"Thanks for sharing this list! There are a few listings for plectrum banjo, which I have started playing. It goes so well with the 5 string classic style; same tuning. I’m always looking to add to my ‘plectrum’ collection of…"
"I think this list was reprinted in the ABF Journal. At least, I've seen it before. I remember laughing at the 1855 listing for a Minstrel Banjo Tutor by Stewart (who was born that year). Evidently a true child prodigy!
I'm amazed at how…"
This is a cool list! Did you want to add more of these to this site? I would think it cool but most are in A notation and some are stroke style books.
Of course all of the music can be played fingerstyle, but many stroke style…"
I found this interesting article in my bedtime reading. (1961 BMG magazines, of course)I have not seen a list of tutor books compiled before. It goes up to 1957, but I am sure that is enough to keep us going!…See More
"I think he'd been listening to Fred Bacon...
Actually this 'theme and variations' biz has a very long and chequered history. Piano players screw it up just as well as violinists and banjoista. The task is to take the melody and insert…"
I just came across this good quality cylinder recording of Vess Ossman playing Old Folks at home.Is it just me or does he really attempt to play the variations too fast? You can "feel" him falling over his fingers. It seems to be a curse of the banjo player that the better they think they are the faster they try to play. Even my hero, Fred Van Eps boasted about being able to play 14 notes a second..WHY?Bluegrass players seem do it too, some even attempting to be the "World's fastest Banjo…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!