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New Score added to the MUSIC LIBRARY
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So thinking of playing Plectrum Banjo?
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Joel Hooks replied to thereallyniceman's discussion New Score added to the MUSIC LIBRARY
"I did a quick read through.  It has all the characteristics of a "thimble march."  It plays fine stroke or guitar style. The bass solo is cool but for the most part it is rather typical of these things. I'd do a down and…"
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Frank Coyne replied to thereallyniceman's discussion New Score added to the MUSIC LIBRARY
"Hi Ian, A really great clean up job, well done. Would love to hear it played! Best regards. Frank"
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New Score added to the MUSIC LIBRARY

Site member Frank Coyne has kindly sent me a score for the MUSIC LIBRARY.It is a J.E. Dallas composition that I have not seen before called The Connaught Banjo March. It looks quite interesting and has  1st 2nd banjo, piano and  1st and 2nd Mandolin parts too!!Check out the MUSIC LIBRARY:…See More
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"Goodness me!   ... I would have to grow another bunch of fingers to play that. What is it??"
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thereallyniceman commented on Andy Chase's video

Kansas Jig

"Excellent playing Andy and good to see a video from you! No need to lurk :-)  I agree with Marc that you may have miss-read a chord: D, C, A flat     a     0 1 1 chord Keep them coming. Kansas Jig is a great tune and not…"
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Jocko MacNelly replied to thereallyniceman's discussion So thinking of playing Plectrum Banjo?
"And they all look like they really know how to play banjo. These guys are serious!! "
John Field replied to thereallyniceman's discussion So thinking of playing Plectrum Banjo?
" About 7years back , I was contacted by the Music Director of a local (and very competent) amateur operatic society.  They were putting on the Charleston-era musical "The Boy Friend" and the MD was desperate for a banjo…"
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion So thinking of playing Plectrum Banjo?
"Thanks for that, Richard!  That story has the unmistakable sterling ring of truth. "

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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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