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A Kerry Mills composition from 1896... sound familiar?
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Richard Bugdal replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Olly Oakley as you will have never heard him.
"Amazing what software will do. Wonderful that old music was preserved, by folks like you, in original form with all the scratchies, clikys and poppies. After listening to both I miss a bit of the scratchies in the cleaned up version as it was almost…"
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thereallyniceman replied to Thomas Edgar's discussion A 1913 Classic by Arthur Prior
"Hi Thomas, It looks like you will have to whistle that slide, as per instructions ;-) I have added the score, as arranged by Morley, to the MUSIC LIBRARY for you...  good luck! I do have a photo of Whistler's Mother if that helps: :-)) "
Trapdoor2 replied to thereallyniceman's discussion A Kerry Mills composition from 1896... sound familiar?
"I do like the Ossman version of "Happy Days..." better than the Brooks version. However, Mr. Brooks brings a seriously fluid Right Hand to "Coon Song Medley" that I'd give a lot to own. His articulations are as good as…"
Shawn McSweeny replied to thereallyniceman's discussion A Kerry Mills composition from 1896... sound familiar?
"I'm with you Steve. Ossman has a firmer grasp of the piece and plays with his characteristic authority. Regarding arrangement, I've found a number of his his recordings of pieces originally scored for piano, and never published for banjo (…"
Steve Harrison replied to thereallyniceman's discussion A Kerry Mills composition from 1896... sound familiar?
"Both recordings are good but I think Osman tops it by a mile. I did my arrangement straight from the piano score and midi, without the benefit of hearing the recordings and it pleases me to hear how similar some of the sections are. When my wife…"
thereallyniceman replied to thereallyniceman's discussion A Kerry Mills composition from 1896... sound familiar?
"Jody was previously commenting on the great tone from Ruby Brook’s banjo.   For those who haven’t read the Ruby Brooks biography on this website here is a little information about him:   The American, Ruby was born Ruben R.…"
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion A Kerry Mills composition from 1896... sound familiar?
"Some speculation: Ossman phrases the second part of this Banjo Solo a bit differently than Brooks, just enough to suggest the possible origins or inspiration for the melody. It is reminiscent of the song " I's Gwine Back To Dixie"…"
thereallyniceman replied to thereallyniceman's discussion A Kerry Mills composition from 1896... sound familiar?
"HAPPY DAYS IN DIXIE by Vess Ossman "

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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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