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Getting HIP.

Rob MacKillop calls it Historically Informed Performance, or HIP. Since no one alive ever heard the original banjo style, the old stroke st…

Started by Carl Anderton in Uncategorized

7 Mar 11, 2009
Reply by Rob MacKillop

La Cucaracha

Do any of you fine folks have an arrangement of "La Cucaracha" for the banjo? Dots are fine. How about Jarabe Tapatío (the mexican hat danc…

Started by Joel Hooks in Uncategorized

0 Mar 10, 2009

Tied notes, or sustain.

It's fairly common to see "tied" notes in classic banjo pieces; often it is specifically stated to let notes ring out and sustain while you…

Started by Carl Anderton in Uncategorized

1 Feb 28, 2009
Reply by Trapdoor2

Anchoring.

So who anchors their little finger? I try to follow the techniques from SSS, and thats the way he taught in his Journal. Sometimes I floa…

Started by Joel Hooks in Uncategorized

8 Feb 18, 2009
Reply by Trapdoor2

Modern Terms or Period Terms?

When playing a piece do you think in period terms? Is it a... "Finger-pick" or "thimble?" "Pull-off" or "Snap?" "Hammer-on" or "hammer sl…

Started by Joel Hooks in Uncategorized

3 Feb 18, 2009
Reply by Carl Anderton

National Museum of Music

Howdy guys - Anybody ever been to the National Museum of Music in Vermillion, South Dakota? It's a pretty amazing place and they've got som…

Started by Carey Harwood in Uncategorized

2 Feb 13, 2009
Reply by Carey Harwood

The slows.

Well, I know it's slow here, but it's also slow on the Yahoo Classic Banjo board, so I guess that's just the way it is. I'm hunting around…

Started by Carl Anderton in Uncategorized

0 Feb 8, 2009

SSS's Family.

So, he had sons. Did they have sons? Are any of them still alive? Do they know about there great (great?) grandfather? Do they have the mus…

Started by Joel Hooks in Uncategorized

4 Jan 20, 2009
Reply by Trapdoor2

Frank Converse on Horace Weston.

This excerpt is from Frank Converse's "Banjo Reminiscences" series published in "The Cadenza" in the late 1890's-early 1900's. His comments…

Started by Carl Anderton in Uncategorized

3 Jan 20, 2009
Reply by David Wade

Scott Joplin ragtime festival.

http://www.scottjoplin.org/festival.htm This takes place the first weekend in June in Sedalia, Mo. I just got off the phone with Clarke Bu…

Started by Carl Anderton in Uncategorized

3 Jan 9, 2009
Reply by Trapdoor2

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