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Banjo Tuners
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel Bradbury Apr 18, 2016.

Classic Banjo website
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Hal Allert Jan 19, 2016.

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Ray Jones Nov 11, 2015.


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Ray Jones commented on marc dalmasso's video

Bon anniversaire_Rémi_12 ans

"I'll drink to that!!!!   (born-20th May. 1935)"
May 26
Daniel Bradbury replied to Ray Jones's discussion Banjo Tuners
"Hi Ray, The string buzz is not from the frets, but rather from the flesh of my finger holding down adjacent strings when forming some of those fat chords, particularly when I am the least bit lazy with my finger positioning.  As I said, on the…"
Apr 18, 2016
Ray Jones replied to Ray Jones's discussion Banjo Tuners
"Hi Daniel. I have a banjo with a narrow neck and as you say, probably made for a lady, but as I have relatively small hands I find it great to play.   I would check you neck angle, bridge height, and fret levels to remedy the…"
Apr 17, 2016
Daniel Bradbury replied to Ray Jones's discussion Banjo Tuners
"Thank you Ray My question was about the tuning pegs.  I have decided to try out friction pegs and re-assess other options next time I have my banjo looked at by a luthier.   The neck of my instrument is narrower than most banjos (perhaps…"
Apr 17, 2016
Ray Jones posted a discussion

Banjo Tuners

I do have a nice 'Boss' chromatic tuner that I have used to tune my banjo for years, but as I didn't use it very often the tiny 9 volt battery was always flat, which was annoying.I recently 'Googled' into my Galaxy Tablet, 'Banjo Tuner' and installed a great free APP which works a treat.   So no more worries about flat batteries.You just have to keep up with the times.Greetings from RaySee More
Apr 16, 2016
Hal Allert replied to Ray Jones's discussion Classic Banjo website
"Thanks, Ray for the compliment. I am sorry that my site has been closed for so long. The new site is ready to go except for the page that has MP3s of the new banjo pieces. My Chrome browser will only load the first five pieces, while Firefox loads…"
Jan 19, 2016
Ray Jones posted a discussion

Classic Banjo website

I wonder if anybody has noticed that Hal Alert's fine website is under construction to bring it up to date.    Hal has put a lot of effort into his website over the years, sometimes under very difficult circumstances.    I think we tend to go for the easy option.   Let's give him all the support that we can. See More
Jan 14, 2016
Ray Jones replied to Hal Allert's discussion Gasoline Alley Comic Strip and John Hartford
"That's quite an honour for a banjo player.   Okay, hands up, who wants their own comic strip? John was at the forefront of promoting the banjo, and sadly missed."
Nov 23, 2015

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Drop Thumb

Hi Rob

For years I could not master the Drop Thumb method of Clawhammer playing. All I could manage was what was known as 'up picking' from Pete Seeger's book. This style was okay for the slower tunes, but arm breaking if you wanted to play dance tunes with the fiddler. Then I picked up a tutor with a tape by a bloke called Larry Peterson. He just had a way of making it easy, with lots of simple tunes to play along with. Larry lived in Omaha Nebraska. I haven't heard from him for years,… Continue

Posted on July 24, 2009 at 21:42 — 1 Comment

4th of July

A Happy 4th of July to all my American mates.

Posted on July 3, 2009 at 22:33 — 2 Comments


Hi Gang
I was watching the Pete Seeger interviews recently by Tim Robbins. I noticed that Pete had a most unusual Bridge on his banjo. It seemed to have a couple of little 'outriggers' on it. This gave it four points of contact on the vellum. Can anyone tell me anything about it. I've never seen one before.

Posted on June 13, 2009 at 22:45 — 2 Comments

Some site

This site is really going places. Now we have Rob Murch and Mike Redman as members, both excellent players. This enthusiasm for the classic banjo is catching and we could be seeing a resurgence. Who knows.

Posted on April 4, 2009 at 0:40

Comment Wall (32 comments)

At 22:26 on January 1, 2009, Carl Anderton said…
Welcome, Ray! Looking forward to your usual wit and humor.
At 23:31 on January 1, 2009, Ray Jones said…
How do I change my photo, as I've cut the top of my head off. Thank you for your welcome
At 12:07 on January 4, 2009, marc dalmasso said…
Hi Ray ; yes ; eric is a more than 30 years old friend and we started a banjo band where i played the cello it ' s there :
But last year he moved in the center of france for professional reasons ; happy new year @+m
At 20:57 on January 4, 2009, Ray Jones said…
Hi Marc. Pardon I am not able to speak French. We shall have to invite Eric to join our group. Bonne Anne'e Ray
At 2:06 on January 6, 2009, Carl Anderton said…
Ray, Shawnee Mission is a suburb of Kansas City. An Indian mission was built in the 1840's near here that is still standing, and sometimes haunted by a certain local oddball banjo player.

Dots for Riverside Schottische-
page 58
At 2:09 on January 6, 2009, Carl Anderton said…
Okay, that link is a little complicated.

Google Banjo Clubhouse.
Go to Banjo Clubhouse.
Scroll down to the Converse Analytical (it's the white one).
Click on Converse Analytical.
On the bottom of the Converse Analytical page, click on the pdf thing.
Go to page 58.
Enjoy The Riverside Schottische.
At 10:23 on April 2, 2009, marc dalmasso said…
and me too ; but i will keep the cello on my avatar , better than .....wine & cheese
At 10:44 on April 2, 2009, Carl Anderton said…
Looks like you traded your Zither in on a Boucher.
At 21:21 on April 2, 2009, Ray Jones said…
That's not a Boucher mate. That's a Bouncer. They are speciall made for Kangaroos on the Hop.
At 17:45 on April 4, 2009, Rob Murch said…
I'll fly the flag for them...

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