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thereallyniceman replied to musician's discussion Three banjo arrangements?
"Hi Jake, If you go to the MUSIC LIBRARY and click on "More Options" and then tick the "Multipart Scores" box the search will bring up quite a few scores, many are arrangements by the late Hal Allert for his banjo orchestra. I…"
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thereallyniceman replied to Eric Crum's discussion Songs for a beginner?
"You downloaded a good tutor. Grimshaw's "The Banjo and How to Play it" is the one that I was taught from. BUT you don't need to do all the scales etc before you can have a try at a tune! I suggest that you read and practice pages…"
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thereallyniceman replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Humpty Dumpty Rag (1914) Charles Theodore "Charley" Straight.
"I have been looking at this piece too and, Jody, I am impressed that you feel that the grace triplets can be played fast enough!  I have been struggling with them, and the first section for a couple of days and am still struggling!  I feel…"
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thereallyniceman commented on david caron's video

Grimshaw Exercise #50

"After listening to Joel and Jody, One suggestion from me: Get a metronome and play along with it. Soon you will notice that the darned thing keeps going out of time !!!! They are hateful instruments, but when you can beat one, or at least keep in…"
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thereallyniceman replied to Anthony Derycke's discussion tightening keys for an old Alfred Weaver?
"I don't like to use a "tubular key" as the outside of the key can scratch the plating on the metal hoop. Why not use an "Imperial gauge 5/16" AF open ended spanner" ?  ( AF means the distance across the flats of…"
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German David Patarroyo commented on thereallyniceman's blog post Classic Banjo Study Group
"Hi Jody, Good thinking, I will share my idea to a new post and I will explain more about that app...actually, it allows to put two o more videos at the same time so you can theoretical make an orchestral arrangement., let´s better…"
Apr 8
Jody Stecher commented on thereallyniceman's blog post Classic Banjo Study Group
"Hi German,  welcome back.  I don't know how appcappela works but I like your idea!  Let's please move dissuasion of the idea of an orchestra to its own thread please. It's confusing enough keeping this one to one Weidt…"
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German David Patarroyo commented on thereallyniceman's blog post Classic Banjo Study Group
"Hi all, Lot of info in this forum!!...A humble proposal...Why not a tune as a banjo orchestra? Videos with several musicians (no matter the distance) at time is quite common on internet...We could use apps such as appcappella in order to make a…"
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At 21:20 on January 6, 2009, Carl Anderton said…
Glad you found us, Ian. Welcome.
At 20:11 on April 10, 2009, Jody Stecher said…
Wow, Ian, these are gorgeous, and not at all different iterations of basically the same banjo idea. I would imagine there's a good variety of tone and response. The Amboyna z-b particularly knocks me out. How does she play and sound?
At 20:36 on July 14, 2009, Mike Redman said…
The XX special was bargain of the year! I have one just like that and would never part with it, have owned it for 20 years. My old banjo teacher, Horace Craddy found it for me. Enjoy it, a friend for life!
At 9:52 on July 29, 2009, David Layton said…
Hi there Ian in Blackpool, its an Ozark 5 string. In the picture I'm at Art In Action an Arts Festival in Oxfordshire. I 'm also into oil painting as well as banjoing. I've just started learning classic banjo. Ive been playing for just over 2 years now. Started with Scruggs style then progressed into clawhammer. Found myself at a bit of a learning plateau kinda stuck too much at first position but recently i started to learn a lovely song called "Colorado Buck Dance". I found that classic style has really opened up the fretboard for me. One thing i'd like to ask. I play classic tunes the sameway as clawhammer, bare fingers and just using my thumb and index finger. Is this correct or should i be using threefingers as in scruggs style also should i be using picks or is it personel choice down to the individual.
From David
At 10:04 on July 29, 2009, David Layton said…
sorry i forgot to mention i live in Burton on Trent in Staffordshire.
At 20:25 on March 12, 2010, Adam said…
No worries, Ian ... I hope you get your video needs worked out ... Looking forward to your contributions!

All the best,
At 19:11 on December 4, 2010, Eric STEFANELLI said…
Thank you for your comment, you are welcome, i have many van Eps cylinders and Vess L. Ossman too, and of course many old 78r.p.m.
Only one about Tarrant Bailey J.R.
I am thinking to put some on this site, as soon as possible, because many are unknown, and i'm thinking aout many people who must be interrested to heard them, if i have sheet music i will post it in same time.
I like your performance on Morley's Palladium March.

At 7:17 on December 20, 2010, Sylvia said…

Hi Really Nice Man,  you must teach your wife how to play Banjo, I reckon she could be playing second parts quite quickley then you could play duets like Eric and Pat.   Also she could become a member of this site and perhaps mine would not be the only female voice heard  :-)  

At 13:28 on March 13, 2011, Jan Bloom said…
I make banjos currently sold through Elderly Instruments.  These are a Farland style all wood beveled rim banjo 11.5 diameter.  Normal scale length is 25.5 for the clawhammer player.  However, they may be ordered direct with classic scales of 27 or 27.5.  
At 15:25 on April 21, 2011, Mike Moss said…

Thanks Ian, that's very generous of you. I'll have to dig out my "to-play" list (which is getting longer by the minute...) and see what I can extort, err... I mean, nicely ask for :)


I'm very happy with the sound of my banjo, by the way, now that I've converted it somewhat. The Renaissnace head and Chris Sands heavies give it a booming tone which is almost worthy of the old killing machines, and I'm getting some nice, thunderous bass notes with the appropriate picking technique. Gotta love how Bill Ball played those thunderous bass notes!

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