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Show me yours and I'll show you mine

Oh, sorry, I can't because I just play the piano and not a banjo. Tell you what I'll show you Ian's instead. You've all seen it before but here it is in all its glory without the distraction of the bow tie! It's a Clifford Essex Wood Hoop Special.…

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Added by thereallynicelady on May 6, 2013 at 19:01 — 16 Comments

Next?

The practice for the ‘new’ piece is now underway and OH is in the study working out fingering and playing short phrases over and over again. It takes only a short while for him to choose what to play and then it’s all systems go to master the music. I was wondering how  members here go about choosing their ‘next’ piece. Do you flick through the music you have already, do you arrange your own, do you adapt a piece you’ve heard or do you raid the music here on Classic Banjo Ning? How do you…

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Added by thereallynicelady on May 3, 2013 at 18:50 — 13 Comments

Australia

Are there any Australian members, particularly WA Members.

A bit barren of classic banjo players over here!!!

George Martin 

Added by George Martin on April 12, 2013 at 11:43 — No Comments

CB Workshop / juin / June 2013

Workshop  in Saint Gervasy  ( 6 miles from  Nîmes ) France ; june  15 & 16.

 I will be here for the CB section .  There will be  Live music , of course , will play some tunes

jean marc ( Andres ) will play , too & tell the story of the ragtime  banjo ;

All the details are here : ( in French , click on  " stages " )

http://banjo30.free.fr/index.html

J 'animerai un stage de Banjo le WE du 15 & 16 …

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Added by marc dalmasso on April 4, 2013 at 5:30 — 4 Comments

Say Thanks John Dallas

When your brain is tired , you have all the chords under your eyes ; more , it will beautify your fingerboard..…

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Added by marc dalmasso on April 3, 2013 at 12:41 — No Comments

A Musical Story

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Added by Hal Allert on February 22, 2013 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

Clad rims / allergy

Cannot play  one of my banjos with a  nickeled metal rim for the time because of an allergy on my right leg ; i play others ... Did somebody ever see this kind of problem ? ; the simple trouser or a rag / cloth beetween the banjo and my skin seems doing nothing .. any idea ?  a piece of leather ?

Added by marc dalmasso on February 10, 2013 at 22:12 — 8 Comments

beautiful B & M zyther ebay

This beautiful B & M ' zyther Bj seems to be almost the same that the one owned by Sydney Ball ( picture one the W J Ball ' site  ); both have the " frette compensée " à la Windsor ..

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5-string-banjo-/281057848970?pt=UK_Musical_Instruments_Sting_Instruments&hash=item41705a6e8a

Added by marc dalmasso on January 30, 2013 at 21:49 — No Comments

A piece of history

Hi all,

Searching about the banjo phenomena in the 1900´s, I could corroborate that it happened in Colombia too. I share you a dissertation about music of the early XX here in Colombia (The author, is Colombian too). Despite it is in Spanish, you can find some pictures with Colombian banjo players!...I will let you know if I can find those banjos!.…

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Added by German David Patarroyo on January 28, 2013 at 2:25 — 2 Comments

Broadway promenade_Backing track

Here ' s the backing track for " Broadway promenade "broadway%20promenade_H%20j%20Ellis.mid by Herbert J Ellis .

It is a piano  part in midi file .

And don 't forget you have to tune the bass in D ; it is a pleasant tune to play

the tempo is something like 80 ; must be speeded to play it…

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Added by marc dalmasso on January 19, 2013 at 12:15 — No Comments

An explanation for your wife..

Strangely , sometimes , a new banjo appear in the house and because it 's pretty soon christmas time  and you could have the idea of making yourself a  gift , here 's an explanation for your wife : unfortunatly , your old music stand was broken and you really wanted to make the economy of buying  a new one but you needed it .Here ' s my  picture . Say Thx , marc , for the good idea…

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Added by marc dalmasso on December 16, 2012 at 13:35 — 1 Comment

cammeyer zither banjo

I have a second grade cammeyer zither banjo .does anybody know how the brass knob on the back is fixed ,as i want to repair veneer.thank you . Alan

Added by Alan Sims on October 31, 2012 at 16:29 — 2 Comments

Metal or gut?

So! I bought a Greenop banjo last year (yes, "Skeleton Dance" Greenop). Almost identical to this one at ZitherBanjo.org. My question: steel or nylon strings? The several spare strings in the case were metal, and the one at the link is strung with metal. I have it strung with metal now, but I obviously want to do right by it. His patent for this design was dated 1926, so it could go either way.

Added by SWCooper on October 22, 2012 at 20:38 — 13 Comments

"Carry On" by Alfred Kirby, MIDI and TAB

Here's the MIDI and TAB for "Carry On", complete with Mike's "Intro".

"Carry On" MIDI

"Carry On" TAB

Ian, please put these in their proper…

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Added by Trapdoor2 on September 3, 2012 at 22:41 — 2 Comments

About Old City Coffee

Hey Banjo lovers! Old City Coffee is so pleased to join you in this online community. We are a Philadelphia-based coffee roasting company and cafe in operation since 1985. Our cafe on 221 Church Street in the Old City section of Philadelphia is the site of the SS Stewart Banjo Factory. We have always been proud…

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Added by Old City Coffee on August 27, 2012 at 21:15 — No Comments

Identifying Banjo Pieces from Tom Barriball's Collection

Hi All - Help required if at all possible -

"I am trying to identify Banjo Pieces, which have been digitised. It lasts 65 minutes, made on 18th February 1992 by Tom Barriball.
"I've identified some; on one side that I recognise Banjo pieces but name them. If anyone can try and identify them and the titles…
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Added by Tarry Barriball on August 21, 2012 at 20:21 — 2 Comments

1880's/1890's banjo sheet music "in da house"

I nicked a box full of crumbly old sheet music offa ebay a week or so ago. Paid about $0.80 ea with shipping. See attached list for the titles, etc.

All of this stuff is American, pre 1900 and in A notation. Amazingly, not many duplicates (whew!) for me. Sure, some obvious ones like Darkey's Awakening, On The Mill Dam, Queen of the Forest, etc. However, there are a couple of previously unknown publishers (two female!) and nearly the entire output of a previously unknown (to me) New…

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Added by Trapdoor2 on August 8, 2012 at 1:54 — 5 Comments

memory muscle functiion

the brain needs feeding as well as the stomach . my mother told me so .shee would suggest in the morning ,honey in bowl porridge with blueberrys chopped srawberrys bring to boil eat .then after multi vit & min omino cap omega 3 6 9  b com b 17 from apricot kernal take with malt .then a brisk walk while thinking how to tackle practice today .you should rattle a bit by now.but mums are always right .she was still playing the piano at 98 bless her .now where did i put that banjo

Added by Alan Sims on June 21, 2012 at 12:36 — 1 Comment

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