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Baffling tremolo diagram
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Dec 30, 2022.

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Jan 17
Jody Stecher replied to Russ Chandler's discussion Baffling tremolo diagram
"I decided to test the theory. What a novel idea!  Theory based on empirical evidence?  How dangerous. My wife is somewhat hard of hearing so she is the perfect assistant. I played tremolo on a string and backed away from her. At the open…"
Dec 30, 2022
Jody Stecher replied to Russ Chandler's discussion Baffling tremolo diagram
"What I said about not hearing the sound of the plectrum also applies to the sound of the finger in the case of banjo, sanxian, pi'pa etc.  "
Dec 30, 2022
Richard William Ineson replied to Russ Chandler's discussion Baffling tremolo diagram
"I agree Joel, attaining the necessary smooth and rapid flow of notes to simulate a continuous unbroken note is impossible but the banjo sounds good played in the tremolo style and has been used to good effect, using that style, in the past. Farland…"
Dec 30, 2022
Jody Stecher replied to Russ Chandler's discussion Baffling tremolo diagram
"Tremolo began long before there were banjos. It seems to have originated on double-strung instruments all over the world. Mandolin and its ancestors in Europe, oud in the middle east, tar in Persia.  Players of single strung instruments like…"
Dec 30, 2022
Joel Hooks replied to Russ Chandler's discussion Baffling tremolo diagram
"FWIW, I don't associate Green with tremolo.  The two people that I do connect with it are Alfred Farland and Fred Bacon, (Farland being obsessed with it).  I have only flipped through Green's book and have not given it any…"
Dec 30, 2022
Jody Stecher replied to Russ Chandler's discussion Baffling tremolo diagram
"Perhaps it's because he is he only person to have written and published a work devoted entirely to this one technique applied to the 5-string banjo. His name and "sostentuto" are on the cover so the two are connected in people's…"
Dec 30, 2022
Richard William Ineson replied to Russ Chandler's discussion Baffling tremolo diagram
"One other thing which occurred to me is why is B. Sheldon Green seen to be such an authority on the Tremelo? I don't know much about him apart from that he was from Australia/New Zealand and wrote a few tunes for the banjo and a couple of…"
Dec 29, 2022
Jody Stecher replied to Russ Chandler's discussion Baffling tremolo diagram
"I'm also a year older than you and therefore entitled to be even more confused. The first reply I made to your post about Hunter (one of my favorite banjo composers) was so confusing that when I read it I couldn't understand what I meant.…"
Dec 29, 2022
Richard William Ineson replied to Russ Chandler's discussion Baffling tremolo diagram
"You win, I got confused (not uncommon these days) with the various references, but having re read your comment a few times I see that you say that Grimshaw said to brace with the thumb 'so the brace is on the opposite side of the 5 strings as…"
Dec 29, 2022
Jody Stecher replied to Russ Chandler's discussion Baffling tremolo diagram
"Hunter and B&M do not say to use the thumb as a brace.  I didn't say they did. It is Grimshaw who advises thumb use.  I did say that. I mention several other types of tremolo in an earlier message. Here they are again. They are…"
Dec 29, 2022
Richard William Ineson replied to Russ Chandler's discussion Baffling tremolo diagram
"Hunter and Barnes and Mullins both give examples of Sostenuto/Tremelo playing in the duo style in which the thumb is used to play the accompaniment whilst the melody is played on the 1st string so I cannot agree that Hunter and B&M advised only…"
Dec 29, 2022
Jody Stecher replied to Russ Chandler's discussion Baffling tremolo diagram
"Hunter teaches one and only one form of tremolo on all the pages: index, leading with down stroke with a different way of bracing according to which string or string this particular tremolo technique is applied. The Barnes & Mullins book teaches…"
Dec 29, 2022
Richard William Ineson replied to Russ Chandler's discussion Baffling tremolo diagram
"I'm not aware of any other books by Hunter but surely his coverage of Sostenuto/Tremelo (pages 36 -45) in his 'Banjo Studies' (pub. Dallas 1903) will satisfy even the most assiduous and enthusiastic student of the banjo? If…"
Dec 29, 2022
Jody Stecher replied to Russ Chandler's discussion Baffling tremolo diagram
"My first reply was so complicated I couldn't even read it let alone understand it. I've deleted it. Now I've had a nap I'll try again. I see only one form of tremolo in the Parke Hunter book. Maybe there is more than one book. He…"
Dec 28, 2022
Richard William Ineson replied to Russ Chandler's discussion Baffling tremolo diagram
"Parke Hunter dealt, very comprehensively, with every form of tremolo anyone would be likely to play in his  famous book of studies. The Barnes and Mullins book also has an extensive coverage of the style. "
Dec 28, 2022

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A Joe Morley Pilgrimage

I took advantage of a trip to a client in South London today to pay a visit to Joe Morley's grave.



I've written it up in a post on my blog at Walthamstow Folk Club - http://www.walthamstowfolk.co.uk/blog/?p=206



The accompanying text is probably of limited interest to you specialist expert types here but thought I'd share it anyway!…



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Posted on September 29, 2009 at 18:07 — 1 Comment

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At 19:58 on September 7, 2014, Hal Allert said…

Thanks for considering me your friend, Russ.

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