Thanks for accepting me, I am new to classic banjo, though I have listened o it for many years. I recently aquired a Windsor Popular in a very sorry state and set about restoring it. I am an Irish tenor banjo player as a rule, but getting hold of this historical 5 string has given me a chance to learn another style I love "Classic Style" When I came across this site via You Tube and "thereallyniceman" lessons on there I could not believe my luck. So here goes. I am starting off with The Sunflowerdance.   

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The first picture is of the three instruments that I was given the one on the right is the Windsor. The second picture is of the Windsor after restoration.

I have not been on the site much of late, but I am still working hard on the excercises and on Sunflower Dance, with  which I have the main verse of the tune fluent and the middle eight is slowly coming together, but the trio part I am finding a bit more tricky. I will post a video once I am reasonably happy with it.

Having spent a while playing Sunflower dance working from the tablature. I thought is was time I practiced reading the stave with the classic 5 string. Starting with the EeasyZ method book. I am now learning "WhirlpoolDance" a nice easy one to get used to the layout of the notes on the fretboard. Does anyone know where I can hear a recording of the tune anywhere? Either audio or video.

Here you go:   

WHIRLPOOL DANCE EZ Tutor

Thank You. Really appreciated.

Pardon me for asking but are you starting on this one or have you studied all of the exercises and pieces leading up to this one (and fully understand them)?

These "tutors" or "methods" only work if one takes them in order, paying particular attention to alternating right had fingering and proper left hand finger positions.

While there is nothing wrong with the "EZ Method" (written by Thomas Armstrong), I fully recommend "Mel Bay's Banjo Method- Concert Style" by Frank Bradbury (still in print, though used copies can be had for next to nothing).

The Bradbury method is well graded, clear, easy to understand, well fingered and positioned, and all around a great method.  It also gets you started on playing chord accompaniment 2nd banjo parts which is the most neglected aspect of classic banjo today.  With that he teaches you chord names (something all of the earlier books do not).

So pick up a copy of the Bradbury method and work from page one on.  I would also recommend supplementing that with the EZ Method (such as working all the similar exercises from both books in tandem).

See below for my quick cold read of the piece.

Whirlpool%20Dance.mp3

Thank you for the tip. I will look into getting a copy. I am actually an giging Irish tenor banjo player. Classic style is some thing I do as a break from rehearsals and practicing the tenor. It is a great challenge and I appreciate all the help and advice offered.

Joel Hooks said:

Pardon me for asking but are you starting on this one or have you studied all of the exercises and pieces leading up to this one (and fully understand them)?

These "tutors" or "methods" only work if one takes them in order, paying particular attention to alternating right had fingering and proper left hand finger positions.

While there is nothing wrong with the "EZ Method" (written by Thomas Armstrong), I fully recommend "Mel Bay's Banjo Method- Concert Style" by Frank Bradbury (still in print, though used copies can be had for next to nothing).

The Bradbury method is well graded, clear, easy to understand, well fingered and positioned, and all around a great method.  It also gets you started on playing chord accompaniment 2nd banjo parts which is the most neglected aspect of classic banjo today.  With that he teaches you chord names (something all of the earlier books do not).

So pick up a copy of the Bradbury method and work from page one on.  I would also recommend supplementing that with the EZ Method (such as working all the similar exercises from both books in tandem).

See below for my quick cold read of the piece.

Whirlpool%20Dance.mp3

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