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Banjo Roots and Branches by Robert Winans
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Started this discussion. Last reply by david caron Aug 30.

A Notation tunes to C Notation...
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Jun 28.

Stars and Stripes Forever...
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Trapdoor2 replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Tony Trischka's excellent video on "Classic Style Banjo"
""Sunflower Dance", as I heard it, is a non-PC euphemism for cotton pickers. There is an old 1930's cartoon (probably by Harmon-Ising, who specialized in such stuff) where the all the sunflowers in a field are anthropomorphically…"
Oct 9
Trapdoor2 replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Tony Trischka's excellent video on "Classic Style Banjo"
"That's a little apples and oranges, I think. However, the same theory applies to Stroke Style as it does Classic. People heard the CD "Minstrel Banjo" and they wanted strongly to emulate it. Tim Twiss' videos fill the same…"
Oct 5
Trapdoor2 replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Tony Trischka's excellent video on "Classic Style Banjo"
"I think it is human nature to want to play like "X". Usually X is playing at a high level and that is what your brain keys on. Nobody wants to play "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" for more than the time it takes to get your…"
Oct 4
Trapdoor2 replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Tony Trischka's excellent video on "Classic Style Banjo"
"Let me say this about that (caveat: primarily about the banjo in the USA). All of the above points are well made…and all were indeed contributors to the near-demise of the fingerstyle 5-string banjo. Let me list these talking points (in no…"
Oct 3
Trapdoor2 replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Tony Trischka's excellent video on "Classic Style Banjo"
"How's this?"
Sep 25
Trapdoor2 replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Tony Trischka's excellent video on "Classic Style Banjo"
"I still have the very first metal picks I ever bought. Dunlop .025. Never lost 'em, never liked anything else. I stepped on my original heavy Dunlop thumbpick...something made me try a really flexible (and hot pink) Ernie Ball thumbpick...I…"
Sep 25
Trapdoor2 replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Tony Trischka's excellent video on "Classic Style Banjo"
"Back in 2006, I attended the Nashville Banjo Camp. Jody's friend Bill Evans and Tony Trischka were headliners. They wanted to do some historical stuff during the evening show but neither could bring the appropriate banjos. I supplied both a…"
Sep 25
Trapdoor2 commented on Dave Raphaelson's video
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The Mysterious Barricades by Francois Couperin 1668 - 1773

"Very nice! My very first LP that had any sort of "Classic" banjo on it was one from banjoist (now professor) Paul Smith in 1983, titled: "Mysterious Barricades, The Banjo Redefined".  It not only featured the titular piece…"
Sep 23

MARC SMITH

I was raised by a pack of wolves, deep in the forests of Nawthern Alabama...

Ok, perhaps not. I'm told we were a "normal" family...if having an airplane in your garage (sometimes running the engine in the front yard) is normal. We did finish restoring it (a J-3C Piper Cub) and I soloed in it, etc.

I'm an engineering type, working on spare parts for Helicopter stuff, 8 to 5, weekdays. My wife, the inimitable Miz Diane also works with the Helicopter groups, albeit in the contracting and acquisitions end.

I have been playing the banjo since 1979, when I was taught "Cripple Creek" (Scruggs Style) by my now longtime friend, Patrick Camp. Although I started out on the Bluegrass end of things, one of the first tunes I learnt was an 1877 arrangement of "Spanish Fandango" published in "Banjo Newsletter" in the late 1970's. It was another 10 yrs before I attempted another Classic Banjo tune (or even knew what one was).

In 1992, I attended the "Tennessee Banjo Institute" in Lebanon, TN...meeting the likes of Clarke Buehling, Bill Morris, Chris Sands and Eli Kaufman...and listening to them play Classic Banjo. Their performances (and the cassettes I purchased from them) led me down the crooked path of the Classic banjo from then until now.

I have a lot of hobbies...but most have gone by the wayside for Banjo stuff. I have been collecting Banjo Sheet music since the 1980's and have scads of it stashed in boxes in my "music room", along with quite a few banjos...some vintage, some new, some 4-string, mostly 5-string, some are just banjos I got for a song.

I have been actively procuring the materials and equipment to produce my own banjos when I retire. I recently purchased the estate of a local luthier who specialized in producing somewhat illicit reproductions of a well-known banjo manufacturer. Lots of tools and bits and a huge pile of great wood. I've been woodworking since I was a kid and I've started several banjos...discovering my great talent is not finishing projects. ;-)

I have recently adopted the motto of John Steinbeck: Ad Astra Per Alas Porci. Seems to fit me!

===Marc

 

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Sylvester L. Ossman info

Somehow, I cannot post a .pdf file to the ongoing discussion, so I'll post it here.

This is the US Census record for Sylvester Ossman, Musician, for 1910. It shows the full family at the time, including Sylvester Jr.

They were living in Palisades Park, New Jersey.

Ossman Census record…

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Posted on December 6, 2015 at 18:44

"Carry On" by Alfred Kirby, MIDI and TAB

Here's the MIDI and TAB for "Carry On", complete with Mike's "Intro".

"Carry On" MIDI

"Carry On" TAB

Ian, please put these in their proper…

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Posted on September 3, 2012 at 22:41 — 2 Comments

1880's/1890's banjo sheet music "in da house"

I nicked a box full of crumbly old sheet music offa ebay a week or so ago. Paid about $0.80 ea with shipping. See attached list for the titles, etc.

All of this stuff is American, pre 1900 and in A notation. Amazingly, not many duplicates (whew!) for me. Sure, some obvious ones like Darkey's Awakening, On The Mill Dam, Queen of the Forest, etc. However, there are a couple of previously unknown publishers (two female!) and nearly the entire output of a previously unknown (to me) New…

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Posted on August 8, 2012 at 1:54 — 5 Comments

TAB for Jumbo Rag...

Posted on April 28, 2012 at 5:00 — 1 Comment

A shot rang out...!

Yesterday, I drove 2.5 hrs up to the Nashville, TN area for BUW (Breaking Up Winter). BUW is an Old-Time festival that has been held the first weekend in March for the past 15 or so years at a small State Park in Lebanon, TN (Cedars Of Lebanon State Park, no less).

This "festival" (it is really just an excuse to gather OT players and have an extended jam) is one of those places where you meet old friends, play a lot of music and unwind. I usually take a pile of banjos and spend a bit…

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Posted on March 4, 2012 at 16:04 — 2 Comments

Comment Wall (32 comments)

At 23:13 on January 2, 2009, Carl Anderton said…
Glad you joined, Marc. Mighty impressive lookin' line-up of banjars there.
At 22:06 on January 7, 2009, Carl Anderton said…
Did I see that you have a tab for Heliotrope Bouquet? I'd LOVE to take a crack at that!
At 21:09 on February 15, 2009, Ray Jones said…
Hi Marc.
We didn't record that track during the heat wave. As a matter of fact I found it in the attic! ( would you believe )
Regards Ray
At 15:09 on April 6, 2009, Eric STEFANELLI said…
Hi Marc !
Good to know you're in this web bjo group!
My friends Marc D. and Ray J. told me about it.
I was not dead but very busy and moved to another country, i've time now for sharing goodle bjo music on the web again, i had some news from you here and there. I've many clips to put on this site, but a little time to do that, i will try to put some next weeks.
At 15:25 on April 6, 2009, Charis Worden said…
Thanks Marc for letting me know about this site. I will enjoy checking it out and especially the sound files.
-Charis
At 6:11 on May 12, 2009, Ray Jones said…
Thanks for pointing that out Marc, I enjoyed listening to it. May I add my congrats to Gavin on his rendition. Beautifully done, and with picks if I'm not mistaken. This puts you up there with the best of 'em Gavin. Keep at it.
At 23:46 on May 12, 2009, Adam said…
Hi Marc ... I really like your video of Sunflower Dance ... Can you point me in the direction for finding the sheet music for that tune? Tab would work too.

Thanks very much,
Best,
Adam
At 5:06 on May 13, 2009, Adam said…
Thanks very much!
At 10:00 on July 29, 2009, David Layton said…
Hi Trapdoor. I've only got a couple of tunes in my Classic repetoire so far. I play bluegrass and clawhammer but I've discovered a beautiful song called Colorado Buck Dance which i'm learning currently. Classic style really opens up the fretboard doesn't it. Should i be using 3 fingers as in scuggs style or 2 fingers like in clawhammer .at the moment i'm playing bare fingers as in clawhammer.Is it personel choice how you approach classic playing. I watched your posted vids and i love your playing.
At 10:25 on July 30, 2009, David Layton said…
Thanks for your message Trapdoor, I love "Colorado Buck Dance" and i am almost at the point of playing it smoothly. When I've mastered it i'll post a video of me playing it. I'm also experimenting with a couple of other tunes. One is an 18th Century African tune called "Pompey Ran Away". Its very simple but just a lovely tune. You probably know it. Its a clawhammer version and a song called "Juba" which is a minstrel piece. I also like "Banjoisticus" which i love but haven't properly looked at yet. It reminds me of Scott Joplin's "Entertainer"a bit. I think classic banjo is the best stlye i've so far come across. Are a lot of Classic pieces in drop -C tuning ? I think Classic Style will really help teach me the fretboard and my scales which i need to learn more of. I need to get use to playing up the neck more. I'd like to carry on with Scruggs & Clawhammer but really get into Classic. What are your views on single string banjo. when i started playing banjo about 2 years ago i had a few lessons in scuggs style but my teacher moved on and we lost touch. Since them I'm self taught from books and lessons on U Tube and the like. Do you think I'd benefit from more lessons now to help me up to the "next level". Sorry to bombard you with so many questions but there's so much to know.
Best Wishes David.

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