To all and sundry, near and far, banjoists in particular:I am trying to pull together some facts about the life of the banjo player and composer Bert Bassett. Although he was rated as being up there…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Shawn McSweeny Sep 9.
"Thanks for the words of encouragement. Is that really Mrs Thereallyniceman lying there amid the debris? Poor thing!
Anyone thinking of giving this one a try - which I heartily encourage - should go to the arrangement by Emile…"
"Brilliant stuff Tony! We tried Skaters' Waltz with our handbell team and gave up very quickly as it is an extremely difficult piece.
Mrs.Thereallyniceman and I even took up ice skating at the time to get in the mood, but she decided to…"
I am already using the OCR feature in these new additions to the JF Library to round off my bio of Bert Bassett. It's a great help.
The OCR is sometimes a bit approximate and I keep coming up with a reference to a banjo player by the…"
You may have thought twice about putting up two bob for a reserved seat back in 1897. According to the calculator of relative values, it's about the equivalent of £40 today, based on income. Paying a fiver to stand at…"
"Er.... only three? I have four of different shapes and sizes! And I still deny that I am a collector of banjos - I just like the feel of them. (No person of taste and discernment can have too many Weaver banjos.) It's…"
"It may not be Bert's finest arrangement, though he was an excellent arranger, but it is probably his most poignant. Bert died at the age of 43 of bronchial pneumonia, having been afflicted for most of his life with lung problems. …"
"And Cammeyer composed music requiring long finger stretches as well. Do we know for a fact that the various composers played banjos with similar or identical scale length? Banjos available to the mentioned composers would have had scales…"
"Thank you all for the kind comments.
Pär (alt-u-a) brings up an interesting point about fingering, and I wonder if anyone has also observed that different composers must have had different characteristics, given they all played banjos with…"