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Banjos in England
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Hello.  New member from Philadelphia in the US.  I've written numerous books of guitar history, am a columnist for Vintage Guitar Magazine, and am a presenter at the annual Banjo Gathering.  If you…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by carrie horgan Dec 11, 2021.

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carrie horgan replied to Michael Wright's discussion Banjos in England
"Great stuff, Marc - I have Musescore but have only mastered basic inputting so far....."
Dec 11, 2021
Trapdoor2 replied to Michael Wright's discussion Banjos in England
"Yes, note for note. The "banjo sound" is just what's in Musescore. I would never play it at the listed speed...vivace is so fast (and I knocked it down a bit). I had a bit of trouble with the grace notes as there are three different…"
Dec 11, 2021
carrie horgan replied to Michael Wright's discussion Banjos in England
"Hey Marc you've done a good job with creating the score on musescore with all those effects - the mp3 sounds almost Christmassy with the chiming sounds.  Did you have to put it all in note-by-note?  I sometimes use a phone app called…"
Dec 11, 2021
Trapdoor2 replied to Michael Wright's discussion Banjos in England
"Here's an mp3 of "Polka Erratica". I got most of the dynamics right (and even found something for the Etoufee). Sadly, musescore doesn't have a "hurah! sound... Polka%20Erratica.mp3"
Dec 9, 2021
Trapdoor2 replied to Michael Wright's discussion Banjos in England
"Yes, I found a source that says to damp the strings with the same fingers that played it. Frankly, I prefer Crawfish Étouffée. The meaning is the same (smothered) but the application is a tad different..."
Dec 9, 2021
Joel Hooks replied to Michael Wright's discussion Banjos in England
"Thanks Carrie!  I like that you shout "hurah" after striking chords with your nails but I am not sure what "Etouffe" means.  I am guessing it means to mute the strings after playing with the right hand."
Dec 9, 2021
carrie horgan replied to Michael Wright's discussion Banjos in England
"It definitely fits within the 'novelty solo' category!  Here is the sheet music:polka%20erratica%20sheet%20music.jpg"
Dec 8, 2021
Joel Hooks replied to Michael Wright's discussion Banjos in England
"With Nick's post I think we can conclusively say that A. P. Sharpe made an error and all who have quoted him on Brewster and Dallas are echoing misinformation.  We keep finding, again and again, that things written about the banjo post…"
Dec 8, 2021
nick langton replied to Michael Wright's discussion Banjos in England
"In Brewster v Dallas 1888,  Brewster said that when he first met Dallas, about five years prior to 1887, he was a journeyman coachbuilder (supported by an 1881 census entry in Little Queen Street). An article from The Era 1888 ‘Brewster…"
Dec 8, 2021
Joel Hooks replied to Michael Wright's discussion Banjos in England
"More on J. E. Brewster. In 1888 William Temlett published his knockoff version of S. S. Stewarts book "The Banjo". On page 27 Temlett wrote on Brewster "Mr. Brewster is one of the lights of the Banjo World, is a genuine American…"
Dec 8, 2021
Michael Wright replied to Michael Wright's discussion Banjos in England
"As much as I hate Wikipedia, check this out re. Pierrots: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concert_party_(entertainment)"
Dec 8, 2021
Joel Hooks replied to Michael Wright's discussion Banjos in England
"Hi Carrie, is Polka Erratica as exciting as the title sounds?"
Dec 7, 2021
Joel Hooks replied to Michael Wright's discussion Banjos in England
"But nothing mentioned about Brewster or Dallas that I could find.  If you could be so kind as to tell me what page they write about Brewster then I can check their footnotes and references. A lot has changed since 1994, mainly people like Ian…"
Dec 7, 2021
Michael Wright replied to Michael Wright's discussion Banjos in England
"This last link is the Winans/Kaufman article mentioned earlier.  It's 1994 but well documented and both authors are well respected."
Dec 7, 2021
carrie horgan replied to Michael Wright's discussion Banjos in England
"I also found this in my internet favourites: http://grimshaworigin.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/WinansAndKaufman1994.pdf It wouldn't surprise me if the popularity of the Pierrot performers had something to do with it being seeing as a…"
Dec 7, 2021
Joel Hooks replied to Michael Wright's discussion Banjos in England
"Yep, it was published in A. P. Sharpe's articles on banjo makers September 1971 for Brewster and October 1971 for Dallas. While good for the time, Sharpe's articles are filled with problems and are not reliable alone. "
Dec 7, 2021

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