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This is a Classic Banjo standard. It was widely recorded by the professional players and was popular with amateur ensembles of all types. Most Brits of my ag...
Ahhh, good Ole Whistlin' Rufus.
When I was learning to play I played this piece over and over and over and..... until the neighbours knew it perfectly.
I miss all of them, but they all moved away soon after I took up the banjo. Pity really, as I know that they enjoyed listening to me play. ;-)
If you would like to try this Classic of Classic Banjo, I recorded a lesson for the first section here:
WHISTING RUFUS 1ST SECTION
and really must get round to recording the rest, that is if anyone wants to see my way to play it!
Somehow I don't associate the tarboosh with the Cakewalks of the Deep South.. but what do I know?? ;-))
Now that really is Whistling Rufez!!
Ray, you hit the Nile on the head.
All this jollity :-) But behind it lies Tony's great talent.
Tony, how long have you been playing? You said that you were taught by Alf Wood, I don't know much about him, apart from seeing his name in old BMG mags. Where did he learn to play... any history that you would like to share??
I think that it would be more likely to be Alf Lane, unless Tony is a lot older then we think that he is. One thing that I remember about Alf Lane is that he worked at the Metropolitan Music Hall and met Mays and Hunter there. He said that M&H often played for the staff, very impressive stuff, artificial harmonics etc. The pit orchestra challenged Hunter to play their instruments, which he did, all note perfect.
Yes Richard, my mistake! Alf Lane. My memory is not what it was :-)
@Ray Jones: Whistling Rufez ? .... groan ;-)
As my wife keeps telling me 'the old ones are the best'...and she wasn't referring just to the music! We must all keep going and show some of these younguns how the banjo should be played. A great rendition of an all time favourite...Steve.
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