Style of guitar playing
I was wondering if anyone would be able to tell me the style of guitar that is used on songs like the Firefly theme tune, and man of constant sorrow from O brother where art thou?.
Also it seems to crop up with a jangly slide guitar sound in western film a lot.
Sorry for being vague its the best description i could manage
I think the name of the Firefly song is The Ballad of Serenity. I've always assumed that it was a resonator guitar but have never looked into it.
Love that song and you probably have guessed already, I'm a HUGE Firefly fan. :D
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Yeah, i loved the show too. Got the song on my pc and was wondering what style that is in, would like to hear other songs like it
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There are a lot of versions of the Man of Constant Sorrow. I hear it with one steel acoustic, two steel acoustics, etc. This one has several instruments and it seems very similar to the O Brother version. You will see a Martin acoustic, a banjo, a bass (contrabass), a violin and a dobro (resonator) with sliding.
I hope it helps to identify that sound. I think you refer to the dobro, too. There are a couple of solos in the video.
Thanks for the link....i dont suppose you know any other artists who make similar music?
I think that's bluegrass. Sorry, I'm not a specialist in American country, I only could mention classic bands or external web pages. Here there are a lot of people who plays and knows this kind of music. I'm pretty sure they will give a good artist list.
Thanks for your help....ill get a bluegrass best of to get a feel for it
Ah Bluegrass. One of my favorite genres. For artists I would suggest the following:
Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt - These guys pioneered the genre and are easily the most influential musicians related to bluegrass to date. I would start here.
Other older music of note would come from Doc Watson, Bill Monroe, Merle Travis, and Pete Seeger. Some of these artists play more traditional folk music which has also been very influential to bluegrass.
For a more contemporary perspective you should look to New Grass Revival. They got big in the 70's and were one of the first bluegrass bands to incorporate popular music into the style - they did a fantastic version of These Days by the Velvet Underground and Nico for instance.
One of their former members, Bela Fleck, is one of the most talented banjo players out there now. He has incorporated a lot of Jazz into his current style, which is pretty interesting.
Other current musicians I would suggest would be:
Old Crow Medicine Show
Yonder Mountain String Band
Old School Freight Train
The Austin Lounge Lizards
Allison Krauss and Union Station
It's definitely bluegrass!
Check out recordings by:
Ralph Stanley (or the Stanley Brothers)
The Foggy Mountain Boys
Bill Munroe and the Blue Grass Boys
The Dillards (these guys were the "Darlings" on the original "Andy Griffith" show)
And there are SOOOO many more, but that ought to get you pointed in the right direction!!
EDIT: The Austin Lounge Lizards
LOL!! I never thought of the Lizards as bluegrass, although I absolutely love their music! I think you're the first person outside of Texas that I've ever known to actually know of the Lizards! Cool! :D
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I saw Alison Krauss and Union Station 3 years ago. They're the band that did "Man of Constant Sorrow." The guitar player (Dan Timinski)sang it, and the Dobro player (Jerry Douglas) did the leads. He did a solo during th concert. Excellent!
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