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Feb 20, 2022 - 7:09:50 AM
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Hi all;
Does anyone have tabs for Wait a Minute by the Seldom Scene please?
I'm a new player and this is my favorite of all time!
Thanks, and keep slidin!

Feb 20, 2022 - 5:26:20 PM

4240 posts since 7/27/2008

I may have it, but it could take awhile. A foot injury this week has me gimping around the house, but it's gradually improving.

At ResoSummit 2010 in Nashville I took a team teaching class from Mike Auldridge and  Jimmy Heffernan sharing some of Mike's techniques, and in the binder for that week was some basic tab for the song. I'm not sure where it is right now, will have to send out a search party in my house for the binder when the foot is feeling better. wink

Truly one of the great thrills of my dobrolic  life was taking a couple of classes from Mike, and having breakfast with him one of the mornings. Sadly, it was his final ResoSummit due to his declining health. 

Feb 21, 2022 - 3:44:55 PM
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Found the ResoSummit 2010 binder. Unfortunately the copy looks like the machine was running out of ink and nobody bothered to notice. It's been in the binder the whole time, so it's not like the ink faded over 11+ years. I recall it looking crappy when I was there.

It's basic tab, so before someone gets on their high horse and starts ragging about how there's "no indication of note duration," etc., you have to listen to the Seldom Scene version with Duffey singing the lead.   In the key of B. I recall Mike saying that he would have preferred Bb since it's a little more dobro friendly key, but John insisted on B because it was more "high and lonesome."

At some point I'd like to create a cleaner more legible copy, but if you can read it, this is how Mike played it. The important thing is it shows where you play it.

Obviously not the entire song - just Mike's famous intro. Once you have this under your belt the rest of the song will eventually fall into place.

Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 02/21/2022 15:59:40

Feb 22, 2022 - 3:14:47 AM

174 posts since 11/9/2018

Here is a u-tube from a 2013 Mike Auldridge tribute with JD; looks like Bb. Hope this helps:

Feb 22, 2022 - 10:34:10 AM
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And here is The Man himself, toward the end of his public performing days in 2011 with Eric Brace and Peter Cooper. I like this version every bit as much as the original Seldom Scene version. This is also in Bb rather than B. 

Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 02/22/2022 10:35:08

Feb 22, 2022 - 12:47:18 PM
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The Scene moved the key to Bb not too long after the recording. That's where they play it these days.

There are quick little "grace" notes. Not sure how you'd tab it makes the intro, for sure.

Easy to demonstrate though.

One of my favorite intros.


Feb 22, 2022 - 1:27:45 PM

4240 posts since 7/27/2008

Tabbing out a lot of dobro subtleties from some of the master  players can be difficult.

The late Stacy Phillips commented one time - might have been in The Great Dobro Sessions tab book in reference to some difficult Jerry Douglas material that after he was done he was "ready for a sitz bath." wink

Fortunately Wait a Minute as a relatively slow ballad is a lot easier for most of us to wrap our head around. We'll never sound quite like Mike, but at least we can be in the ballpark. 

Feb 22, 2022 - 3:55:02 PM

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Just for fun - no dobro here - truly an all-star band. I attended this show in 2017 at the Freight & Salvage in Berzerkeley. The Seldom Scene put the song on the map in the '70s, and here is the song's writer, Herb Pedersen  and company in his old stomping grounds - he was born and raised in Berkeley. 

Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 02/22/2022 15:55:44

Feb 22, 2022 - 8:43:05 PM
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Feb 22, 2022 - 10:25:05 PM
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Excellent work Rick, thank you!

My only comment and I'm not being critical, maybe it's just me - I have sort of a hard time with  tab where the notes/numerals are written in the spaces instead of on the lines. This is pretty common with pedal steel tab, and with the typical 10 strings I have an even harder time with it.

As with 6 string conventional guitar, when  I look at tab on a screen or sheet of paper, when the notes are on the lines, for me anyway, it's like looking at the strings. 

But all that aside - very well done.  

Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 02/22/2022 22:33:50

Feb 23, 2022 - 4:06:26 AM
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Sorry, I must have hit a wrong preset.

Feb 23, 2022 - 10:12:17 AM
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Now we're talking. Beautiful! yes

Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 02/23/2022 10:12:46

May 2, 2022 - 4:09:58 PM

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Thank you all so so much! I couldn't respond properly because of serious time constraints, but I'm back sliding!
Y'all are the best!

Jul 14, 2022 - 5:39:05 AM

1289 posts since 2/9/2009

Have not been on here lately, but watch this. I never had much success with tab.

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