"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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.…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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. "