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Classic Banjo Study Group

Let's all get together to exchange ideas and tips on learning to play "Classic Style Banjo".

Added by thereallyniceman on April 4, 2018 at 16:29 — 19 Comments


Very sad about Hal.   He was a legend and a trail blazer in banjo web world.   His " Classic Banjo " website is a real treasure.   He also happened to be a bloody nice bloke.   We are going to miss you mate.   You have certainly left a void in the banjo world.

Condolences to his family. 

Added by Ray Jones on February 4, 2018 at 3:30 — No Comments

Hello again...and some playlists

I have been a way for a while - I got distracted trying to learn some AJ Weidt pieces on the tenor banjo - but I now have the itch to start playing the 5-string banjo again.   

I thought I'd share some Playlists I created on YouTube for Sunday listening/watching:

Here is another one which is more ragtime…


Added by carrie horgan on November 5, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments

Strange Part # 01

i open  a " Strange part "   , serial blog   ' bout banjo 'parts  with   this resonator

Was on an Abbott ' 5th string   i have ; i think original to it .

The Marquetery  is ...  inside ............ , with  a varnish on  ;   and it is the type of marquetery we can see on  a Windsor banjo ............. So…


Added by marc dalmasso on August 20, 2017 at 9:09 — 3 Comments

Tyro Mazurka

I have just posted on You Tube, Tyro Mazurka.   I videoed it some time ago, but my fingers will not let me play it now.  My grand children wanted to hear it.

Just type in 'Lonburg'.

Added by Ray Jones on August 18, 2017 at 2:30 — 1 Comment

Ragtime Episode help!

Hello folks ... I hope you can help me. I'm having trouble with the Ragtime Episode tab I've got. I can't work out the fingering as it seems so fast! Do you pinch with the thumb and forefinger on the 2cnd bar or use the ring finger to maintain the speed?? I'm used to rolls on bluegrass and knowing how the fingering works but I really can't figure this one out. I don't expect to be as good as Rob Mackillop and others but any help would be most welcome. Thanks in advance!

Added by Daniel Pearce on June 3, 2017 at 17:24 — 23 Comments

Searching for a mazurka

Hi all!

Long time but believe me, I have been practicing a lot, so in the future I promise new videos. I have been working on new tunes and I also would like to learn a tune I watched on the Rob´s Youtube page...¿Someone might have the score of "Mazurka" (wihtout more names)? I was not able to find one in the music library. Also, I am open for suggestions for mazurkas.

Thanks for the help and as usual, all of you have posted amazing videos! Sometime I…


Added by German David Patarroyo on September 25, 2016 at 18:22 — 3 Comments

Robert Parker, sound engineer

    Have Parker's techniques been applied to old classic-banjo recordings? He had a Public Radio program in the '80s of jazz from Edison cylinders and up through 78 RPM, and the fidelity is remarkable.

Added by B. Williams on December 26, 2015 at 14:12 — No Comments

Sylvester L. Ossman info

Somehow, I cannot post a .pdf file to the ongoing discussion, so I'll post it here.

This is the US Census record for Sylvester Ossman, Musician, for 1910. It shows the full family at the time, including Sylvester Jr.

They were living in Palisades Park, New Jersey.

Ossman Census record…


Added by Trapdoor2 on December 6, 2015 at 18:44 — No Comments

Bill Keith

Sad ; Bill passed away ; my friend  jean marie  Redon , who used to make a Bj  course with him announced this sad new today ; RIP…


Added by marc dalmasso on October 24, 2015 at 17:29 — 5 Comments



I Found this in

Von K.B. Rau kam der Hinweis auf eine Sammlung von Fotos mit und über Banjos auf den Seiten von Samm Bennett ( . Auch andere Instrumente kommen zu ihrem Recht. Sehr…


Added by Hans Straub on June 26, 2015 at 17:04 — 2 Comments

Saint Gervasy 2015

On the road to St Gervasy ; today for 3 days

gonna play ................ Classic banjo  with Rémi and his new Cole mod D  ;

Alison Brown  , who had a gig not far , will  opening the festival tonight…


Added by marc dalmasso on June 12, 2015 at 7:30 — 3 Comments

Pathé 22055 Discovered in the Wild

Just in from the "wild" and right up your alley:  Found a rare American Pathé of John Pidoux / Thomas Malin that might be of interest:   

Pathé 22055   ca. January 1919  

John Pidoux:   "A Plantation Episode"  (Grimshaw)  mx.…


Added by Brad Kay on May 21, 2015 at 20:30 — 13 Comments

Pré War or not ?

DO NOT have the Renova  SN tables

Added by marc dalmasso on March 12, 2015 at 22:38 — 4 Comments

Cammeyer super Vibrante


Added by marc dalmasso on February 27, 2015 at 20:42 — 7 Comments

Help with value

I have recently acquired a J Parslow banjo but not sure of value is there anyone who could help please.
I have done some research into the maker and worked out its about 100 years old and looks like an original case.
One piece of mother of pearl missing and obviously well played with.
Thanks if you can help that would be great.

Added by paul henry on December 21, 2014 at 12:37 — No Comments

The Bell Chimes

A pretty little tune - this is the Herbert J Ellis version (but with the Dobson intro).  Hope you like this one, Ian (our resident Bell Ringer)

Edit by Ian:

I have added a Music player for Carrie's recording.

Very nice indeed Carrie, and a nice sounding banjo too. You sound better than my Handbell Ringing Team…


Added by carrie horgan on November 1, 2014 at 15:00 — 8 Comments

Classic Banjo Radio Down

Wouldn't you know it. After announcing the new website to all of you, the computer that I am using to stream the music decided to die. Period. I am porting over the radio station to another computer and should be up and running by the end of the day.

As they say in the radio biz, "Stay Tuned!"

Added by Hal Allert on July 3, 2014 at 19:04 — 3 Comments

Classic Banjo Radio

Hello everyone. Well, I have finally published my Internet Radio Station, Classic Banjo Radio. It streams 24/7 and has players for iTunes, Android, and Blackberry. There are at present approximately 500 pieces that I have cleaned up. Some of them still sound like crap but you should have heard the originals. Thanks to Ian for letting me tap into the Banjo DJ. I will be cleaning those up as well. And Jody contributed quite a few…


Added by Hal Allert on June 30, 2014 at 17:07 — 8 Comments

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