Hi Marc !
Good to know you're in this web bjo group!
My friends Marc D. and Ray J. told me about it.
I was not dead but very busy and moved to another country, i've time now for sharing goodle bjo music on the web again, i had some news from you here and there. I've many clips to put on this site, but a little time to do that, i will try to put some next weeks.
Thanks for pointing that out Marc, I enjoyed listening to it. May I add my congrats to Gavin on his rendition. Beautifully done, and with picks if I'm not mistaken. This puts you up there with the best of 'em Gavin. Keep at it.
Hi Trapdoor. I've only got a couple of tunes in my Classic repetoire so far. I play bluegrass and clawhammer but I've discovered a beautiful song called Colorado Buck Dance which i'm learning currently. Classic style really opens up the fretboard doesn't it. Should i be using 3 fingers as in scuggs style or 2 fingers like in clawhammer .at the moment i'm playing bare fingers as in clawhammer.Is it personel choice how you approach classic playing. I watched your posted vids and i love your playing.
Thanks for your message Trapdoor, I love "Colorado Buck Dance" and i am almost at the point of playing it smoothly. When I've mastered it i'll post a video of me playing it. I'm also experimenting with a couple of other tunes. One is an 18th Century African tune called "Pompey Ran Away". Its very simple but just a lovely tune. You probably know it. Its a clawhammer version and a song called "Juba" which is a minstrel piece. I also like "Banjoisticus" which i love but haven't properly looked at yet. It reminds me of Scott Joplin's "Entertainer"a bit. I think classic banjo is the best stlye i've so far come across. Are a lot of Classic pieces in drop -C tuning ? I think Classic Style will really help teach me the fretboard and my scales which i need to learn more of. I need to get use to playing up the neck more. I'd like to carry on with Scruggs & Clawhammer but really get into Classic. What are your views on single string banjo. when i started playing banjo about 2 years ago i had a few lessons in scuggs style but my teacher moved on and we lost touch. Since them I'm self taught from books and lessons on U Tube and the like. Do you think I'd benefit from more lessons now to help me up to the "next level". Sorry to bombard you with so many questions but there's so much to know.
Best Wishes David.
Hi Trapdoor, Thanks for your great advice. I'm really grateful. I'm really thrilled to have joined this site and feel priviliged to be interacting with real banjo pros such as yourself. I feel inspired and really want to get into Classic Banjo. Over the last couple of years i've persisted with my playing and its paid off. To me it's a journey and i'm in no rush. I'll just carry on learning and having fun as i go.
Calm down mate, you'll have a siezure if you are not careful. You may be surprised to learn that there could have been as many as 5 or 6 blokes named Ernest Jones living in Wales at the time, and a few Ernest Smith's as well, I shouldn't wonder.
Ah then, Marc Smith it shall be! Tunes are: Tubaphone Rag, Fun on the Wabash, Shfuffle Along, Mayfair Nights, Eli Green's Cakewalk, Mississippi Breakdowns, Palladium Rag, Thumbs Up, Tattoo, Darktown Dandies, Queen of the Burlesque, Horace Weston's Celebrated Minor Jig, Banjotown (Niggertown), The Banshee, and Egyptian Princess. All accompanied by Mitch Nelin on Mando-cello, and John McGann on Mandolin on a couple of the tunes. $15 bucks gets it to your door....