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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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
Pip commented on Texican65's video
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"That sounds so great."
Jan 23
Jody Stecher replied to Texican65's discussion FINALLY! My restored 1890s Jas. Morrison...
"I use those Early Period strings as well but not quite that light.   Your thumb moves like "alternating bass" guitar picking. Merle Travis is the guy for that and sometimes Chet Atkins too.  Not really Jerry Reed style but…"
Jan 22
Texican65 replied to Texican65's discussion FINALLY! My restored 1890s Jas. Morrison...
"Thanks Jody! They are the Savarez "Early Period Instruments", plain nylon, i had to buy each string individually, they did not come pre-packaged as set. John Cohen and Joel Hooks both made string recommendations to me, and i appreciate it.…"
Jan 22
Texican65 commented on Texican65's video
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1890s Jas. Morrison banjo

"Thank you very, very much gentlemen! I was quite nervous posting a video on this forum, especially for a previous bluegrasser that cannot read notation. Some of this song I borrowed tablature given me by Marc Smith, and much of it i had to slow down…"
Jan 22
Jody Stecher commented on Texican65's video
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"I just read your post about restoring the banjo. I bet that moving thumb is the Jerry Reed influence. I hope you keep it in your banjo playing."
Jan 22
Jody Stecher replied to Texican65's discussion FINALLY! My restored 1890s Jas. Morrison...
"Which type of Savarez strings are you using?  It sounds just right to me."
Jan 22
Jody Stecher commented on Texican65's video
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"Congratulations!  You have got The Sound. I also like how you are using your thumb in Turkey In The Straw. It's exactly what I would do."
Jan 22
thereallyniceman commented on Texican65's video
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"Very, very good indeed!  The banjo looks and sounds amazing! As you know I think the action of 5-6mm or 1/4" is about right for Classic Style with nylon/gut strings. I am sure that you will get used to it very quickly and it doesn't…"
Jan 22

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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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