didnt state it well in my post, but i couldnt find it on you tube either ! Sorry about that. I could post a sound bite of it on here, but since its her cd, I dont think that would be appropriate of me to do so. So i guess my post just served to tempt and frustate. Sad I admire your jazz playing on steel and guitar both !
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Jim Cohen


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Post  Posted 4 Jul 2015 5:26 am    
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Thanks Larry. Actually if I had read your post more carefully, I would have noticed that you already had stated that you could not find it on youtube yourself.So my bad. I look forward to hearing this track sometime in the future. Perhaps Margie will play it at the next steel show.

Thank you for the compliment too.

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Larry Lenhart


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Post  Posted 4 Jul 2015 6:14 am    
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Here is a youtube of Margie playing "Just Doodlin" which is very similar to "Jazz on Steel" that I talked about earlier...this one she does on B11 tuning, which I "think" was written by the same guy Wes Dunn. Anyway, it gives you an idea of her great tone and touch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdC0cLvXesA
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Len Amaral


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Post  Posted 4 Jul 2015 12:37 pm    
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Very nice tune and great technique. Nice rhythm guitar also with Leaonard T. Zinn.
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Nic Neufeld


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Post  Posted 25 Dec 2018 7:03 am    
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Hi Larry...this is fascinating, if only because yesterday I was rummaging through some old records my parents had in storage. My grandfather, before joining the Signal Corps in WWII, had a small recording studio in Southern California. This very poor recording I copied from one hand-marked record had a Hawaiian style steel guitarist playing "South of the Border". Marked 12-25-1939, by "Wes and MaryLou D[couldn't read]". The style was distinctly "Sol"-ish, down to the C#m7 tuning. Last night I mentioned it to my dad and uncle, and they said, Wes Dunn, who was a friend of my grandfather's and had been recorded by him, and played at their church.

Then I google his name last night, and find this snippet:
https://books.google.com/books?id=WlDSDopg3HoC&pg=PA129&lpg=PA129&dq=%22wes+dunn%22+guitar&source=bl&ots=Y7Gh3CUN2l&sig=FVu0ZMZ7DeNualv0BtkrHarg84g&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiQ2MSOnbvfAhXE7oMKHWw6AzEQ6AEwAHoECAoQAQ#v=onepage&q&f=false

Student of Sol Ho'opi'i, unsurprisingly!

Anyway, if I ever get to a convention I intend to ask Mrs. Mays about him! Smile She is a wonderful player, I initially learned Hana from watching that video of her playing it at a convention recently. But it's fun to find an old connection to this music in my family.

Here's the recording: https://clyp.it/bwl1choh

Other things I found were recorded voice messages to from my great uncle and (possibly) grandfather back to their family back stateside during the war. They were stationed in Hawaii, I found out, while in the Signal Corps...my grandfather transferred to the MPs and went to Europe (getting a Bronze Star for a role escorting Queen Wilhelmina across the channel, I heard) and my great uncle served in the Pacific, in the Phillipines.

A fun surprise this Christmas, anyway.
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Jim Mckay


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Post  Posted 25 Dec 2018 1:33 pm    
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Hi Larry.
I tried my own attempt recording "Jazz On The Steel" about 3 years ago. Recorded in my home studio using "Band in a box" for rhythm.
Not near the level of Margie May's version, however I will try to post a link for this on Sound cloud. (haven't tried posting sound tracks to here, so I hope this works Very Happy )
https://soundcloud.com/jimjam1952/jazzing-the-strings
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Bill Groner


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Post  Posted 25 Dec 2018 1:36 pm    
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Very nice Jim.
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Jim Mckay


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Post  Posted 26 Dec 2018 3:48 pm    
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Bill Groner wrote:
Very nice Jim.

Thanks Bill. I heard Margie Mays play that song At the H.S.G.A. at Waikiki. I think it was 2013 or 2014, anyhow Margie is great player and very nice person. Margie is the only person I have heard play that song so I thought I would record it for fun.
Anyhow I am sure that's the song that Larry is referring to that is on Margie's CD.
Jim
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