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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 thereallyniceman Jun 14.

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.

Zither banjo help
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I'm going on holiday to Kent in a few weeks and noticed on Ebay that there is a Zither banjo near where I am staying.  I wondered what you make of the condition of the fretboard - the inlays are good…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by carrie horgan May 4.

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thereallyniceman replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternate picking (Queen of the Burlesque)
"Thank you Jody. I din't know that you could slow down Youtube videos like that!  Very useful tip."
Jun 14
Jody Stecher replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternate picking (Queen of the Burlesque)
"He's definitely using the middle finger on the first string and then doing the snap to the next note before using the index on string 2.  If you click on the little gear icon in the lower right corner of a youtube screen you can slow down…"
Jun 13
Trapdoor2 replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternate picking (Queen of the Burlesque)
"I tried it last night...I prefer the snaps (which are my generic default anyway, seeing as how I play a lot of clawhammer and stroke style too). Don't forget the G harmonic on the 5th string, 17th fret? It sounds out very clearly."
Jun 13
carrie horgan replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternate picking (Queen of the Burlesque)
"That's a good video - I like the fact they are playing at a moderate pace.  It's hard to tell whether a snap is used but I think a snap works well.  Jody's tip about thinking of the hand motion as a forward roll is also…"
Jun 13
thereallyniceman replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternate picking (Queen of the Burlesque)
"Hey Carrie, it looks like Eric Stefanelli uses a snap but I can't really see it clearly. What do you think? I tried Jody's reverse roll and that works fine when you get used to it too!"
Jun 13
Jody Stecher replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternate picking (Queen of the Burlesque)
"Thinking in new ways helps me solve problems.  Sometimes that approach works for other people.  : -)"
Jun 13
carrie horgan replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternate picking (Queen of the Burlesque)
"Thanks Jody - thinking of it as a forward/reverse roll may help me get over the 'index-first string' block. I've always liked this tune - it has a kind of lovely lilting flow to it when played well.  Hopefully I will be able to…"
Jun 12
Jody Stecher replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternate picking (Queen of the Burlesque)
"The first three notes of the measure are a long G, a short F, and E at the start of the triplet. If you play the G with the thumb and then  the F on the first string it is natural to want to play the F with the middle because the middle is…"
Jun 12
carrie horgan replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternate picking (Queen of the Burlesque)
"Hi Ian - I just tried that on the banjo and it was a lot easier than trying to use the index.  Thanks for the tip!"
Jun 12
Trapdoor2 replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternate picking (Queen of the Burlesque)
"Of course, it is the tune that is king. Many, many people have successfully recorded techniques ranging from merely awkward to totally crazy. As long as the tune is coming out properly... Still, I think it best to avoid awkward moves if at all…"
Jun 12
thereallyniceman replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternate picking (Queen of the Burlesque)
"From the seventh note F :   What I do is to play the 1st string F note (fretted with the 4th finger of the left hand), then snap the 4th finger off to sound the E. The C and the open G of the triplet are the same as they are in the first…"
Jun 12
carrie horgan replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternate picking (Queen of the Burlesque)
"Thanks Marc - yes, it would involve following with the thumb on the second string (I wouldn't play it with the middle as this is too awkward).  Perhaps I should 'train it out' like you suggest and start with index.  I just…"
Jun 12
Trapdoor2 replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternate picking (Queen of the Burlesque)
"Hmmm. Starting with the middle finger causes you to cross over the thumb with the index to reach the lowest note. That is almost always awkward. Starting with the index removes that issue. Sometimes it is the only way to get there...but in this…"
Jun 12
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Alternate picking (Queen of the Burlesque)

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 finding difficult starts on the seventh note:  F and then the triplet starts E on the first string, C on the second string then open G on the third string.  I'm guessing that the correct fingering would be index, middle, index, thumb.  However, my finger naturally wants to hit that F with my middle…See More
Jun 12
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Blue Eyes (Song and Dance) - Alfred D. Cammeyer

"Brilliant, really enjoyed that - and nice to hear the second part!"
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Cannon Jig by Joe Morley on a Zither Banjo

"Well, it was going cheap on Ebay but it did need some attention - some of the machine heads were loose and the string action was too high up-the-neck.  Glen Page at Andy Banjo (The Banjo Works) did an overhaul including adjusting the neck to…"
Jun 10

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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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