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Torn between instruments
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About five years ago I bought a mandolin Kept up the practice and we got on fine together.Learned some swing and jazzy things .Then three years ago brother in law gave me a kay banjo said if I could…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Apr 16, 2014.

Ethelbert Nevin
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does anybody have the dots or tab to Narsissus .I would like to give it try . cheersContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Mar 2, 2014.

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I have just refurbished ce  special .Stripped her down cleaned  and sanded scraped some small indents on fret board  ,I think maybe shrinkage . Sprayed neck and side. ,and I am very pleased with…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alan Sims Feb 5, 2014.

my music life
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I have just retired from band life at 71 .my last gig was new years eve , so if anybody wants a job as singer guitarist in the misfits let me know .I must say there has never been anything better in…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by julian egan Jan 22, 2013.


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Alan Sims commented on thereallyniceman's video

Swanee by George Gershwin. Played on Classic Banjo

"wonderful ' played so well together ,and i got a bonus prize 0n the next video one of my favorite guitar players Buddy MERRILL."
Oct 27, 2014
Alan Sims left a comment for marc dalmasso
"Hi Mark .My banjo just the same as yours .It is Clifford Essex co .I noticed when I took it a part to refurbish it there were four lines iiii on the perch pole with a line through the middle .I wondered what it was Any ideas ."
Apr 30, 2014
Alan Sims commented on carrie horgan's video

Mississippi Breakdowns classic banjo

"Now this sounds like  a tune you would never get tired of. A real catchy one. Well played Carrie."
Apr 25, 2014
Alan Sims left a comment for Jody Stecher
"What I was getting at Jody and Mark was while I was learning the banjo .mandolin practice was going a drift. so now I have learned to give them both the same attention in my practice times , and not to favour  one over the other."
Apr 16, 2014
Jody Stecher replied to Alan Sims's discussion Torn between instruments
"Mutli-tasking is playing mandolin and banjo at once. No one can do that. But anyone can play and practice them sequentially.  A string is a string is a string. The same strings that go on a steel strung guitar go on a mandolin. The same soft…"
Apr 16, 2014
Trapdoor2 replied to Alan Sims's discussion Torn between instruments
"Short answer: YES! I started out on 5-string BG style, took up CH style while still taking BG lessons. Bought a cheap mandolin when I got interested in Irish style fiddle music...and then bought a Tenor banjo (and a mandola and a guitar). Then I…"
Apr 16, 2014
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Torn between instruments

About five years ago I bought a mandolin Kept up the practice and we got on fine together.Learned some swing and jazzy things .Then three years ago brother in law gave me a kay banjo said if I could get it up and running I could have it . I started to learn bluegrass style . A year later I Thought there must be a better style than this as it was not for me. Then found classic banjo and never looked back.The mandolin took its toll.The point I am making  I love both these instruments Its taken me…See More
Apr 16, 2014
Alan Sims commented on marc dalmasso's video

Buffalo rag_Tom Turpin_Bj & PC

"Well what a great catchy rag . I just love it ."
Apr 15, 2014
Alan Sims commented on Jody Stecher's video

A Banjo Revel

"Nice bass twang .Great playing Jody . How many banjos do you have ."
Mar 11, 2014
Alan Sims commented on Jason Smith's video

California Dance featuring Frank N. Beans

"Very catchy tune and a great sound . I think I can hear the sun flower dance in there some where ,and I love that to."
Mar 11, 2014
Alan Sims commented on Jody Stecher's video

Yeoman's Call

"That was fantastic Jody. Now I know why I have to practice every day ."
Mar 5, 2014
Alan Sims left a comment for Trapdoor2
"That is what I like about this wonderful  site .every body is so helpful  .Now I am really spoilt for choice ."
Mar 2, 2014
Trapdoor2 replied to Alan Sims's discussion Ethelbert Nevin
"I have tabbed out the Parke Hunter arrangement. Unfortunately, it has a number of printer's errors...notes in the wrong place, etc. Uses the whole fingergboard (up to 19th). The Grimshaw arrangement is easier and at least has some…"
Mar 2, 2014
thereallyniceman replied to Alan Sims's discussion Ethelbert Nevin
"It is simply amazing how helpful we Classic Banjo enthusiasts are!  I have just received, from Rainier in France, another, and more complete copy of "Narcissus" and have added it to the entry in the MUSIC LIBRARY. Three versions…"
Mar 2, 2014
Alan Sims and Robert Dooley are now friends
Mar 1, 2014
Alan Sims replied to Alan Sims's discussion Ethelbert Nevin
"Thank you Ian .much appreciated .I think I first heard it in a Norman Wisdom film . It has been stuck in my tiny mind for years .I was all so once in the same army band as Norman ,but at a different time'"
Mar 1, 2014

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At 18:25 on October 18, 2011, thereallyniceman said…

Welcome Alan, I hope that you find what you are looking for on our site. We have everything from Lessons and discussions to excellent videos from talented Classic Style players. Help and advice is always offered.



At 18:39 on November 9, 2011, Alan Sims said…

hi Ian thanks for your help Ive got where i can freeze frame your exercises and practice .after a few years playing guitar Ive just checked the hight of my fingers from the strings  I found  first three fingers close but pinky flapping around abit so Ive been playing four chromatic notes up and four down then across fretboard & back while keeping eye on pinky seems to be working  kind regards ALAN

At 20:13 on November 9, 2011, thereallyniceman said…

I am pleased that you sorted it out, Alan.  Any help you need, please just ask. There are plenty of people who will help any way they can. Look out for the fourth finger strengthening exercise that I demonstrate to strengthen and improve the little finger. The "flying Pinky" is a curse to me too!

Classic Style if tough to learn initially, but keep practising because the rewards are great!!

At 12:07 on January 6, 2012, Michael Laurence Redpath said…

Dear Alan , sorry I have not been back to you with the tab for "Sams Waltz" as yet . I'm afraid that I have not been very well , I shall get it to you as soon as I can, have a great New Year , regards , Mike ....

At 10:13 on February 10, 2012, thereallyniceman said…

Thank you Alan, It is good to see that our efforts are appreciated. The ChipIn box has been removed as we reached the set limit, but any donations will all go towards enhancing the site for the future.  I have sent you a private email. Let me know if you have any other suggestions for things that you would find useful on here.


At 15:29 on February 10, 2012, Trapdoor2 said…

Hi Alan,

Glad you're enjoying "Cannon Jig", I do need to make some more vids.

Unfortunately, I've been 'off' (having dental problems) for a week or so and just haven't been playing much. "The Scorcher" is on my "learn" list...but probably not anytime soon!

At 16:42 on February 11, 2012, Mike Moss said…

Hi Alan, thank you for the kind comments. The member who plays Chet Atkins tunes is Michael Neverisky (aka Frosty Morn) who is an excellent banjo and guitar player -- I only wish I could play like that!

All the best,


At 19:56 on April 13, 2012, Sylvia said…

Hi Alan, I'm very pleased to have you as a friend on Classic .I havn't been playing very long and I am a bit of a coward, I like to do the easier pieces and if a piece has tab and notation I always go for the tab. But having said that I think I can say I'm a bit addicted to the banjo as I tend to pick it up whenever I can, even when I should be doing other things.  All the Best  Sylvia.

At 19:37 on April 28, 2012, Mike Moss said…

Hi Alan,

I got your e-mail and have downloaded your tabs. I'll send you the digital versions as soon as possible.



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cammeyer zither banjo

I have a second grade cammeyer zither banjo .does anybody know how the brass knob on the back is fixed ,as i want to repair veneer.thank you . Alan

Posted on October 31, 2012 at 16:29 — 2 Comments

memory muscle functiion

the brain needs feeding as well as the stomach . my mother told me so .shee would suggest in the morning ,honey in bowl porridge with blueberrys chopped srawberrys bring to boil eat .then after multi vit & min omino cap omega 3 6 9  b com b 17 from apricot kernal take with malt .then a brisk walk while thinking how to tackle practice today .you should rattle a bit by now.but mums are always right .she was still playing the piano at 98 bless her .now where did i put that banjo

Posted on June 21, 2012 at 12:36 — 1 Comment


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