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Sunflower Dance
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Hi All,I'm practising Sunflower Dance at the moment and have a question:In the trio part, bars 2,4 and 6, is there a reason to play the e and c on the second and first fret instead of staying in the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pär Engstrand May 4.

Zither Banjo
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Hi guys and gals,what's up with this windsor Z-B? All these holes on the headstock and in the rim? Did it use to have some decoration on the headstock? Are those holes in the rim from the factory or…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Apr 30.

Windsor Pioneer Zither Banjo
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Hi All,so, yet another question about a banjo...On eBay there's a Windsor Pioneer Zither banjo up for auction. I haven't found any information about that model on the internet. Does anyone know…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Crum Apr 13.

What maker is this?
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Hi all,I'm not very active on this forum, yet... :-) but I'm hoping to be able to post a few tunes in the near future.Anyway, there's an auction on eBay and I'm wondering if anyboby knows who the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pär Engstrand Apr 9.

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Pär Engstrand replied to david caron's discussion Classic Banjo Themed T-Shirts
":-) I want one of those! I always (jokingly) tell my students, when the excuse for not practising is that they have to much school work, that school is not imporant, playing music is. I hope none of them will take it seriously. Unless they plan on…"
May 16
Pär Engstrand replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion Sunflower Dance
"Brilliant! Thanks. No, I hadn't seen that."
May 4
thereallyniceman replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion Sunflower Dance
"Keep the questions coming Par ! There are always people willing to help on here ! If you haven't seen the full score I produced for Sunflower Dance, with fingers for both hands notated, I have attached it below...Good luck!"
May 4
Pär Engstrand replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion Sunflower Dance
"Wow! Thank you guys for your extended answers! That's so very kind ouf you to take time to explain everything in such detail. Yes, it all makes perfect sense. You just saved me hours of practise! Those hours I will of course invest in…"
May 4
Jody Stecher replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion Sunflower Dance
"Whoops, one of my periods came out a comma.   I meant " .. + . T"  not  "..  +  ,  T " whatever that might mean."
May 3
Jody Stecher replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion Sunflower Dance
"I see it a bit differently but I agree that it is down to alternate fingering.   Take a look at the transitions from measure 2 to 3 and from 4 to 5.  The last 4 notes in measures 2 and 4 are AGEC.  If we played EC at fret 5 the…"
May 3
thereallyniceman replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion Sunflower Dance
"The reason I play it that way is: 2nd Bar of the TRIO : The last note of the previous bar is an F semi-quaver so of a very short duration. Trying to jump to the 5th fret to play first two notes ( the C and E)  would be difficult without a…"
May 3
Pär Engstrand posted a discussion

Sunflower Dance

Hi All,I'm practising Sunflower Dance at the moment and have a question:In the trio part, bars 2,4 and 6, is there a reason to play the e and c on the second and first fret instead of staying in the 5th position? I'm thinking it could be because of creating a better sound? I haven't tried out the differnt fingerings yet, to determine what sound I like best.And in general, how often do you change, or play other fingerings than suggested in the original score?Thanks a bunch!See More
May 3
Jody Stecher replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion Zither Banjo
"There are only 6 tuning pegs.  Maybe the double slots in the nut are simply because someone lost the original nut and put in a mandolin nut or banjo-mandolin nut. Or maybe the larger holes on the peghead were for single friction pegs?  The…"
Apr 30
Pär Engstrand replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion Zither Banjo
":-) 9 string zither banjo. Unless there's two tunnels under the fret board, that would make it a 10 string :-) It really is a pity. I would have been interested, without all the wholes. Might still be, depending on the price...."
Apr 30
thereallyniceman replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion Zither Banjo
"Termite holes??  ;-) Whatever they were for they were a bit of a botched up job!"
Apr 30
Jody Stecher replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion Zither Banjo
"It looks like the headstock holes were for rhinestones or some other shiny bling. The holes in the rim seem to be for something else Not sound.  Screws held something in place?"
Apr 30
Pär Engstrand posted a discussion

Zither Banjo

Hi guys and gals,what's up with this windsor Z-B? All these holes on the headstock and in the rim? Did it use to have some decoration on the headstock? Are those holes in the rim from the factory or did someone try to improve the sound?Windsor Artiste ZBThanks for looking,PärSee More
Apr 30
Eric Crum replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion Windsor Pioneer Zither Banjo
"I believe it to be one of their early models. Probably the bottom of their mid-range banjos. The cheaper ones usually had a bolt on neck, and the higher up models had more fancy inlay and nicer hardware......  I am waiting for my 5th Windsor to…"
Apr 13
Pär Engstrand posted a discussion

Windsor Pioneer Zither Banjo

Hi All,so, yet another question about a banjo...On eBay there's a Windsor Pioneer Zither banjo up for auction. I haven't found any information about that model on the internet. Does anyone know anything about that model? Would it be worth buying? (I already have a Windsor pre 1895, probably, zither-banjo). I of course know that one can't have to many banjos :-) but I would rather save up and buy a really good instrument than spend money on something that I won't be enjoying to play. And yes, I…See More
Apr 13
Pär Engstrand replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion What maker is this?
"Thanks for your reply. The fingerboard looking the way it does could be a good or a bad sign. Bad quality wood = bad sign, played so much because it just sounds so great = good sign :-) I probably wont be bidding on this either, the shipping to…"
Apr 9

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