National Self Teacher for Banjo (With Finger Board Chart).

Dear Classic Banjo Friends,

I present to the interested public yet another banjo instruction book, the "National Self Teacher for Banjo" by Will D. Moyer.  1919 and 1924 are the dates on it.

While it is a below average instruction book, there is one point of interest.  It states that "strings may be either wire or gut- may be played with finger or pick."  The "wire" strings are likely for pick playing, but 1919 does follow the timeline when we start to see people using steel strings for regular banjo (Weidt being one of those).

Also interesting is that it is in A notation, stating that "the market is full of pieces published for this notation it is well worth the efforts of any banjo lover to master this style."

Some of you may enjoy "Green Corn" under the title of "Favorite Jig."  Some nice variations to add to that ever-present piece. 

Unlock history by learning to read in A notation!

https://archive.org/details/national-self-teacher-for-banjo-will-d-...

(As always, this is public domain. Feel free to use your property how you see fit.  Play the music, print copies and sell them at your newsstand, sell digital downloads to suckers on etsy and ebay, Photoshop your name on the cover and pretend that you wrote it, add a new introduction and pretend that entitles you to a new copyright, or ignore it entirely... IDK)

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Hi Joel, I've had a couple of the 'Peerless' banjos, they are very good, very high quality and I think, made by Abbott. I can photograph the CE banjo fingerboard chart in one piece if that's better for you.

Joel Hooks said:

Cool!  If you scan it in two halves I can assemble them together.

The Morley tutor chart clearly depicts a "Peerless" Concert Ordinary by John Alvey Turner. Complete with professional pattern tailpiece, correct inlay and a "Turner" marked bridge.  As if the cover photo, photos of Morley demonstrating positions, and back page ad were not enough to try and convince you to buy one.

 

Has anyone played a "Peerless"?  Are they any good.  I figure Morley was paid to hold it, or it was part of the deal.

Thanks Richard, flat scans (if not too much trouble) would be fine.  I can put them together with graphics software, cropping to match them up.

Black and white is best to cut out the back ground garbage. 

Of course, I'll take a photo as well if that is easier.

Hi Jody, Your wish etc.

Jody Stecher said:

You guys, I just *love* these minute details.  Keep em coming!  Great stuff!

Joel Hooks said:

Cool!  If you scan it in two halves I can assemble them together.

The Morley tutor chart clearly depicts a "Peerless" Concert Ordinary by John Alvey Turner. Complete with professional pattern tailpiece, correct inlay and a "Turner" marked bridge.  As if the cover photo, photos of Morley demonstrating positions, and back page ad were not enough to try and convince you to buy one.

 

Has anyone played a "Peerless"?  Are they any good.  I figure Morley was paid to hold it, or it was part of the deal.

Joel, as you requested

Jody Stecher said:

You guys, I just *love* these minute details.  Keep em coming!  Great stuff!

Joel Hooks said:

Cool!  If you scan it in two halves I can assemble them together.

The Morley tutor chart clearly depicts a "Peerless" Concert Ordinary by John Alvey Turner. Complete with professional pattern tailpiece, correct inlay and a "Turner" marked bridge.  As if the cover photo, photos of Morley demonstrating positions, and back page ad were not enough to try and convince you to buy one.

 

Has anyone played a "Peerless"?  Are they any good.  I figure Morley was paid to hold it, or it was part of the deal.


Nicely done, Joel. I find it amusing that the "SCALE" underneath is essentially a guide to convert tablature/notation.

Ray Jones sent me a 'colorized' version of it years and years ago.

Thank you very much for this discussion! I haven't laughed that hard since I read Billy Connolly´s book a year ago (reffering to the comments in the beginning) The images in my head was just to funny. There's a good German word for that: Kopfkino, roughly translating to "head cinema"

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