Texican65
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"Turkey in the Straw Medley" on 1890s Morrison.

Here is a short video of me playing the Morrison, just for a sound example. Its a very difficult piece to play, let alone throw in 1/4" action...not easy for me to play high up the neck like that.…Continue

Started Jan 22

FINALLY! My restored 1890s Jas. Morrison...
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As a huge Ossman fanatic...I was on a quest to find a banjo similar to one Vess played. At one point in time, early on in his career, he was seen playing a Morrison with Tommy Glynn, I believe at…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Texican65 Jan 23.

Vess Ossman's recorded voice...

Hey guys,I recently purchased an old Yazoo LP album from 1973 called "Fred Van Eps and Vess L. Ossman, Kings of the Ragtime Banjo". i'm sure most of you have seen it, its a white cover with drawn…Continue

Started Nov 13, 2017

Ossman technique question
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Hi there,In my practicing/learning his version of "Dixie", I've got a question about his right hand finger technique in a certain part of the song. You can hear what I'm inquiring about in his 1905…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Oct 31, 2017.

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Otto Monell commented on Texican65's video
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Vess Ossman's 1905 "Turkey in the Straw Medley", played by Dow Douthitt

"Hey! After reading the description of the video I can clearly see that the first tune was indeed Dixie! I have only heard the tune in a frailing fashion and thats why I got confused, but after reading into it I found out that Dan Emmet is the…"
Mar 5
Jody Stecher commented on Texican65's video
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"The word "clawhammer" is indicative of a hand position. I dunno how old the term is but Dan Emmett played stroke style, didn't he?  The downward movement of the right hand of stroke style is the same as in what is called…"
Mar 5
Texican65 commented on Texican65's video
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Vess Ossman's 1905 "Turkey in the Straw Medley", played by Dow Douthitt

"Thanks for the kind comments Otto! I believe “Dixie” was written well before the claw hammer style was created, oh well. This Ossman Medley includes “Dixie”, “Arkansas Traveler”, “ My Love is but a Lassie…"
Mar 5
Joel Hooks commented on Texican65's video
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Vess Ossman's 1905 "Turkey in the Straw Medley", played by Dow Douthitt

""Clawhammer tune?" Do you mean the walkaround composed by Dan Emmett?  Because that is part of the medley. Nice playing Dow!  Do trains run to Rochester NY?  We could arrange a ride to the ABF rally from there."
Mar 5
Otto Monell commented on Texican65's video
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Vess Ossman's 1905 "Turkey in the Straw Medley", played by Dow Douthitt

"Sounds a lot like the old clawhammer tune "Dixe" Nonetheless great playing!"
Mar 4
Texican65 replied to thereallyniceman's discussion VERY SPECIAL BANJO CONCERTS IN THE UK BY ROB MURCH AND MICHELLE HOLDING
"God I would LOVE to attend.....but that would be one helluva New Year's resolution....plan a trip to the Britains....what to do what to do? Rob is one of my favorite players as well....of course I only know of him through your videos and…"
Feb 25
Texican65 commented on Texican65's video
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Vess Ossman's 1905 "Turkey in the Straw Medley", played by Dow Douthitt

"Ha! Thanks....sure looks easy...but I know that "you know" it isn't! Its all over the neck on that one...down low, up high, back and forth...not like the rolling patterns of bluegrass banjo that I'm used to. Yes, my wife is very…"
Feb 25
Texican65 commented on marc dalmasso's video
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Battle Hymn of the Républic_2 Bjs

"That's one of my favorite songs! It sounds so good, a long song with several key changes and chords and different picking styles....I liked it very much, plus...it was good dad and son time learning that one to-gether. Nice work.  Dow"
Feb 25
thereallyniceman commented on Texican65's video
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Vess Ossman's 1905 "Turkey in the Straw Medley", played by Dow Douthitt

"First Class playing. You MUST be spending a lot of time in the woodshed or you have a very understanding partner! I get banished to our spare bedroom to practise :-)"
Feb 6
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Vess Ossman's 1905 "Turkey in the Straw Medley", played by Dow Douthitt

Well..here's the FULL version...what a knuckle buster. I can barely get through the whole thing, its so intricate and long, that by the time I get to the end...
Feb 5
Texican65 replied to David Wade's discussion Hal Allert
"My goodness this is a shame. I can't believe it, I just spoke with Hal a few months ago and he seemed as if all was well. Does anybody know cause of death? To echo the words of others, a banjo legacy in the classic community, he's already…"
Feb 5
Joel Hooks commented on Texican65's video
Jan 28
marc dalmasso commented on Texican65's video
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1890s Jas. Morrison banjo

"Bravo ; very good"
Jan 23
Trapdoor2 commented on Texican65's video
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1890s Jas. Morrison banjo

"Halleluiah and amen. Somebody's been out in the woodshed, learning his chops. Well done!! The banjo came out great too...amazing. Bravo!"
Jan 23
Texican65 replied to Texican65's discussion FINALLY! My restored 1890s Jas. Morrison...
"Ah I see now Jody....alternating bass. I'm big into Merle Travis and also Chet Atkins....that technique I guess is engrained into my mind and hands after years and years of finger style guitar. Would Vess or other classic maestros not have done…"
Jan 23
Texican65 commented on Texican65's video
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1890s Jas. Morrison banjo

"Thanks Pip....more to come. Any requests? Dow"
Jan 23

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At 1:37 on January 28, 2015, Randall Ferguson said…
No, I'm sorry, it was sold a few years ago.
At 3:15 on March 17, 2015, Shawn McSweeny said…

Hi Dow   Let folks here know how things work out with your Morrison renewal..

At 19:10 on September 7, 2017, Hal Allert said…
I would love to get together but we're on opposite sides of the state I'm in Spokane. You might check out my website it is classic banjo.com. if you ever get over to Spokane you should let me know. How long have you been playing? What kind of songs have you been learning?

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