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Arranging Music from Piano to Banjo 8 Replies

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Jolly Darkies..1900..William Burdette Morrison 8 Replies

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Banjo strings 18 Replies

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More compositions from the late John Willis. 1 Reply

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Joe Morley at his best. Superb video! 5 Replies

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Big Foot Lou...1898...Joseph Gearen

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The Ragtime Goblin Man..1912..Harry Von Tilzer.

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Under The Double Eagle..1893..J.F.Wagner. 8 Replies

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Oh! You Devil...1909..Ford T. Dabney

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Sheet music storage... 6 Replies

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Pickled Beets Rag..1909..Edward Emery Kuhn.

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Nightingale Rag..1914..Lester Sill

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Here is a good quality Vess Ossman recording for us all to admire! 1 Reply

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Sweet Pickles (1907)..Theron C. Bennett

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Cool Title Sheet for Under The Double Eagle 8 Replies

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Ragtime Chimes..1910..Percy Wenrich

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The White Wash Man..(1908)...Jean Schwartz 4 Replies

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Lonesome Mama Blues - Fred van eps

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This is just one of my favorites of Fred Van Eps. Something about this song just speaks to me. Is there a score of his playing from this recording?

Posted by Byron Thomas on December 21, 2020 at 18:00 — 2 Comments

7 String banjo sheet music

I've been playing around with a 7 string banjo for about 6 months now and I'm am now looking for some 7 string sheet music. I'm currently working through what is available for the scan of  Ellis' Thorough School for the 6 or 7 String Banjo which is missing pages but is still a pretty solid Tutor. I already found posting with The Devil Still Pursues Her and Horace Weston's Grand March which are both great pieces if anyone ever wants to tackle them on the 7. Grand March is looking to be a…

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Byron Thomas replied to Jim Abrams's discussion Arranging Music from Piano to Banjo
"If you want to understand the harmony part for your transposition, I suggest reading Complete School Of Harmony for the Banjo by William A. Huntley. I've been told that what he wrote had already been done in the classical era of piano but he…"
2 hours ago
Joel Hooks replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Jolly Darkies..1900..William Burdette Morrison
"Alex Magee's recording is in the "original recordings" on this site.  I believe Ossman recorded it commercially but I have not seen a copy."
2 hours ago
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Jolly Darkies..1900..William Burdette Morrison
"And... I found yet another piece titled "Jolly Darkies", by Karl Bechter. Nope, not the same as the other two. Could easily be arranged for banjo... Here's an mp3."
4 hours ago
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Jolly Darkies..1900..William Burdette Morrison
"Here's the mp3 of FVE's arrangement."
6 hours ago
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Jolly Darkies..1900..William Burdette Morrison
"Ok, now I've looked deeper. Yup, different tune from the Morrison piece. The FVE/B&D version is simply a "straightened out and FVE-'tripletized' " version of the dotty B&D version. Since the B&D version says it…"
21 hours ago
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Jolly Darkies..1900..William Burdette Morrison
"I didn't actually look hard at the music so, mea culpa...I assumed they were the same piece."
23 hours ago
Joel Hooks replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Jolly Darkies..1900..William Burdette Morrison
"I'll have to disagree Marc, while they share a title, they are very different pieces.  Van Eps... https://archive.org/details/vanepsbanjosolos/page/n27/mode/2up I think the spaced out version is from Clifford Essex and follows the B&D…"
yesterday
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Jolly Darkies..1900..William Burdette Morrison
"Thanks Marc, I'll have a look at the B&D version, you can't have too many arrangements of a good tune..Steve."
yesterday
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Jolly Darkeys..1900..William Burdette Morrison
"This was published (1892) in A notation and tab by Brooks and Denton's "Banjo Collection #1", one of the very first classic-era books I ever saw/purchased. The tab is rudimentary but a big leap forward from Dobson's and…"
yesterday
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Jolly Darkeys..1900..William Burdette Morrison

This is a good example of an early cake walk, it makes a very playable banjo solo and is another of those 'could have been written for banjo' tunes. Morrison published around 30 pieces of his self penned music but he was also known for the arranging…See More
yesterday
Tracy-Ann Grosvenor replied to Jim Abrams's discussion Arranging Music from Piano to Banjo
"Hi David, I had banjo lessons from David and I have just started to play again. "
Wednesday
Tracy-Ann Grosvenor and Steve Harrison are now friends
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Jody Stecher replied to Randy Cabral's discussion Banjo strings
"Use of your excellent thimbles *does* change the feel as well as the tone, usually for the better. Let me do an experiment and right now try playing clawhammer on a banjo strung with LaBella 17s with and without thimble. I have never used this banjo…"
Tuesday
Randy Cabral replied to Randy Cabral's discussion Banjo strings
"I have a few of your banjo thimbles, Joel. And I love using them on steel strings. :)"
Tuesday
Joel Hooks replied to Randy Cabral's discussion Banjo strings
"Perhaps all the problems would be solved by using a banjo thimble ;-)"
Tuesday
nick stephens replied to Randy Cabral's discussion Banjo strings
"No torture here Joel, I am just trying to get the best sound and feel that I can be comfortable with, I took onboard your good information re; string gauges and, it was good information which I appreciated very much, they do feel a bit floppy and…"
Tuesday
Joel Hooks replied to Randy Cabral's discussion Banjo strings
"While it is true that S. S. Stewart recommended larger banjos (and lower bridges) for stroke style playing... https://archive.org/details/completeamerican01stew/page/n67/mode/1up https://archive.org/details/sss-catalog/page/15/mode/1up He also…"
Tuesday
nick stephens replied to Randy Cabral's discussion Banjo strings
"well, I guess it is time for experimentation again, I have tried Labella's for almost a year and still find them wanting ! my banjo is 261/2" perhaps therein lies my problem , time to look around for heavier gauges methinks."
Tuesday
Jody Stecher replied to Randy Cabral's discussion Banjo strings
"As others are pointing out, the La Bella light gauges don't "fight back" when picking down. They are excellent for up-picking. Remember that in the stroke era the length from nut to bridge was considerably longer than the usual 25 to…"
Tuesday
Trapdoor2 replied to Randy Cabral's discussion Banjo strings
"I have never really fit anyone's idea of what I should or should-not do. I've played the banjo (many styles) for over 40 yrs. I respect all the research and knowledge I've found here (and elsewhere)...but I trust myself to evaluate…"
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