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Alternative to Chris Sands strings
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I've previously used Chris Sands nylon strings but I can't find them now.  I have one set of mediums left but I think my current ones are Chris Sands lights. I tried to restring with Clifford Essex…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by carrie horgan Nov 1.

Alternate picking (Queen of the Burlesque)
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Hello - just asking for help on alternate picking in Queen of the Burlesque. In the first measure, there are two triplets and I am finding the fingering difficult on the second one.  The section I am…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by carrie horgan Jun 25.

One for the smokers...
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I am really enjoying reading the old BMG's.  Apparently the staff of BMG were very impressed with this 'ingenious device' and bought a stockpile to sell to readers for a shilling each (BMG 1918 05) -…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pär Engstrand May 4.

Most Popular Classic Banjo Tunes
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I'm interested in what were the most popular classic banjo tunes during the golden age of classic banjo (1880s to 1920).  I am particularly interested in tunes written specifically for the banjo.  I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by carrie horgan May 6.

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carrie horgan replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"Thanks Andrew - that's good news.  I ordered two packs from Brown Dog Banjos and it came to £25.38 - ouch! I put the new strings LaBella 17 strings on today.  They were the proper length and no problems with stringing…"
Nov 7
carrie horgan replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Some Pumpkins (1908)...Edward Emery Kuhn
"Great arrangement, Steve - I hoped it might work well on the banjo.  Thanks very much!"
Nov 3
carrie horgan replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternative to Chris Sands strings
"Thanks Tony - that's very helpful as I like the Chris Sands strings but didn't know what the gauges were.  They are good quality and last well. I think I replaced the Chris Sands mediums with lights last time I changed my strings but…"
Nov 1
TONY BRYAN replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternative to Chris Sands strings
"Carrie, I understand that Chris has been unable to locate a supplier who can provide strings to his specifications and so has withdrawn from the market.  Some time ago I took a micrometer gauge to Chris Sands' strings with the following…"
Nov 1
carrie horgan replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternative to Chris Sands strings
"Okay, thanks for the reply Joel."
Oct 31
Joel Hooks replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternative to Chris Sands strings
"I use... .017, .019, .023, .024 (silver plated copper over nylon floss), .017 Most people think these are too light.  Try the .019s sold as "No 17"  they might work for you."
Oct 31
carrie horgan replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternative to Chris Sands strings
"Okay, thanks John - what string gauges do you and Joel use?   Hey, Nick - yes, good news to find a stockist here in the UK!  "
Oct 31
carrie horgan replied to Steve Harrison's discussion The Ghost Walk (1922)..George Linus Cobb..(Something for Halloween).
"Thanks Steve - yes, she composed some crackers. Dusty Rag is another great tune. I look forward to seeing how 'Some Pumpkins' translates to banjo.  Keep up the good work :)"
Oct 31
John Cohen replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternative to Chris Sands strings
"The strings Brown Dog carries are NOT what Joel and I use. The LaBella No. 17 pack is .019, .022, .028, .025w, .019. These are a fair bit heavier than our strings."
Oct 31
nick stephens replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternative to Chris Sands strings
"great information here, I have been trying to source the type of strings Joel talks about and, now thanks to this thread I know that Brown Dog has them, could not be better news for me, he is practically my neighbour !"
Oct 30
carrie horgan replied to Steve Harrison's discussion The Ghost Walk (1922)..George Linus Cobb..(Something for Halloween).
"Interesting tune, Steve.  On a loosely Halloween theme, have you heard of a tune by Ed Kuhn called 'Some Pumpkins'?  It is very catchy - would it translate well to the banjo?  I'm currently working on your arrangement…"
Oct 30
carrie horgan replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternative to Chris Sands strings
"Great, thank you.  It's a shame that the Chris Sands strings aren't available anymore but good to hear positive reviews for La Bella.  Brown Dog Banjos in the UK supply the no 17 set - I will check out other stockists. The Chris…"
Oct 30
Texican65 replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternative to Chris Sands strings
"I too favored the Chris Sands set of strings for several years, the light gauges to be specific. Like you, I've also not had any luck finding them for sale anywhere anymore. Joel's info is spot on however. Once I made the switch to a nylon…"
Oct 30

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Hello again...and some playlists

I have been a way for a while - I got distracted trying to learn some AJ Weidt pieces on the tenor banjo - but I now have the itch to start playing the 5-string banjo again.   

I thought I'd share some Playlists I created on YouTube for Sunday listening/watching: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLb6ujCgXt0SQrmdTyZ3WOJqLe2h2HxeYJ

Here is another one which is more ragtime…

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Posted on November 5, 2017 at 9:00

The Bell Chimes

A pretty little tune - this is the Herbert J Ellis version (but with the Dobson intro).  Hope you like this one, Ian (our resident Bell Ringer)

https://soundcloud.com/banjopickingal-1/the-bell-chimes

Edit by Ian:

I have added a Music player for Carrie's recording.

Very nice indeed Carrie, and a nice sounding banjo too. You sound better than my Handbell Ringing Team…

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Posted on November 1, 2014 at 15:00 — 8 Comments

Comment Wall (6 comments)

At 19:03 on February 5, 2014, Alan Sims said…

hI Carrie , I realized after I asked you ,but that would be great . my email is jazzman3@btinternet.com

At 11:33 on February 6, 2014, Alan Sims said…

Thank you Carrie. I have put it in my learning folder.Have you tried zither banjo schottische .The tab is in library under David Wade nice tune and not to hard to play .

At 19:56 on March 10, 2015, Keith Wilson said…
Hello Carrie, Just watched your video, playing "The Jubillee".
Your playing sounds very tasteful on my old Stewart Banjeurine,
I recently sold it to Kevin @ Findajo !
Regards-Keith
At 18:45 on November 8, 2017, IAN SALTER said…

Hi Carrie,

I have really enjoyed playing stroke style from the Briggs' book on my tackhead but I'm finding the classic style much more satisfying, even at this very early stage. I'm taking it very slowly, working from 'Ellis's Thorough School' and as I'm retired, I have plenty of time to practice. I really do appreciate your offer of help.

If you, or any fellow players live near me and might fancy meeting up occasionally, please message me. I live near Eastbourne, East Sussex. I also travel to Oxfordshire every couple of weeks for a camping weekend so I could make a brief detour.

Best wishes, Ian.

At 16:48 on January 27, 2019, Clarke Buehling said…

Hi Carrie.

I started a msg to you, but my finger hit a button somewhere...away it went. You mentioned you liked City Point Jig. If you would like a copy I can send it or post it on this site somewhere. It's in "A" notation. Clarke

At 16:13 on April 24, 2019, Grace van't Hof said…

Thanks for the kind words, Carrie! I'm really enjoying getting to know this music so far!

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