I'm in the market for a banjo with at least 24 or 25 frets. I've noticed fretboards extensions are usually only on professional instruments, with a few exceptions, which makes a lot of sense somewhat. I find if I had an…
"I enjoyed the search Shawn, I'd not come across Durandeau before but I'd certainly heard some of his music. Like Joel, I'm not too interested in 'The New Gaiety', Morley wrote one or two things in a similar vein in the…"
"Richard, thanks for following up and posting the score cover.
M. Witmark & Sons, one of America's largest publishers of popular music at the time, also published Ossman's "New Gaiety" banjo arrangement in 1895 (for…"
"I just thought that FVE would know best as he was alive at the time when the piece was popular. I don't know who composed it but both Durandeau and Laurendeau seem to be likely candidates unless it was written post 1893, in which year Durandeau…"
"Richard, does the FVE ms. have it right?
Laurendeau sounds similar to Durandeau, but the former's first name was Louis-Philippe, while the published Ossman solo and piano acc. both cite as composer a Durandeau with first initials…"
"Thanks Shawn! I had suspected that it was in A notation and was surprised to see it in an English publication. The theory of the publisher not knowing better does make sense.
I have thoroughly flogged the subject of A and C notations (as well…"
"Thanks Satoshi and Ian for posting these publications.
Joel, below are the first couple of measures of the piano accompaniment to Ossman's "New Gaiety" arrangement. The piano score is in F, so it looks like the key of D banjo solo in…"
"I have not. I'm certain they wouldn't have the same tone and play ability as regular banjos with an extended fretboard. Another thing is the quality of the build. Most of the banjos are like our professional models. I can't find one…"
This is an example of classic ragtime from Oleman, it follows the standard ragtime formula but is none the less a good tune that works well on banjo. I've added my usual annotation which is the way that I play it but it's very much open to personal…See More
"LOL. While it might be for a 6 or 7 string, the tunings I know of for those don't go below G. gCDGBD or gGCDGBD. Easy enough to tune the 7-string down to get that A but...
It appears to have no other notes that drop below D. I can't…"