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CREMONA / Italy / Sept 29th

some news from Remi & me ; we ' ll be in Cremona at the end of the month ; It 's  a bluegrass festival but Rémi like that

he hadviews on my old Ibanez 'banjo for some times ; i used to buy for him a fretless U-bass , a Flatiron F mando and a D40 Guild guitar ; he play all these but ………….

we will play 30 mn of CB  ' tunes in Cremona ; only 30 mn because there are several bluegrass & folks

bands from Italy mainly . we are the lonely CB band…


Added by marc dalmasso on September 11, 2018 at 21:52 — 1 Comment

Working on a Few Pieces

Working through the Wiedt book and looking at videos that have been posted by members here has given me a push to try a few other pieces and I've got three in the works:

  • Kaloola--memorized but still working on playing it cleanly and consistently
  • Sunflower Dance--memorized, but I believe I need to tweak some of the right-hand choices to make it flow better and feel more comfortable
  • Pink Lemonade--still reading…

Added by Cyndy Richardson on July 29, 2018 at 22:00 — 14 Comments

Weidt Book 1: Week 6

Week 6

Elfin Waltz (Banjo 2)

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With this week's addition to the practice list, I believe we will have covered the whole book. 

I finally printed a copy and bound it together with the first forty pages of Herbert J. Ellis, Ellis's Thorough School for the Five Stringed Banjo (London: John Alvey Turner, n.d). More about that later.

My plan is to spend this week working on the new material and then to take the next two weeks to…


Added by Cyndy Richardson on July 6, 2018 at 17:10 — No Comments

Weidt Book 1: Week 5

Week 5

Elfin Waltz (Banjo 1)

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I confess. I jumped ahead and started playing through Elfin Waltz this week, both parts, and I like it. It feels more musical than some of the other pieces and the second banjo part takes my fancy.

One challenge will be to follow the right hand fingering in the second part of measures 2 and 4. It's easy for me to move a string using middle-index, but it's much harder for me to do it using index-middle. I see…


Added by Cyndy Richardson on June 30, 2018 at 4:42 — 4 Comments

Weidt Book 1: Week 4

Week 4

The Fairies (Banjo 2)

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This coming week my plan is to work on the accompaniment to The Fairies, print out a good copy of the book so that I can easily work on the exercises, and review. I have cleaned up the sheet music from Week 3, but I want to compare it with the notation in A to make sure I haven't removed any notes that were in the original -- right-hand finger choices, for example -- and I haven't had a spare moment to do it.

Added by Cyndy Richardson on June 23, 2018 at 3:26 — No Comments

Weidt Book 1: Week 3

Week 3

Exercises on time 4

The Fairies (Banjo 1)

[A clean copy of the notation will be posted soon.]

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It's silly, really, but having a schedule worked out in advance and posting it here every Friday is, at the moment, making it really easy for me to stay focused on working on something I've wanted to do for a long time.

I'm looking forward to adding The Fairies to the mix this week. Onward!

Added by Cyndy Richardson on June 15, 2018 at 14:42 — 9 Comments

Weidt Book 1: Week 2

Week 2

Exercises on time 1-3

Mosquito Jig (Thanks to Trapdoor2 for the notation linked below.)


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This week, I'll be adding the exercises and tune above to the things I'm already working on from…


Added by Cyndy Richardson on June 8, 2018 at 15:30 — 12 Comments

Weidt Book 1: Week 1

Study Schedule for Week 1

Exercises for learning to read the notes: 1

Chords and exercises in C Major: 1

The Yodler; Amusement Waltz

Weidt in C TUTOR

Added by Cyndy Richardson on June 1, 2018 at 23:30 — 17 Comments

Weidt Book 1: Study Schedule

Some time ago, I tossed out the idea of creating a collaborative group to study the Weidt books. Then I got really busy--too busy to tackle something new--so, in my mind, I set June 1st as the date that I would try to get things going.

Well, it's June 1.

I've put together a reasonably-paced study schedule (see below) and I'm ready to dive in. Anyone else who would like to join me is welcome to.

I will create a new blog post at the…


Added by Cyndy Richardson on June 1, 2018 at 23:30 — 12 Comments

Classic Banjo Study Group

Let's all get together to exchange ideas and tips on learning to play "Classic Style Banjo".

Added by thereallyniceman on April 4, 2018 at 16:29 — 13 Comments


Very sad about Hal.   He was a legend and a trail blazer in banjo web world.   His " Classic Banjo " website is a real treasure.   He also happened to be a bloody nice bloke.   We are going to miss you mate.   You have certainly left a void in the banjo world.

Condolences to his family. 

Added by Ray Jones on February 4, 2018 at 3:30 — No Comments

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:

Here is another one which is more ragtime…


Added by carrie horgan on November 5, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments

Strange Part # 01

i open  a " Strange part "   , serial blog   ' bout banjo 'parts  with   this resonator

Was on an Abbott ' 5th string   i have ; i think original to it .

The Marquetery  is ...  inside ............ , with  a varnish on  ;   and it is the type of marquetery we can see on  a Windsor banjo ............. So…


Added by marc dalmasso on August 20, 2017 at 9:09 — 3 Comments

Tyro Mazurka

I have just posted on You Tube, Tyro Mazurka.   I videoed it some time ago, but my fingers will not let me play it now.  My grand children wanted to hear it.

Just type in 'Lonburg'.

Added by Ray Jones on August 18, 2017 at 2:30 — 1 Comment

Ragtime Episode help!

Hello folks ... I hope you can help me. I'm having trouble with the Ragtime Episode tab I've got. I can't work out the fingering as it seems so fast! Do you pinch with the thumb and forefinger on the 2cnd bar or use the ring finger to maintain the speed?? I'm used to rolls on bluegrass and knowing how the fingering works but I really can't figure this one out. I don't expect to be as good as Rob Mackillop and others but any help would be most welcome. Thanks in advance!

Added by Daniel Pearce on June 3, 2017 at 17:24 — 23 Comments

Searching for a mazurka

Hi all!

Long time but believe me, I have been practicing a lot, so in the future I promise new videos. I have been working on new tunes and I also would like to learn a tune I watched on the Rob´s Youtube page...¿Someone might have the score of "Mazurka" (wihtout more names)? I was not able to find one in the music library. Also, I am open for suggestions for mazurkas.

Thanks for the help and as usual, all of you have posted amazing videos! Sometime I…


Added by German David Patarroyo on September 25, 2016 at 18:22 — 3 Comments

Robert Parker, sound engineer

    Have Parker's techniques been applied to old classic-banjo recordings? He had a Public Radio program in the '80s of jazz from Edison cylinders and up through 78 RPM, and the fidelity is remarkable.

Added by B. Williams on December 26, 2015 at 14:12 — No Comments

Sylvester L. Ossman info

Somehow, I cannot post a .pdf file to the ongoing discussion, so I'll post it here.

This is the US Census record for Sylvester Ossman, Musician, for 1910. It shows the full family at the time, including Sylvester Jr.

They were living in Palisades Park, New Jersey.

Ossman Census record…


Added by Trapdoor2 on December 6, 2015 at 18:44 — No Comments

Bill Keith

Sad ; Bill passed away ; my friend  jean marie  Redon , who used to make a Bj  course with him announced this sad new today ; RIP…


Added by marc dalmasso on October 24, 2015 at 17:29 — 5 Comments

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