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mel bays banjo method Frank Bradbury
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well it arrived today and, I am going to start in on it very soon, for a total novice it does look a little daunting however, nothing ventured nothing gained as they say ! it does say on the cover…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by nick stephens Jan 10.

BMG library
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it has been fairly quiet around here of late, holiday season I guess ! To amuse my self these long evenings I have been reading the above here, I am fascinated by the late Victorian/ Edwardian era…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by nick stephens Jan 8.

the trio
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ok, I have seen in print here particularly folks mentioning the trio when talking tunes, what does this mean ? what is the trio in this context ?Continue

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I lived to try another day ! far from perfect but, one must try you know ! I have already identified a few areas for improvement simply by watching this ! it is the best I got for now guys .Continue

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nick stephens replied to nick stephens's discussion mel bays banjo method Frank Bradbury
"just what I intended to do Joel, I know that I will tend to just  copy the audio by ear otherwise. was just curious to know what I might have been missing had I never investigated the audio."
Jan 10
Joel Hooks replied to nick stephens's discussion mel bays banjo method Frank Bradbury
"I would recommend listening to the recordings after you can play the exercise or piece. This will remove the reliance on "ear playing" and will allow the student to compare their playing to the recording so check their work and progress."
Jan 10
Chuck Meshako replied to nick stephens's discussion mel bays banjo method Frank Bradbury
"I also just started the Mel Bay Banjo Method book as well....in addition to those files Mr. MacKillop as made available the exercises at the bottom of his article at this link:  https://robmackillop.net/bradbury-studies/"
Jan 10
R L Vaughn replied to nick stephens's discussion mel bays banjo method Frank Bradbury
"Call me an enabler but you will find it any way once you figure out  (Click over here)--->  where to look.  <----- (Click back there) By the way, I remember Mel Bay's music store in Kirkwood Missouri.  I never…"
Jan 8
nick stephens replied to nick stephens's discussion BMG library
"Howdy Randal, good to have another musician hereabouts, if you read my posting re; the Bradbury book you will understand my enthusiasm at having lots of knowledgeable players here to hopefully put me on the right path often ! I have played music for…"
Jan 8
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mel bays banjo method Frank Bradbury

well it arrived today and, I am going to start in on it very soon, for a total novice it does look a little daunting however, nothing ventured nothing gained as they say ! it does say on the cover "free audio available online" but never mentions how to access this feature, anybody have any ideas here ? I think I shall need all the help I can get.See More
Jan 8
R L Vaughn replied to nick stephens's discussion BMG library
"Call me Randal.  I am new here, although I lurked for some time prior to signing up.  I was fortunate that I learned to sight read notation at an early age playing piano and brass.  I am new to banjo though and am recovering some…"
Jan 7
nick stephens replied to nick stephens's discussion BMG library
"I shall be picking up my copy of the Frank Bradbury book you recommended tomorrow Joel, never even attempted to read before but, I shall give it a try, lots of cool stuff in those old BMG books that I fancy playing eventually ."
Jan 7
Joel Hooks replied to nick stephens's discussion BMG library
"Grimshaw's "tutor" is very encyclopedic.  "Here is how you hold it and some notes, now your should be able to play sunflower dance and all A grade solos"... yeah right. I imagine that it would be a great book if one had…"
Jan 7
nick stephens replied to nick stephens's discussion BMG library
"I am British Marc but, I do not always understand the old fashioned and quaint language sometimes used."
Jan 6
marc dalmasso replied to nick stephens's discussion BMG library
"i am a big fan , too , of these old BMG mags , unfortunatly ,i don 't understand  some particuliar sentences or when here are un usual technical words    , ggrrrrrr"
Jan 6
nick stephens replied to nick stephens's discussion BMG library
"I certainly never said he was a luddite nor, do I think so but, he was certainly typical of his age, in the BMG magazines he writes extensively about resonators which are patently quite new to him and, over a fairly short period of some months he is…"
Jan 6
Jody Stecher replied to nick stephens's discussion BMG library
"Joel, I agree about How To Excel being NFB (Not For Beginners) but what do you think of Grimshaw's "The Banjo And How To Play It"?    I am not entirely comfortable with the idea that pick playing was perceived as best with…"
Jan 6
nick stephens replied to nick stephens's discussion BMG library
"I agree that Grimshaw was typical of his age and, I think I said as much, I love that kind of history too, I have stacks of late Victorian periodicals on a wide range of subjects and the tendency of the editor to always have the final word is…"
Jan 6
Joel Hooks replied to nick stephens's discussion BMG library
"Hi Nick, I am a big fan of "historical" periodicals. There is all sorts of lost knowledge hidden away waiting to be found. We are in the "golden age" of research materials.  Through efforts like those of Ian, never before…"
Jan 6
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BMG library

it has been fairly quiet around here of late, holiday season I guess ! To amuse my self these long evenings I have been reading the above here, I am fascinated by the late Victorian/ Edwardian era and, have always read authors from this period, surprising number of banjoists in some of those old novels, Kipps, George Wingrave (three men in a boat) and of course good old Morton Mitcham in the Good Companions, thus most of my reading has been the earlier BMGs from the Twenties, it has been an eye…See More
Jan 6

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