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Mike A Holland


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Post  Posted 31 Dec 2020 2:55 am    
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOv782LKCDo
Estrellita by the mexican composer Manuel Ponce played on a Jedson Lap Steel guitar from the 1970s. This version is inspired by Jerry Byrd's classic version. C6/A7 tuning C#EGACE low to high. Rhythm played on a Tenor Ukulele.
I hope you all enjoy,
Mike......Happy New Year to you all!
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Nic Neufeld


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Post  Posted 31 Dec 2020 5:08 am    
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Maika'i! That's quite a slant workout! Did you work out the arrangement yourself?
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Doug Beaumier


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Post  Posted 31 Dec 2020 8:05 am    
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Wow, very nice, Mike! Much respect for taking on this JB classic and playing it so well. Jerry’s live performance of this song, with only a rhythm guitar backing, is my all time favorite steel guitar video. You’ve captured much of that vibe here with the sparse backing and the lap steel right out front. Great job!
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Andrea Tazzini


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Post  Posted 31 Dec 2020 9:00 am    
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Thank for sharing! Very nice playing!
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Mike A Holland


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Post  Posted 31 Dec 2020 10:29 am    
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Nic, I have tabbed the arrangement out but it is very close to Jerry Byrds with a few embellishments I have added. The song is beautiful played on many instruments and sounds unique on and unlike any other on steel guitar. I have played it for many years as a guitar piece and quite recently a solo ukulele piece. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubMmtTsuM78
Just a great piece of composing!

Doug, I know exactly the video you are thinking about. There is a tape counter over the steel guitar. What gets me everytime I watch that video, Jerry plays the difficult to intonate slant right at the beginning and just looks straight at the camera and stares........ I am sure he is thinking just look at this, I am the best and this is how its done! He would be right of course and to have that confidence in front of a tv camera. Love it!

Andrea, Thank you for your kind comments.
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Jim Mckay

 

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Post  Posted 31 Dec 2020 10:41 am    
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Very nice Mike. love that tune. Smile
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Nic Neufeld


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Post  Posted 31 Dec 2020 11:40 am    
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While I started out trying to reverse engineer this (just the first line) in C6A7, I realized, by abandoning just a tiny bit of that 7th complexity, I can get most of the way there in C6 (which is what my guitars stay in usually) and this is kind of fun! Here's what I came up with...


Code:

E|---------------3------------------------------
C|------0--2*-/3-----/10---/17--15--15----------
A|---1---------------/10--------14-/15--8-8-----
G|--1------------3---------/16------------------
E|-1-------3*--3--------------------------8-----
C|----------------------------------------8-----


* Could also be 2 2nd string, open 4th string...easier than slanting but doesn't have the silky connected sound that Jerry's playing exudes!
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Larry Dering

 

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Post  Posted 31 Dec 2020 1:56 pm    
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Mike, that's a wicked piece of work. It is a beautiful composition and you do it well. Nobody is a slick as JB but that's what we strive for.
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Doug Beaumier


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Post  Posted 31 Dec 2020 4:22 pm    
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Mike A Holland wrote:
Jerry plays the difficult to intonate slant right at the beginning and just looks straight at the camera and stares........ I am sure he is thinking just look at this, I am the best and this is how its done! He would be right of course and to have that confidence in front of a tv camera. Love it!


Yes, I too noticed Jerry's total confidence and mastery in that video... how he fearlessly dives into reverse slants while looking at the camera! Playing on live TV with only a rhythm guitarist to back him. He was Good and he knew it! Smile
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Mike A Holland


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Post  Posted 1 Jan 2021 3:26 am    
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Thank you Jim, I appreciate your comments!

Nic, That is very similar to how I played it. I also tried playing the slant at the beginning the way you suggested but it never sounded as smooth. I think playing the 6 string makes it easier to tweak the bottom string from from C to C# I assume you are playing an 8 string with C13 tuning. If you are interested I could send you the arrangement I worked out!

Larry, Thankfully we have had Jerry Byrd to keep this tradition alive and give us all something to aspire to!
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Rose Sinclair

 

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Post  Posted 13 Jan 2021 7:46 pm    
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Great tune! Mike, what is that little amp?
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Andy Volk


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Post  Posted 14 Jan 2021 3:50 am    
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Nicely done, Mike! You're very close, Nic. Here's exactly how Byrd arranged it (the full arrangement is on my site).



Here's the story of the song from my notes on the arrangement ....

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E strellita was composed by Manuel María Ponce Cuéllar (1882 – 1948), a Mexican whose work as a composer, music educator and scholar of Mexican music connected the dots between classical music and the Mexican popular and folk song traditions. Many of his compositions are strongly influenced by the harmonies and forms of traditional songs.

In 1923, violin virtuoso Jascha Heifetz was appearing in Mexico City and realized he didn’t have any work by a Mexican composer. While in a cafe there, he heard a local musician sing Estrellita. Heifitz took notes on his napkin and that night, arranged the song for violin and piano. It became one of his favorite encores as well as a favorite of a wide variety of classical and popular musicians. For Byrd and all great professional players, the arrangement serves as a blueprint from which they vary as they find new ways to express the melody each time they play it.


In addition to Byrd's, one of my all-time favorite versions of this song is by Jazz pianist Red Garland. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nx5ug4SXvAY
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Mike A Holland


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Post  Posted 15 Jan 2021 3:25 am    
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Thank you Rose.... It is a Yamaha THR10 amplifier on the acoustic setting. The recording was via usb directly into a PC!

Thank you Andy, I hope you are well in theses strange times!
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