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My first banjo concert
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Hi all,I just want to give a short report from my first banjo recital that I had today. Since the restrictions due to corona is easying up a bit here in Germany, an instruments museum, concert…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by nick stephens May 27.

One more!
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I dont't know what's going on in Germany at the moment. Zitherbanjos popping up all the time. Most probably everybody knows that because of corona, I'm out of money (all gigs cancelled) so I can't…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pär Engstrand Apr 19.

Two banjos in Germany
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Hi all,there's two interessting banjos for sale in Germany.First there's a "Concert 981". It doesn't say a maker. Anyone know anything about these?…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Apr 11.

Bridges
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Hi all,it's been a weekend of trying out different bridges.Here's some pictures:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Mar 9.

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nick stephens replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion My first banjo concert
"I guess I am fortunate in getting most of those things whilst being paid for my performances then .  no audience wishes to see you fail, they are on your side ! Yes, that is the key to it all, even though it's "only" 99% true.…"
May 27
Jody Stecher replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion My first banjo concert
"There are many purposes. One is to win prize money, often much needed. Sometimes the prize is an instrument, often of good quality. Another purpose is to meet with old and new musical friends and make informal music offstage. Another is to promote…"
May 27
nick stephens replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion My first banjo concert
"Jody, I have never entered a contest for musicians, I do not actually understand their purpose, what are contestants trying to prove ? to whom ? it seems a bit like they are seeking approval from their fellows ??? in my world the proof of the…"
May 27
Jody Stecher replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion My first banjo concert
" no audience wishes to see you fail, they are on your side ! Yes, that is the key to it all, even though it's "only" 99% true.  It also explains the difference in atmosphere at contest compared to at a concert.…"
May 27
nick stephens replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion My first banjo concert
"before this virus I regularly played at least 250 gigs every year solo ! make sure you are confident to play the tunes you have chosen, practice, practice and then, practice them again ! When you have done that you will feel confident walking onto…"
May 27
Pär Engstrand replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion My first banjo concert
"I sure did learn a valuable lesson! I'm looking in to easier pieces now, to build up a better playing base and repertoar, instead of focusing on virtuoso stuff that I may or may not be able to play in a few years. I will still practise more…"
May 25
Richard William Ineson replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion My first banjo concert
"Playing in public gets easier the more you do it, you were brave to play solo, and have learned a valuable lesson. Stage fright affects most people at some time so you're in good company, I don't know whether or not I can still do it as…"
May 25
Pär Engstrand replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion My first banjo concert
"here's a couple of more photos, from a semi professional photografer who was attending."
May 25
Pär Engstrand replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion My first banjo concert
"yes, it probably is the only way: to get used to the situation.  I guess no matter how much one practises at home, playing on stage will always be different."
May 25
marc dalmasso replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion My first banjo concert
"Congrats to do : it 's the only way to go ahead  & progress i started to play CB  all alone  , then with my son , 8 years old playing  a kind of washboard and 2nd banjo next year  , he played 2nd banjo and 1st on…"
May 25
Pär Engstrand replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion My first banjo concert
"Haha! "Classic banjo ning Ambassador for Germany"! My mother will be so proud! Does it come with benefits? :-) Yes, well, what I gathered from this experience is, that it is really important that I have the tunes really secure in my head,…"
May 24
thereallyniceman replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion My first banjo concert
"Excellent, despite the fumbling fingers, people love the banjo. It is a happy instrument. Most people would not recognise a banjo from a guitar so I am sure that they would learn a lot and enjoy their time. I don't enjoy playing live in public,…"
May 24
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My first banjo concert

Hi all,I just want to give a short report from my first banjo recital that I had today. Since the restrictions due to corona is easying up a bit here in Germany, an instruments museum, concert organizier and musical education institution close to where I live have started to organize semi concerts each sunday. They invite musicians connected to the place (I regulary play there with an early music orchestra, unfortunatly always on the double bass and not banjo... :-)) to present their…See More
May 24
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Excelsior Breakdown - Holly Jig

"That is very good and impressive. Most people expect the banjo to sound as though Earl Scruggs was playing it and are surprised that tunes other than "Beverley Hillbillies Theme" or "Cripple Creek" can be played on it. Thumbs up…"
May 18
Pär Engstrand commented on Pär Engstrand's video
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Excelsior Breakdown - Holly Jig

"So, I got a gig! Which is pretty fantastic in these times. It's in a musical instruments museum. The idea is "museum alive", sort of. Different musicians every sunday presenting instruments, and playing them, so people are able to…"
May 17
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Excelsior Breakdown - Holly Jig

Excelsior Breakdown - Herbert J. Ellie Holly Jig - w. Montagu Played on a alto banjo, zither banjo style, remade into a sort of banjeaurin. With the usuall b...
May 17

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