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.
"OH! "Not that he was playing with his fingers" as a stand-alone clause meant that "classic" signified his excellence rather than his technique, and it didn't mean that he was not playing with his fingers, which is what…"
"What a good and thorough response, Joel. I have a question and a comment.
Question: if Huntley was not using fingers did he wear thimbles on his toes or what?
Comment: don't forget that the traditional folk players also had been playing in…"
""Classic banjo" in the context that we use it today-- to refer specifically to bare fingers on gut/silk/nylon strings playing in the popular 5 string banjo music style of +/- 1860 to 1930 is a development of the 1970s (as best as I can…"
Hello all,I took a break from writing for a period but am back again working on Wikipedia articles. I just created a new article about William A. Huntley and expanded the pre-existing article about John H. Lee. I envision, after creating enough biographies, in taking on a classic-banjo history article.I…See More
"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…"