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Rob MacKillop's Discussions

Joel Hooks' Bridges

I ordered three "period" bridges from forum member Joel Hooks - maybe you've heard of him? :-)First thing to say is that they are really well made, with good timbers and good workmanship. I got a…Continue

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Vess Ossman life story in Hobbies magazine
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A player who wishes to remain anonymous has sent me these pdfs which will be of interest to some here. I found it fascinating. Ossman's view of Joe Morley is very revealing!Due to the upload limit,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Texican65 20 hours ago.

Eric Stefanelli

Is Eric still making banjos? I've lost touch with him, sadly. Continue

Started on Monday

Strange Notation in Pizzicatto Polka
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This is from George C. Dobson's Complete Instructor, Pizzicatto Polka. Note the little arrows to the right of "7th Pos. barre", and also more arrows in the second bar of the lowest line. He uses…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks yesterday.

 

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Rob MacKillop replied to thereallyniceman's discussion MORE additions made to the JF Memorial Library
"Wow...Okay, I may be gone some time... Thanks, Ian. "
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The Sentimental Banjo - late 19th-century fretless, gut-strung banjo

"LOL. Now I can claim to be a sentimentalist and play too quietly for the mic to pick it up! ;-)"
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Rob MacKillop replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Banjeaurine... any good?
"I owned one, a Stewart, if I recall correctly, sold to a guitar student of mine as a way of enticing him into the great Scottish Ragtime Ensemble! unfortunately, we only played one gig, and he buggered off to live somewhere else, and I never saw it…"
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"Poor you! I can only sympathise. But at least you learned you sound like a real banjo player :-)"
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Joel Hooks' Bridges

I ordered three "period" bridges from forum member Joel Hooks - maybe you've heard of him? :-)First thing to say is that they are really well made, with good timbers and good workmanship. I got a Morely, a Converse, and a Gibbs (SS Stewart). It's great to have their names stamped on the side facing you as you look down from a playing position. Joel mentions on his website that the Gibbs is really narrow, and it most certainly is. Here's a comparison with the Luke Mercier bridge on the SSS…See More
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Trapdoor2 commented on Rob MacKillop's video
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"Not glass, wax cylinder, standard Edison machine. I recorded a horrific version of "Berkeley March" about 20 yrs ago. I had terrible "horn fright" and just before I started, a group of real musicians (Alan Jabbour, etc.) walked…"
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Rob MacKillop commented on Rob MacKillop's video
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SSS Orchestra 2 Champion Fretless banjo from c.1890 - Rob MacKillop

"Cheers, Dow. Glad you like it. And I'm pleased you got something out of the Ossman uploads. "
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Texican65 commented on Rob MacKillop's video
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"Rob I think that banjo and your playing sound superb! Well done and thanks! "
20 hours ago
Texican65 replied to Rob MacKillop's discussion Vess Ossman life story in Hobbies magazine
"Rob....thank you VERY, VERY much! Ossman is my inspiration, and although I had read the English newspaper article previously, the Hobbies magazine articles are true treasures as well. I very much appreciate your willingness to share and upload these…"
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Rob MacKillop commented on Rob MacKillop's video
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"Haha. I  like that. Also your phrase "annoying clinical precision!" :-) Thankfully no one has ever accused me of that! "
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Jody Stecher commented on Rob MacKillop's video
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"Rob, re your PS:  yes!  the various stages of recording technology did have an effect on how people played. In our own times and living memory this was evident when digital recording first came in and was not yet perfected. All around me I…"
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"Thanks, Marc. I'm minded of Vess Ossman's complaint that when making his recordings he had to play as loud as possible, and never vary his dynamics. People then copied that, thinking it the "true" banjo sound. Converse and…"
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Jody Stecher replied to Rob MacKillop's discussion Vess Ossman life story in Hobbies magazine
"Most curious!  I have read bits and pieces of the same interview in the earlier scans but this gives a more complete picture and also makes one wonder.  For instance what did Ossman mean about the fifth string being *technically* so taut?…"
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Trapdoor2 commented on Rob MacKillop's video
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"A delight, Rob. This is how I often play at home (when I get it right). Sometimes it is difficult to tell how the tune wants to be played, esp. when we are trained to think "fast and loud". "
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Rob MacKillop replied to Rob MacKillop's discussion Vess Ossman life story in Hobbies magazine
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Comment Wall (7 comments)

At 8:05 on December 2, 2011, thereallyniceman said…

After a wander in the banjo wilderness, it is good to see that you found your way home. Welcome back Rob, from all of us, I am sure!

At 9:21 on December 2, 2011, Sylvia said…

Hi Rob, nice to see you back on classic.

At 9:41 on December 2, 2011, Mike Moss said…
Hi Rob! Your videos on YT were one of the things which inspired me to take up Classic Banjo. I'm very glad to see that such an exceptional musician is among us once again.
At 12:06 on December 2, 2011, Rob MacKillop said…

Thank you all for the warm welcome. Looking forward to seeing what you are all up to. 

At 14:58 on December 2, 2011, Trapdoor2 said…

Aye, welcome back Rob. Glad to see you here!!

At 15:24 on December 5, 2011, Sylvia said…

Hi Rob , thank you for the Buckley, the Baur looks good too. But must get some more ink before I start downloading that and your Mel Bay Book.

At 16:23 on December 5, 2012, Robert Dooley said…
Here in Minnesota we have four classic ban joists who would like to develop an ensemble similar to yours. We are searching for arrangements that would include a. piccolo part in addition. any information would be greatly appreciated.. a golfing friend of mine whose wife is an Edinburgh native enjoyed hearing your group and was surprised to hear that Scots were into that sort of thing. Robert
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