My friend Eric from Israel has just visited Lynn and I and has kindly donated, for the site, a small mountain of original published scores for the banjo. Many of these are not available elsewhere (as far as I can see), so now I intend to scan, clean up and add them to the MUSIC LIBRARY for FREE download! I have included a list of titles and composers, so if there are any that you would like to have copies of please let me know and I will edit and upload those first! To process the whole pile…See More
I still don't think that they got those incorrect dates from on here as I posted the details from your flyer that you sent me in January!
I see that your OLD 2016 flyer (for last year's rallies) had the incorrect date on it, but…"
"Nice banjo... You NEED another Jody!
I always thought that the "slang" term for a Bluegrass banjo tuned with open strings as a Gmaj chord was a G Banjo as opposed to the "Classic Style" with the lower bass C string.
A Rally for enthusiasts of all styles of Banjo playing.Classic style is always well represented.Plenty of instruments to see and play, people to meet and great music to hear in the afternoon concert.Numerous trade stands and private instrument sales.See More
This year's Backwell Classic Banjo Rally will be held at the Backwell Women's Institute Hall. Backwell, Near Yatton, North Somerset. BS48 3QWon Saturday 9th September.A rally for Classic Banjo enthusiasts.All are welcome for chat, informal playing and concert.Trade stands and displays.Contact details to follow.See More
The first UK banjo rally of the year, the Midlands & North Regional Banjo Rally will take place on Saturday May 6th. at Clowne Community Centre, Villa Park, Recreation Close, Clowne, Chesterfield S43 4PL.Doors open 12 noon and there will be continual banjo playing from around 2pm to 5pm. Situated 10 minutes from the M1…See More
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?
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!
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.
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.
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 :-)
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.
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!