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TWO ! Great, Scott Joplin arrangements for Classic Banjo
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thereallyniceman replied to Jocko MacNelly's discussion uploading sheet music
"Hi Jocko, Uploading by use of a hi-resolution .jpg file is fine as it can be viewed full size and downloaded. It is not possible for members to add scores to the MUSIC LIBRARY, but as if by magic, Ta-Dah: Thank you for your contribution to the…"
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thereallyniceman replied to carrie horgan's discussion Shaeffer's Jig
"... or  "Joe Morley's Cakewalk" is used too. I dislike re-writing history, but I guess that as the N word upsets so many folk it is understandable."
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thereallyniceman replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Kaloola Dots
"I have emailed you my copies Jody, so you may be able to sort something from those. I hope it helps!"
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Trapdoor2 replied to thereallyniceman's discussion TWO ! Great, Scott Joplin arrangements for Classic Banjo
"How cool is that? Ragtime Dance is pretty much a "standard" and I think I have at least one period banjo arrangement of it. It has sooooo many bits in it that became cliche for 'ragtime'. A somewhat different setting of…"
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TWO ! Great, Scott Joplin arrangements for Classic Banjo

Following recent discussions about Scott Joplin's compositions for banjo, Richard Ineson has very kindly sent me two of his arrangements of Joplin's pieces.The first composed in 1901 is Ragtime Dance.I think this is one of Joplin's best rags!The second  was a 1903 composition called Weeping Willow.…See More
thereallyniceman replied to Steve Harrison's discussion The Strenuous Life (1902)..Scott Joplin.
"Steve has now completed a second arrangement of Strenuous Life and this one is in the Key of G. Steve suggests that the G version may be easier to play than the C version. This additional score has been added to the MUSIC LIBRARY."
thereallyniceman replied to Steve Harrison's discussion The Strenuous Life (1902)..Scott Joplin.
"For some reason I never liked "The Entertainer" on classic banjo, perhaps it was just the saturation of the  media with the piece when "The Sting" was released. Ragtime Dance..brilliant, Maple leaf..more brilliant! I…"
thereallyniceman replied to John Cohen's discussion Tab Request
"Hey Maestro Marc, thank you for the amazing response... as usual. For those who don't know Marc is our resident TAB expert and oracle on all things musical, and, as you can see, he doesn't hang around when it comes to helping people:-) So…"

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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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