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Mike Neer


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Post  Posted 30 Dec 2018 10:05 pm    
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I was practicing for a gig and got totally sidetracked by a strong desire to learn this great Jimmy Bryant tune, The Night Rider. I transcribed it and laid it out for C13 tuning and then transposed it to A from Bb. It works well in Bb, too, but I enjoy playing it in A. It took me about two hours of work to get up to this tempo, which is still only about 80% of the original.

I don’t plan on playing it live but there are some valuable little pieces of musical dna contained within. I haven’t done a video lesson in a while, this might be a good one.

I think one of the most valuable things to remember is if there is a will, there is a way. Look at every conceivable way of playing something in order to maximize efficiency, get the right articulation, etc.

The Night Rider

See below post for another addition, “Pickin’ Peppers”.
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Jim Rossen


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Post  Posted 1 Jan 2019 5:27 pm    
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Tasty!
What is your C13?
Thanks
Jim
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Andy Volk


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Post  Posted 2 Jan 2019 2:24 am    
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Ambitious! ..... And well done, Mike. Jimmy Bryant's lines still sound fresh all these years later and you are playing them very cleanly - no small task.
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Mike Neer


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Post  Posted 2 Jan 2019 8:36 am    
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Actually, I’ve been binging on arranging Jimmy Bryant heads for a few days now and have done a few, including Pickin’ Peppers and Bryant’s Bounce, which are a blast.

I injured my left hand pretty badly yesterday and have to have it wrapped for a while, but can manage to guide the bar underneath it all.
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David M Brown


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Post  Posted 2 Jan 2019 9:09 am    
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Mike Neer wrote:
Actually, I’ve been binging on arranging Jimmy Bryant heads for a few days now and have done a few, including Pickin’ Peppers and Bryant’s Bounce, which are a blast.

I injured my left hand pretty badly yesterday and have to have it wrapped for a while, but can manage to guide the bar underneath it all.


Sorry to hear that...best wishes for fast healing.
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Mike Neer


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Post  Posted 4 Jan 2019 6:48 am    
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David M Brown wrote:


Sorry to hear that...best wishes for fast healing.


Thanks, I’m babying it and keeping it wrapped and icing. It is a lot better than it was (my wife is a great nurse!). It is a strain of the metacarpal ligament between my index and middle finger. Made me really appreciate just how much I rely on my left hand in everyday simple actions. Not drastically impacting my playing, butit would if I was still playing Spanish guitar.

Here is another head I arranged, one of my favorites, “Pickin’ Peppers”.

Pickin’ Peppers

So much fun! A lot of people don’t really like the really uptempo tunes and don’t think the lap steel is good for it, but I am not one of those people. I am always on the lookout for cool stuff to play for my own head.
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