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Fred Van Eps Classic Style as it should be :-)
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Fred Van Eps in a moment of madness or maybe desperation!
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thereallyniceman replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Fred Van Eps in a moment of madness or maybe desperation!
"There are  "Play" buttons under the initial post and in the replies. Click these and you can hear the audio files."
OK-4 replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Fred Van Eps in a moment of madness or maybe desperation!
"Where is the music file? I can't find it in this thread."
A.N. Chase replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Fred Van Eps in a moment of madness or maybe desperation!
"I'm definitely picking up a New England flavor.   Compare with the more modern "Bert and I" records by Marshall Dodge & company, which feature particularly dry yankee humor with pretty good downeast Maine accents:…"
thereallyniceman replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Question About the Grimshaw Tutor Copyright
"As I understand the Copyright Law in the UK: Up until 1999 the copyright of an original musical composition and written works was up until the end of the year, 50 years after the death of the composer. From 1999 this was extended to 70 years after…"
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thereallyniceman commented on Paul Draper's video

The Ladbroke March

"Great stuff Paul! You have that dogged determination to reach the top of that slippery hill, most mere mortals give up at the first stumble and end up in a heap, never reaching the summit. Keep up the good work :-)"
Jun 16
Trapdoor2 replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Fred Van Eps Classic Style as it should be :-)
"I think FVE was pioneering the 'studio musician' gig. Sit around all day until somebody shows up with a pile of music, figure it out, mess around with arrangements and then cut a track. Go back to waiting... Very much the same today.…"
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Joel Hooks replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Fred Van Eps Classic Style as it should be :-)
"FVE did explain all these "non banjo" numbers he recorded (FVE told people that told someone that told me).  He said that he would show up to the studio in the morning and they would hand him the piece he was to record that day.…"
Jun 14
Trapdoor2 replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Fred Van Eps Classic Style as it should be :-)
"I would assume that the title is reminiscent of Spain (gypsies, Seville oranges, etc.). I found this on the web: "Tambourines and Oranges was adapted by Klickmann from the then well-known and popular La Cinquantaine (1887) [The Golden Wedding]…"
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At 21:20 on January 6, 2009, Carl Anderton said…
Glad you found us, Ian. Welcome.
At 20:11 on April 10, 2009, Jody Stecher said…
Wow, Ian, these are gorgeous, and not at all different iterations of basically the same banjo idea. I would imagine there's a good variety of tone and response. The Amboyna z-b particularly knocks me out. How does she play and sound?
At 20:36 on July 14, 2009, Mike Redman said…
The XX special was bargain of the year! I have one just like that and would never part with it, have owned it for 20 years. My old banjo teacher, Horace Craddy found it for me. Enjoy it, a friend for life!
At 9:52 on July 29, 2009, David Layton said…
Hi there Ian in Blackpool, its an Ozark 5 string. In the picture I'm at Art In Action an Arts Festival in Oxfordshire. I 'm also into oil painting as well as banjoing. I've just started learning classic banjo. Ive been playing for just over 2 years now. Started with Scruggs style then progressed into clawhammer. Found myself at a bit of a learning plateau kinda stuck too much at first position but recently i started to learn a lovely song called "Colorado Buck Dance". I found that classic style has really opened up the fretboard for me. One thing i'd like to ask. I play classic tunes the sameway as clawhammer, bare fingers and just using my thumb and index finger. Is this correct or should i be using threefingers as in scruggs style also should i be using picks or is it personel choice down to the individual.
From David
At 10:04 on July 29, 2009, David Layton said…
sorry i forgot to mention i live in Burton on Trent in Staffordshire.
At 20:25 on March 12, 2010, J. Adam Latham said…
No worries, Ian ... I hope you get your video needs worked out ... Looking forward to your contributions!

All the best,
At 19:11 on December 4, 2010, Eric STEFANELLI said…
Thank you for your comment, you are welcome, i have many van Eps cylinders and Vess L. Ossman too, and of course many old 78r.p.m.
Only one about Tarrant Bailey J.R.
I am thinking to put some on this site, as soon as possible, because many are unknown, and i'm thinking aout many people who must be interrested to heard them, if i have sheet music i will post it in same time.
I like your performance on Morley's Palladium March.

At 7:17 on December 20, 2010, Sylvia said…

Hi Really Nice Man,  you must teach your wife how to play Banjo, I reckon she could be playing second parts quite quickley then you could play duets like Eric and Pat.   Also she could become a member of this site and perhaps mine would not be the only female voice heard  :-)  

At 13:28 on March 13, 2011, Jan Bloom said…
I make banjos currently sold through Elderly Instruments.  These are a Farland style all wood beveled rim banjo 11.5 diameter.  Normal scale length is 25.5 for the clawhammer player.  However, they may be ordered direct with classic scales of 27 or 27.5.  
At 15:25 on April 21, 2011, Mike Moss said…

Thanks Ian, that's very generous of you. I'll have to dig out my "to-play" list (which is getting longer by the minute...) and see what I can extort, err... I mean, nicely ask for :)


I'm very happy with the sound of my banjo, by the way, now that I've converted it somewhat. The Renaissnace head and Chris Sands heavies give it a booming tone which is almost worthy of the old killing machines, and I'm getting some nice, thunderous bass notes with the appropriate picking technique. Gotta love how Bill Ball played those thunderous bass notes!

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