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Banjos in England 63 Replies

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Zither Banjo Production Origins 3 Replies

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Is there anybody there? 27 Replies

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Calfskin heads UK 4 Replies

Started by carrie horgan in Classic Banjo. Last reply by carrie horgan Sep 29.

Dimples..1905..George L. Cobb

Started by Steve Harrison in Classic Banjo Sep 27.

A Coon Band Contest..1899..Arthur Willard Pryor 6 Replies

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My Adventuresome Banjo, Cammeyer 4 Replies

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Vance Lowry and the classic banjo? 86 Replies

Started by RitonMousquetaire in Classic Banjo. Last reply by Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist Sep 14.

The "Trixie Dixie"..1907..John R. Smith.

Started by Steve Harrison in Classic Banjo Sep 13.

Notes and directions in sheet music... 10 Replies

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Steve's Cigar Box Banjo! 2 Replies

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Fred and George Van Eps: profiles in jazz

Fred and George Van Eps are featured in September issue of The Syncopated Times - it's well worth subscribing to The Syncopated Times if you are interested in early jazz and ragtime: https://syncopatedtimes.com/fred-and-george-van-eps-profiles-in-jazz/

Posted by carrie horgan on September 1, 2021 at 17:19 — 5 Comments

Olly Oakley plays Gallopade

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jvs_pEnVevQ

Amazing skills - haven't heard this one before, I think this a Cammeyer tune.

Posted by carrie horgan on July 14, 2021 at 7:22 — 2 Comments

 

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UNFORTUNATELY WE, AGAIN, ARE SUFFERING FROM A SITE CRASH CAUSED BY CHANGES MADE BY OUR WEBSITE HOST, NING.COM.SORRY, BUT I…See More
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Mike Bostock replied to Michael Wright's discussion Banjos in England
"That's nicely circular with the earlier mention of the 1852 tutor!"
yesterday
nick langton replied to Michael Wright's discussion Banjos in England
"When the photo was taken Mackney was apparently making regular appearances as one of a company of vocalists at the Canterbury Hall in Westminster, accompanied by Cecil Hicks on the pianoforte. "
yesterday
Mike Bostock replied to Michael Wright's discussion Banjos in England
"One and the same. Here he is in 1857 without his black-face minstrel persona."
yesterday
Aaron Jonah Lewis and DHardwick are now friends
yesterday
Joel Hooks replied to Michael Wright's discussion Banjos in England
"This Mackney?"
yesterday
Mike Bostock replied to Michael Wright's discussion Banjos in England
"There are examples combinations of method within some English banjo texts: stroke style and finger style instruction; A and E tunings recommended for fingerstyle playing; 5, 6, and 7-string technique. An individual such as Mackney  who was…"
yesterday
Mike Bostock replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Zither Banjo Production Origins
"Not really my era but I have these print references to Tilley's zither banjo from The Yarmouth Independent 14 Jun1890 and Reading Observer, 13 Dec 1890. The zither banjo lessons offered in West London in 1892 are not the first, but include the…"
Wednesday
Joel Hooks replied to Michael Wright's discussion Banjos in England
"In J.E. Brewster's "Banjoist", 1885, Brewster advertises his "American Banjo Studio" along side of the medals he won for over-stamping Stewart banjos that he claimed were build by J. E. Dallas (and which Brewster did not pay…"
Wednesday
Mike Bostock and IAN SALTER are now friends
Wednesday
Joel Hooks replied to Michael Wright's discussion Banjos in England
"Because there was a specific reference to using a thimble for a roll in a book being claimed that it is exclusively finger style. That was one of two books that were photocopies sent to me for scanning, the other was the Morley Tutor (but not Joe).…"
Wednesday
Mike Bostock replied to Michael Wright's discussion Banjos in England
"The Dobigny tutor contains another interesting reference. The fingerboard chart on page 10 below makes specific reference in gCGBD tuning to playing the high G on the 1st string rather than on the drone string. Most earlier English finger style…"
Wednesday
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The Kentucky Beauty..1904..Albert Gumble & Monroe H. Rosenfeld.

This an excellent example of rag time written by two of the luminaries of rag time and early popular music. It's one of my current favourites and is well worth a listen and play.  It suits the banjo very well and is not too challenging to play...The…See More
Wednesday
Mike Bostock replied to Michael Wright's discussion Banjos in England
"...where no evidence for voluntary distinction exists one would expect there to be little or no differentiation in activity. Where evidence for voluntary distinction does exist one would expect that it was a precursor for some degree of…"
Wednesday
Mike Bostock replied to Michael Wright's discussion Banjos in England
"Joel, as described below the Dobigny tutor instructs a straightforward finger style: "The right hand should be lowered to the vicinity of the bridge; the little finger (straightened) should rest upon the vellum, about half an inch from the…"
Wednesday
Joel Hooks replied to Michael Wright's discussion Banjos in England
"Dobigny's method, page 6, "roll indicates that the thimble be passed across the strings from 4th to last."  That said, I did not find another reference to stroke style or even the use of "roll" in the rest of the book."
Wednesday
Mike Bostock replied to thereallynicelady's discussion Is there anybody there?
"Hello, I’ve been signed up here for years but have mostly read rather than post. Passionate about banjo and interested in the history of the early banjo, but not a classic banjo player myself. Though I enjoy listening to those who are. My…"
Tuesday
Jody Stecher replied to Michael Wright's discussion Banjos in England
"Here at the Ning classic banjo site there has been the occasional kerfuffle but not too often. There are people in the USA who can't stand the idea that the world is not as they imagine it to be.  The reality of the African origin of the…"
Tuesday
Mike Bostock replied to Michael Wright's discussion Banjos in England
"Here is a rather unusual reference to 'English Method' incorporated within a (finger style) tutor book itself: A. Dobigny (Ed), Evans & Co. Ltd, London 1880. The majority of 19th century references to 'English' or…"
Tuesday
Mike Bostock replied to Michael Wright's discussion Banjos in England
"I think most genuinely interested banjo folks are on the same page and as you say, want to know more about what happened back in the early banjo days. An effort to research and hopefully more fully understand shouldn't be a reason for anyone to…"
Tuesday
 
 
 

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