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Fretboard extensions

I'm in the market for a banjo with at least 24 or 25 frets. I've noticed fretboards extensions are usually only on professional instruments, with a few exceptions, which makes a lot of sense somewhat. I find if I had an…

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Added by Jerron Paxton on May 21, 2020 at 17:00 — No Comments

Brian Dingley

          Hi everyone.    I am sorry if this isnt the right place to say sad news, but I dont know how else to let everybody who knew Brian,  that he sadly died on Wednesday.

A big man with a big heart, so kind, generous and thoughtful I know he will be missed by everyone who was lucky enough to have known him.

                         Best wishes  to you all at this very difficult time 

                                        Sincerely    Jill…

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Added by Jill Friendship on April 10, 2020 at 20:30 — No Comments

Brian Dingley

            It is with great sadness I have to report that Brian Dingley passed away on Wednesday.   

           A big man with a big heart he will  be remembered for his talent, his generosity, and his enthusiasm for everything to do with the banjo.

Added by Jill Friendship on April 10, 2020 at 20:00 — 2 Comments

BMG Magazine collection for sale

I have sorted out my BMG collection and have a huge number of duplicates for sale.As follows,

1925 - 1929 x 48 (2 missing)

1930 - 1939 x 116 (4 missing)

1940 - 1949 x 108 (12 missing)

1950 - 1959 x 120

1960 - 1969 x 120

1970 - 1976 x  76

Please contact me for more details,

Keith Wilson

Added by Keith Wilson on February 11, 2020 at 14:18 — No Comments

Banjo auction

Following the sad death of Derek Hall (Kendall) just before Christmas, six top of the range classical banjos that I built for him will be coming up for auction soon.  If probate goes through the likely date will be 9th March and the auctioneers are www.1818auctioneers.co.uk at Crooklands near Kendall.  I can provide photos and info re the instruments if you would like to email me at staceybanjos@hotmail.com.  Typical examples are Whyte Laydie…

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Added by David Stacey on January 23, 2020 at 11:32 — No Comments

1880s A Tilley banjo value

Would anyone have an idea of a half decent A tilley 5 strings value . One for sale here in Canada for 350 canadian. it had the first five frets replaced with a brass plate otherwise not bad. thinking it may be a good player for classic. 

Added by steve leuschner on January 9, 2020 at 0:46 — 9 Comments

Guage 20 Nylon Strings

Hi! Can anybody help please? I have trawled the internet for guage 20 nylon strings and can't find ANY! Nylon strings are hard to find and Andy banjo used to sell singles but no guage 20s anymore. Where have they gone? .... as part of a set or on their own they seem the best to me for 1st and 5th string Classic playing, so any help would be great!

Added by Daniel PEARCE on December 31, 2019 at 23:38 — 2 Comments

Nut Material

I need to change the nut on my Clifford Essex Professional. It currently has an ebony one but I'm not happy with the string spacing.

Would you replace with ebony or bone or perhaps something else?

Added by Andrew 'blind boy' Butler on November 19, 2019 at 11:30 — 2 Comments

Crémona__ 2019

Just back from Crémona where we played , as usual , Classic Banjo on the bluegrass external stage .   The sound engineer love us  ' cause there are only 2 mikes , ...LOL…

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Added by marc dalmasso on September 29, 2019 at 16:30 — No Comments

Clifford Essex Professional or Weaver

Just wondering if anyone has An Essex Professional or a Weaver they'd like to sell.

Cheers.

Added by Andrew 'blind boy' Butler on June 14, 2019 at 18:54 — 1 Comment

Getting started

Hello there...well I started about 2 weeks ago learning to play the banjo...been working on Round Peak rolls...and some normal bum ditty ....i set up my banjo with a fiberskyn head and some nylgut strings...not really knowing about Classic Banjo...i was heading towards fretless playing after hearing some wonderful music.

I'm a jazz piano player by trade for over 45 years...and really didn't pay much attn to the banjo...and then going to the internet I found this music to be more than…

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Added by Paul Painter on November 15, 2018 at 18:39 — No Comments

Getting started

Hello there...well I started about 2 weeks ago learning to play the banjo...been working on Round Peak rolls...and some normal bum ditty ....i set up my banjo with a fiberskyn head and some nylgut strings...not really knowing about Classic Banjo...i was heading towards fretless playing after hearing some wonderful music.

I'm a jazz piano player by trade for over 45 years...and really didn't pay much attn to the banjo...and then going to the internet I found this music to be more than…

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Added by Paul Painter on November 15, 2018 at 18:39 — 12 Comments

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…

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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…
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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…

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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…

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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

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