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Smith's Songs for Banjo
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Is anyone familiar with this book?  It's a lot of old songs with one-banjo accompaniment.  I'll list the songs soon.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by thereallyniceman Oct 26.

Banjo arrangement of Shanteler guitar piece
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I'd like to introduce a piece…Continue

Tags: piece, Shanteler

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Harrison Oct 20.

Mel Bay banjo books
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I just came across volumes 1 and 2 of Mel Bay banjo method books, by Frank Bradbury, 1967, which teach the instrument as classic banjo!  4th string C tuning, music notation, etc.  I see that you…Continue

Tags: Agnew, method, E., J., Bay

Started this discussion. Last reply by david caron Aug 13.

Accompaniments?
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Hello England and world from a small town in Southern Oregon U.S.A !  What fun to discover classic banjo, even 100 or so years late.The only piece I've worked on much so far is Colorado Buck Dance,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Randy Dary May 28.

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Randy Dary replied to Steve Harrison's discussion My New banjo
"Happy Birth Week, Steve! You got me to thinking: I'm trying to decide if it would be better to be an 18 yr old in a 72 (in my case) yr old body, or a 72 yr old in an 18 yr old body.    I figure either would be better than what…"
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"Hi Randy we do have the Ellis' Thorough School in the TUTOR BOOKS section. Maybe yours is a slightly different version/cover?"
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"Sorry; that should be abebooks."
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"I've made a somewhat extensive list of the differences in pages between this one and the one on Tutor Books.  No idea which is older.  This one is very brittle.  I am trying to figure out how it may be preserved or resuscitated,…"
Nov 25
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I bought this on the abehbooks website. It came to me from Belgium to Oregon. Very bedraggled, as you can see. It also has numerous differences from the version in Tutor Books. No publishing date so I can't tell which is older.
Nov 25
Randy Dary replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Cotton States Rag (1910)..Annie Ford McKnight.
"Great work once again, Steve! interesting to find a piece by a female composer!  Where did you find it? Your output shames me.  I have some projects in mind but that's about all they are at present.  I also told Ian I'd scan…"
Nov 23
Randy Dary left a comment for Paul Painter
"Welcome to Classic Banjo!   I remember teaching a guitar class in which there were two ladies who played and taught piano.  They, like Paul, found the strings and frets very confusing compared to the way piano keys lay out everything very…"
Nov 23
thereallyniceman replied to Randy Dary's discussion Smith's Songs for Banjo
"I think that a scanned version in PDF would be the best to use on the website. It is better if you email it to me directly."
Oct 26
Randy Dary replied to Randy Dary's discussion Smith's Songs for Banjo
"Thank you, Ian! I’ll try to remember the jpg configuration . If you’d be interested in posting the book, I could disassemble it and scan as pdf, I suppose. First I will send you some representative pages, ok? See if it’s worthwhile."
Oct 25
thereallyniceman replied to Randy Dary's discussion Smith's Songs for Banjo
"That is a new one on me!  I edited your attachment to .jpg format which can be displayed on this forum. Sounds interesting!"
Oct 25
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Smith's Songs for Banjo

Is anyone familiar with this book?  It's a lot of old songs with one-banjo accompaniment.  I'll list the songs soon.See More
Oct 25
Steve Harrison replied to Randy Dary's discussion Banjo arrangement of Shanteler guitar piece
"Randy has sent me a copy of his score and it's well worth a look and listen. The transition between guitar and banjo works very well...Steve."
Oct 20
Randy Dary posted a discussion

Banjo arrangement of Shanteler guitar piece

I'd like to introduce a piece which you might want try.  You may download it from this site's music library.    It was originally for guitar, in the key of A, so was able to make good use of lower pitched guitar basses.  Some of the fifth string G's in my adaptation were those low guitar basses (E).  Shanteler : I do not know…See More
Oct 19
Randy Dary replied to Steve Harrison's discussion After The Cake Walk (1900)...Robert Natalie Dett
"You appear to be a good guitarist, but your rewrite of Black history is very strange.  Don't get carried away by our nutty US president's use of the word "fake".  Not everything which is printed by trusted media, such…"
Oct 11
Randy Dary replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Who are they? (banjo players)
"The one on the bottom looks a bit like Eddie Peabody, but that's just an observation.  There are a lot of old pix of him on the internet, but I don't see any where his hair is parted that way.  He was born in 1902.…"
Sep 10
david caron replied to Randy Dary's discussion Mel Bay banjo books
"I'm currently working through the "modern" version. Its been anout two weeks, and I'm much more confident when it comes to reading notation now. Some of the songs are kind of boring to play, but overall, whether it be a modern…"
Aug 13

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