"Frank Bradbury made a wonderful job of playing his arrangement of this tune, made famous by, amongst others Alan Sherman, 'Hello muddah, hello faddah'. I remembered that there are one or two mistakes in the score, so here are the…"
Good to hear from you and thank you for the suggestion. We do have a Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/ClassicBanjo
It has a mix of humour and serious Classic Banjo items that link to our site. It does bring people to this…"
I was thinking, we (meaning thereallyniceman) should make a Facebook page to attract more people. Banjohangout recently made one and they already have around 5,000 likes and they post stuff regularly. I think it would be a good…"
I don't think that you will find local groups for Classic Style banjo playing as they are very few and far between. You may be better contacting Paul Heilman the secretary of the American Banjo Fraternity who may have members in…"
I am pleased that you found Classic Style via my Youtube videos. We are trying our best to spread the Classic Banjo word and feature regularly on Facebook and Youtube, as you know.
Please contribute or ask questions as it is always…"
"I've got a third theory to add to the 2nd banjo / cephalopod hypotheses. It's a bit ridiculous but certainly do-able. I tried fretting the low E flat (3rd fret) with my left hand index finger, and playing it with my left hand pinky finer,…"
"Hey Last man,
You ask a very difficult question regarding when "Classic Style" actually became Classic Style. Almost certainly it was not known as classic style when it was being played in the early 1900s. Early references (including…"
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!