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Torn between instruments
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About five years ago I bought a mandolin Kept up the practice and we got on fine together.Learned some swing and jazzy things .Then three years ago brother in law gave me a kay banjo said if I could…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Apr 16, 2014.

Ethelbert Nevin
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does anybody have the dots or tab to Narsissus .I would like to give it try . cheersContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Mar 2, 2014.

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I have just refurbished ce  special .Stripped her down cleaned  and sanded scraped some small indents on fret board  ,I think maybe shrinkage . Sprayed neck and side. ,and I am very pleased with…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alan Sims Feb 5, 2014.

my music life
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I have just retired from band life at 71 .my last gig was new years eve , so if anybody wants a job as singer guitarist in the misfits let me know .I must say there has never been anything better in…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by julian egan Jan 22, 2013.


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At 18:25 on October 18, 2011, thereallyniceman said…

Welcome Alan, I hope that you find what you are looking for on our site. We have everything from Lessons and discussions to excellent videos from talented Classic Style players. Help and advice is always offered.



At 18:39 on November 9, 2011, Alan Sims said…

hi Ian thanks for your help Ive got where i can freeze frame your exercises and practice .after a few years playing guitar Ive just checked the hight of my fingers from the strings  I found  first three fingers close but pinky flapping around abit so Ive been playing four chromatic notes up and four down then across fretboard & back while keeping eye on pinky seems to be working  kind regards ALAN

At 20:13 on November 9, 2011, thereallyniceman said…

I am pleased that you sorted it out, Alan.  Any help you need, please just ask. There are plenty of people who will help any way they can. Look out for the fourth finger strengthening exercise that I demonstrate to strengthen and improve the little finger. The "flying Pinky" is a curse to me too!

Classic Style if tough to learn initially, but keep practising because the rewards are great!!

At 10:13 on February 10, 2012, thereallyniceman said…

Thank you Alan, It is good to see that our efforts are appreciated. The ChipIn box has been removed as we reached the set limit, but any donations will all go towards enhancing the site for the future.  I have sent you a private email. Let me know if you have any other suggestions for things that you would find useful on here.


At 15:29 on February 10, 2012, Trapdoor2 said…

Hi Alan,

Glad you're enjoying "Cannon Jig", I do need to make some more vids.

Unfortunately, I've been 'off' (having dental problems) for a week or so and just haven't been playing much. "The Scorcher" is on my "learn" list...but probably not anytime soon!

At 16:42 on February 11, 2012, Mike Moss said…

Hi Alan, thank you for the kind comments. The member who plays Chet Atkins tunes is Michael Neverisky (aka Frosty Morn) who is an excellent banjo and guitar player -- I only wish I could play like that!

All the best,


At 19:56 on April 13, 2012, Sylvia said…

Hi Alan, I'm very pleased to have you as a friend on Classic .I havn't been playing very long and I am a bit of a coward, I like to do the easier pieces and if a piece has tab and notation I always go for the tab. But having said that I think I can say I'm a bit addicted to the banjo as I tend to pick it up whenever I can, even when I should be doing other things.  All the Best  Sylvia.

At 19:37 on April 28, 2012, Mike Moss said…

Hi Alan,

I got your e-mail and have downloaded your tabs. I'll send you the digital versions as soon as possible.



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cammeyer zither banjo

I have a second grade cammeyer zither banjo .does anybody know how the brass knob on the back is fixed ,as i want to repair veneer.thank you . Alan

Posted on October 31, 2012 at 16:29 — 2 Comments

memory muscle functiion

the brain needs feeding as well as the stomach . my mother told me so .shee would suggest in the morning ,honey in bowl porridge with blueberrys chopped srawberrys bring to boil eat .then after multi vit & min omino cap omega 3 6 9  b com b 17 from apricot kernal take with malt .then a brisk walk while thinking how to tackle practice today .you should rattle a bit by now.but mums are always right .she was still playing the piano at 98 bless her .now where did i put that banjo

Posted on June 21, 2012 at 12:36 — 1 Comment


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