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 John Cohen on Wednesday.
I have a lot of info I can share but am pressed for time at the moment (I'm in graduate school and have exams). I do want to say that the waltzes, marches, Schottisches, and polkas that you referred to as classical music were not -…"
I am very interested in what you know. I found contradictory dates everywhere I looked online and in print. I am basing most of my dates and timeframes off of newspaper articles, census records, patents, and city directories. I know there…"
"Hi Joel, sorry it took so long to write after your post. I got busy with family and needed to think.
First, Thank you! It has been extremely rare for me to receive any feedback about articles I've written. I decided it was time to apply the…"
"Hi Jack, I just read the Bacon Wiki. I'm not sure how I feel-- it is extremely abridged. You don't even scratch the surface on his compositions. You don't mention his instruction books (in their various…"
"I really appreciate your advice on the strings and the link to the bridges. Looking at the music, I think I’m aiming at music that requires the C string. When I picked up the banjo, I really hadn’t realized the number of ways it could be…"
"Totally depends on your perspective and where you wish to go in this genre.
The music doesn't care and neither does the instrument. Steel strings were not the norm during this period of banjo playing, so here on Classic Banjo, we prefer to use…"
"Thank you. I was beginning to wonder about the necessity for a different tuning as I looked through music. So, here’s dumb question: what should I look for in strings? I have an easy-to-play, cheap banjo (Oscar Schmidt…"
Rhiannon is a great player, most of what I've seen her play is from the Minstrel Era (1850's-1870s)...and is in a style called "Stroke Style". Very different than fingerpicking...and a lot of fun.
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 thirds are something my brain is slowly getting used to. I’m alternating between bare fingers and a flatpick, as I get used to my instrument. I will probably pursue the bluegrass style in the long-run, but after listening to Fred J. Bacon, I’m intrigued with the idea of the banjo as a more…See More