I thought to introduce myself, since I have been hanging around and reading. I’m Jack, from Wyoming, new to the banjo, but already enjoying it. After playing mandolin for several years, fourths and…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Apr 2.
"Being an ear player or being a note reader is not a choice for a note reader. One may be both. A non-reader may play well without reading but a reader cannot play well without listening.
A musician can be at once an ear player and…"
"Joel is of course correct about ear playing. I wasnt thinking of the ear learning courses offered by Dobson et al. I was thinking more in line with modern ear playing like one finds in the old-time community. My point was that from the earliest days…"
"well, looks like I got it wrong, was there some other famous player I may be thinking of ? I am sure I read somewhere that one of the "greats" played exclusively by ear, unless this sheer boredom period is making me crazy and, that is…"
"Just reread Ossman’s interview. He had over 200 arrangements complete with orchestra accompaniment written out to sell to Clifford Essex. He also mentions the importance of studying scales and how he has studied harmony.
I would be interested…"
"The mandolin hit big in the 1880s. It is a funny story of mistaken identity. I am not an expert but the story is easy to find. It all began with the touring act of the Spanish Students. Prior to the early 1880s the mandolin was…"
I think there may be a difference of opinion between sources, especially as the the term "classical." However, I am going to prefer this group's input as preferable (seeing, for instance, connection to the American Banjo…"
"I just went over your classic banjo section and there are still a lot of inaccuracies:
Stroke style banjo was taught in many tutors, not just the Briggs tutor. You call it "minstrel style" but "stroke style" or "banjo…"
"I appreciate the information. I will start mining it.
I’ve been trying to wrap my head around A Notation. What you say about leaving a culture’s language rings true. Stewart helped me a little in his “Banjo. A Dissertation,”…"