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Started Feb 9, 2018

Banjo Tuners
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel Bradbury Apr 18, 2016.

Classic Banjo website
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Hal Allert Jan 19, 2016.


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Ray Jones replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Alan Middleton 1927-2023
"Sorry to hear about Alan Middleton.   I lost my wife after 68 years of marriage. so I know how his family is feeling.  Regards Ray"
Nov 1, 2023
Ray Jones posted a photo

The Pierrot Banjo Team 1896

I haven't seen this one before. There is no legend with it.
Feb 3, 2022
Hannah Urquhart left a comment for Ray Jones
"Dear Ray, Thank you very much for kindly revealing more detail in my great-grandfather's photo. Best wishes, Hannah"
Jan 8, 2022
Ray Jones left a comment for Hannah Urquhart
"Here is a better copy.  Regards Ray"
Jan 4, 2022
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Oct 7, 2021
Ray Jones commented on Anthony Derycke's video

The D*****'s Dream "Geo.Lansing"

"I have just come home from Hospital and still in pain, but listening to you play lifted my spirits.   Keep putting them up."
Sep 6, 2021
Ray Jones replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Joe Morley at his best. Superb video!
"Great sound."
May 3, 2021
Ray Jones replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Terribly Sad News for the Classic Banjo Community
"A great loss.   I had some communications with Dave way back when, he was a lovely friendly bloke.  We were both into Zither Banjos.  I am so sorry to hear the news .   Stay strong Carolyn. Ray Jones in Melbourne…"
Apr 5, 2021

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Very sad about Hal.   He was a legend and a trail blazer in banjo web world.   His " Classic Banjo " website is a real treasure.   He also happened to be a bloody nice bloke.   We are going to miss you mate.   You have certainly left a void in the banjo world.

Condolences to his family. 

Posted on February 4, 2018 at 3:30

Tyro Mazurka

I have just posted on You Tube, Tyro Mazurka.   I videoed it some time ago, but my fingers will not let me play it now.  My grand children wanted to hear it.

Just type in 'Lonburg'.

Posted on August 18, 2017 at 2:30 — 1 Comment

Drop Thumb

Hi Rob

For years I could not master the Drop Thumb method of Clawhammer playing. All I could manage was what was known as 'up picking' from Pete Seeger's book. This style was okay for the slower tunes, but arm breaking if you wanted to play dance tunes with the fiddler. Then I picked up a tutor with a tape by a bloke called Larry Peterson. He just had a way of making it easy, with lots of simple tunes to play along with. Larry lived in Omaha Nebraska. I haven't heard from him for years,… Continue

Posted on July 24, 2009 at 21:42 — 1 Comment

4th of July

A Happy 4th of July to all my American mates.

Posted on July 3, 2009 at 22:33 — 2 Comments


Hi Gang
I was watching the Pete Seeger interviews recently by Tim Robbins. I noticed that Pete had a most unusual Bridge on his banjo. It seemed to have a couple of little 'outriggers' on it. This gave it four points of contact on the vellum. Can anyone tell me anything about it. I've never seen one before.

Posted on June 13, 2009 at 22:45 — 2 Comments

Comment Wall (28 comments)

At 22:26 on January 1, 2009, Carl Anderton said…
Welcome, Ray! Looking forward to your usual wit and humor.
At 23:31 on January 1, 2009, Ray Jones said…
How do I change my photo, as I've cut the top of my head off. Thank you for your welcome
At 12:07 on January 4, 2009, marc dalmasso said…
Hi Ray ; yes ; eric is a more than 30 years old friend and we started a banjo band where i played the cello it ' s there :
But last year he moved in the center of france for professional reasons ; happy new year @+m
At 20:57 on January 4, 2009, Ray Jones said…
Hi Marc. Pardon I am not able to speak French. We shall have to invite Eric to join our group. Bonne Anne'e Ray
At 2:06 on January 6, 2009, Carl Anderton said…
Ray, Shawnee Mission is a suburb of Kansas City. An Indian mission was built in the 1840's near here that is still standing, and sometimes haunted by a certain local oddball banjo player.

Dots for Riverside Schottische-
page 58
At 2:09 on January 6, 2009, Carl Anderton said…
Okay, that link is a little complicated.

Google Banjo Clubhouse.
Go to Banjo Clubhouse.
Scroll down to the Converse Analytical (it's the white one).
Click on Converse Analytical.
On the bottom of the Converse Analytical page, click on the pdf thing.
Go to page 58.
Enjoy The Riverside Schottische.
At 10:23 on April 2, 2009, marc dalmasso said…
and me too ; but i will keep the cello on my avatar , better than .....wine & cheese
At 10:44 on April 2, 2009, Carl Anderton said…
Looks like you traded your Zither in on a Boucher.
At 21:21 on April 2, 2009, Ray Jones said…
That's not a Boucher mate. That's a Bouncer. They are speciall made for Kangaroos on the Hop.
At 17:45 on April 4, 2009, Rob Murch said…
I'll fly the flag for them...

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