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a traitor or just a weirdo ?
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well everybody, I must confess to what some may consider a sin hereabouts. I got interested in this style of banjo back in June this year when I saw Clarke Buehling perform at Walthamstow folk club…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher 15 hours ago.

midland banjo festival on youtube, name that tune !
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Hi all, was watching a few Youtube vids re the above named gathering and I found one dated 2012 in it a guy named Richard Ineson plays the new Weaver banjo, please somebody tell me what is the name…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Wade Oct 10.

Midland Banjo Festival
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Hi all, as a newbie to the classic banjo I was perusing the net and,found this event advertised, I have recently acquired a nice old Weaver and, am getting to grips with it, anybody here going to…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel Bradbury Sep 23.

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Jody Stecher replied to nick stephens's discussion a traitor or just a weirdo ?
"It's the first letter of the words that preceded my typing it.   All Music That Ever Happened Before."
15 hours ago
Jody Stecher replied to nick stephens's discussion a traitor or just a weirdo ?
"Your reading of the situation seems very likely to me. I know a number of able musicians who began playing when young to please others and who later put it aside.  Thank your for the subtle invitation to attend a rally. I have not specifically…"
15 hours ago
nick stephens replied to nick stephens's discussion a traitor or just a weirdo ?
"Jody, you will need to explain that acronym to me, yes indeed the band sharing a common tuner was what I had in mind, to my ears things have improved tunewise within local bands, I no longer have to leave the room when they play ! I guess my modest…"
16 hours ago
Jody Stecher replied to nick stephens's discussion a traitor or just a weirdo ?
"Nick, your perceptive ability is what is known as "relative pitch".  You are able to effortlessly discern when music is in or out of tune with itself.  "Perfect Pitch", as Marc has hinted, is indeed an affliction.…"
16 hours ago
Joel Hooks replied to nick stephens's discussion a traitor or just a weirdo ?
"I think the truth was that she was compelled or felt obligated to play banjo for her brother whom she adored.  Perhaps after she married she felt free from that obligation.  Though she was a amazing banjoist, it is possible that she did…"
16 hours ago
nick stephens replied to nick stephens's discussion a traitor or just a weirdo ?
"well, I dont know how perfect pitch is determined but I am often able to say what key a piece of music is in upon hearing it for the first time without reference to any instrument and, when I hear an instrument, any instrument played out of tune…"
17 hours ago
Trapdoor2 replied to nick stephens's discussion a traitor or just a weirdo ?
"We had a friend of the family who suffered from perfect pitch. She hated my banjo (naturally) but also most music. She was a concert grade pianist. Oddly, she had a stroke, late in life, and she told me that it made her pitch sensitivity go away."
17 hours ago
Jody Stecher replied to nick stephens's discussion a traitor or just a weirdo ?
"I know about her career as an expert and historian. There must be more to the husband story. If he was going deaf he would notice the sound of the banjo being played less and less. Maybe the developing deafness was accompanied by tinitus, which can…"
yesterday
Joel Hooks replied to nick stephens's discussion a traitor or just a weirdo ?
"Hi Jody, She was devoted to her brother Cliff (who basically raised her) and banjo playing was his thing.  She stopped playing after she got married.  Her husband was going deaf and they avoided any noise in their house-- that includes…"
yesterday
Jody Stecher replied to nick stephens's discussion a traitor or just a weirdo ?
"By all accounts she was a fantastic person. Do you know why she stopped playing?  I  can easily understand retiring from performing and recording. No more pressure.  But stopping playing banjo means no more pleasure (of a particular…"
yesterday
Joel Hooks replied to nick stephens's discussion a traitor or just a weirdo ?
"Nope-- see what people miss by not going to ABF rallies! I found ads from Vega where she claims to have used a WL to record with. We also got to read letters from both Bill Nelson at Vega (who was not very nice and kinda demanding) and William Lange…"
yesterday
nick stephens replied to nick stephens's discussion a traitor or just a weirdo ?
"well, that is good then ! I kinda thought that I was somewhat odd in my choice since most players wax lyrical about those old Weavers, a very pleasant little player but, to me it feels somewhat cumbersome almost like an agricultural implement with…"
yesterday
Jody Stecher replied to nick stephens's discussion a traitor or just a weirdo ?
"So Shirley Spaulding didn't record with that fancy Orpheum banjo with the fingerboard extension? That came later maybe?"
Wednesday
Joel Hooks replied to nick stephens's discussion a traitor or just a weirdo ?
"Fairbanks, and later Vega, WL model banjos swept the professionals as a favorite banjo from the moment they were introduced. Many top pros played them (including Vess Ossman).  The scramble to use them was quite sudden.  A. J. Weidt even…"
Tuesday
thereallyniceman replied to nick stephens's discussion a traitor or just a weirdo ?
"I prefer Weaver Banjos!.. BUT setup is important. My Maple Weaver has a fairly low action, with few buzzes, and my infrequent trip to the higher altitudes of the neck are not to daunting :-)  Lower the action until the buzzing sets in. Weavers…"
Tuesday
Pär Engstrand replied to nick stephens's discussion a traitor or just a weirdo ?
"I'm not very "in the scene" as a classic banjo player, and I'm also rather uninformed. But... People played classic banjo in the 30ies (1900, that is...) too. Probably some of them even on a Vega. I wouldn't worry about it.…"
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