: Thanks very much for the info John. I was on
: my way to finding those E/D and Eminor/D
: chords, but it would have taken more time. I
: agree that it's a shame about the poor sound
: quality of Papa Charlie's recordings,
: although I think it lends them an air of
: quaint appeal, along with his six string
: banjo. And it heightens (for me) the feeling
: of reward I get after figuring his stuff out.
: Same with Lemon. By the way, do you know
: the brand of banjo Papa Charlie plays? Have
: you thought about releasing some
: instructional material on either of these two
: (perhaps through Grossman, or on your own)?
: Thanks again for taking the time to answer.
Glad to help out . I do not know what brand of banjo-guitar Papa Charlie played, but it looks like it could have been a Gibson. It had a pickguard too, which is quite unusual. I am afraid the combination of Papa Charlie's obscurity and the crappy sound quality of his recordings makes the prospect of doing an instructional video on his music unlikely. He was really great, though.
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: This is for John Miller, or anyone else who
: knows. Could you tell me what the chord
: progression for Papa Charlie Jackson's Airy
: Man is? It sounds like D to me, but I'm
: having trouble with some of the other chords.
: Thanks very much for the info.
: Hi Wobbly,
: You are right, "Airy Man" is in D.
: Progression for the first verse is as
: follows, I believe.
: |G7|D|E/D, Eminor/D|D
: Subsequent verses and the chorus have the
: following progression, I believe
: |D |D|E/D, Eminor/D|D|
: |G7|D|E/D, Eminor/D|D|
: the first solo: |D|D|G7|D|
: Other solos: |B|B7|E7|E7|
: I am showing the progression in 4-bar
: phrases. Where I'm showing G7, Papa Charlie
: may actually simply be switching from a D
: chord to a D minor--it's very hard to hear if
: he switches to a G bass, but in any event,
: the F# note on the first string second fret
: in the D chord is going to an F Natural note
: at the first fret. The E over D is 7th fret
: first string, 9th fret second and third
: string. The E minor over D is 7th fret first
: string, 8th fret second string and 9th fret
: third string. Papa Charlied continues to
: play a D bass under these chords, hence the
: compound designations--E/D and Eminor/D. It
: is a crying shame that Papa Charlie's
: recordings are available only in re-issues
: with really poor sound, but I think he did
: primarily acoustic recordings, like Lemon.
: : :