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!
Thank you for your welcome. Initially what I really want to know is what banjo I have - see my photos. After that, if you can turn me into a competant banjo player, I will be very impressed and very gratefull!
Hello again Ian.
I am in the UK - located in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. Where are you located?
To be totally honest with you I am not really keen to learn to play but would like to sell the instrument.
I hope that by admitting to be a seller and not a potential player it does not mean I'm not allowed on your forum.
Back to the banjo
As I said the number 3813 is stamped on the wood frame on the inside. The resonatoe came off easily - there was no nut or screw.
My other half has measured across the centre (not easy to decide where the exact centre is!). She recons 31.9 centimeters or 12.5 inches
Thank you Ian, As I had mentioned I am new to banjo had some exposure at a younger age but was not able to continue. So starting over now, I have a deering intermediate 5 string. starting bluegrass & claw-hammer ext. Then I was looking at deering website and saw a video of Rob McKillop playing a deering 5 string Plectrum style, I think it was lazy rhythm by Bert Bassett. I didn't know you could play a 5 string like that, I have a lot to learn. it was beautiful and I am hooked! I know of Irish banjo but not Scottish banjo, Anyway can you tell me the tuning for a 5string to be played in this manner? and in classic banjo fingerpicking do you use 3 fingers & the thumb? Any thing you can tell me would be most helpful! Thank you, Gary
Thanks, Ian. You can call me anything you like. I get called all sorts of things when I play. I'm third generation bad banjoist -- my father and grandfather annoyed people with music as well.
I just received my first zither banjo today (two weeks ago, I didn't know there was such a thing). It needs a little tender loving care (and identification -- I haven't find one like it online so far).
I'm finding the layout of Ning a little confusing. Are there sections for various topics, or do we all just prattle in our own blog section and hope for responses?
Thank you Ian, I look forward to your beginners section and will continue to check in as I have in the last few weeks. I do have loads of questions which maybe best kept and asked in the beginners section but I must say how much I have enjoyed the video contrabutions and am amazed that somehow I have only learned of this wonderful style of banjo playing in the last few weeks on this forum. My only newbie question would be at this point is what is the minimum kit requirements to start to play classic banjo?