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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 1910

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



I Found this in

Von K.B. Rau kam der Hinweis auf eine Sammlung von Fotos mit und über Banjos auf den Seiten von Samm Bennett ( . Auch andere Instrumente kommen zu ihrem Recht. Sehr…


Added by Hans Straub on June 26, 2015 at 17:04 — 2 Comments

Saint Gervasy 2015

On the road to St Gervasy ; today for 3 days

gonna play ................ Classic banjo  with Rémi and his new Cole mod D  ;

Alison Brown  , who had a gig not far , will  opening the festival tonight…


Added by marc dalmasso on June 12, 2015 at 7:30 — 3 Comments

Pathé 22055 Discovered in the Wild

Just in from the "wild" and right up your alley:  Found a rare American Pathé of John Pidoux / Thomas Malin that might be of interest:   

Pathé 22055   ca. January 1919  

John Pidoux:   "A Plantation Episode"  (Grimshaw)  mx.…


Added by Brad Kay on May 21, 2015 at 20:30 — 13 Comments

Pré War or not ?

DO NOT have the Renova  SN tables

Added by marc dalmasso on March 12, 2015 at 22:38 — 4 Comments

Cammeyer super Vibrante

I  buyed this beautiful zyher some months ago ;

This one is  labeled  " super vibrante "

i understood mostly via David  the early models were labeled  "…


Added by marc dalmasso on February 27, 2015 at 20:42 — 7 Comments

Help with value

I have recently acquired a J Parslow banjo but not sure of value is there anyone who could help please.
I have done some research into the maker and worked out its about 100 years old and looks like an original case.
One piece of mother of pearl missing and obviously well played with.
Thanks if you can help that would be great.

Added by paul henry on December 21, 2014 at 12:37 — No Comments

The Bell Chimes

A pretty little tune - this is the Herbert J Ellis version (but with the Dobson intro).  Hope you like this one, Ian (our resident Bell Ringer)

Edit by Ian:

I have added a Music player for Carrie's recording.

Very nice indeed Carrie, and a nice sounding banjo too. You sound better than my Handbell Ringing Team…


Added by carrie horgan on November 1, 2014 at 15:00 — 8 Comments

Classic Banjo Radio Down

Wouldn't you know it. After announcing the new website to all of you, the computer that I am using to stream the music decided to die. Period. I am porting over the radio station to another computer and should be up and running by the end of the day.

As they say in the radio biz, "Stay Tuned!"

Added by Hal Allert on July 3, 2014 at 19:04 — 3 Comments

Classic Banjo Radio

Hello everyone. Well, I have finally published my Internet Radio Station, Classic Banjo Radio. It streams 24/7 and has players for iTunes, Android, and Blackberry. There are at present approximately 500 pieces that I have cleaned up. Some of them still sound like crap but you should have heard the originals. Thanks to Ian for letting me tap into the Banjo DJ. I will be cleaning those up as well. And Jody contributed quite a few…


Added by Hal Allert on June 30, 2014 at 17:07 — 8 Comments

Banjo Rags?

Hello Everyone, forum newbie here.

I'm a composer and multi-instrumentalist whose main axe is guitar, but with such an inordinate fondness for banjo that I own several and have been playing them off and on for over 30 years.

I discovered your site by accident, and was much intrigued by the "9-pound banjo mute". :)    But what really caught my eye was the statement, "...the vast majority is popular music, ragtime, and 'banjo music', or original music written specifically…


Added by Dr H on May 12, 2014 at 21:30 — 17 Comments

CE special woodhoop _all mapple & rosewood series

Here ' s is the picture of one of my favorite , the CE special  , ones all made of mapple with rosewood fingerboard &  head cap  ; the one i play in my Live videos last year in St Gervasy;…


Added by marc dalmasso on April 29, 2014 at 19:31 — 9 Comments

A new tune?

Hi all,

In my last video I said that I am focusing in exercises to improve my left hand technique. However, I would no like to dismiss the fun (and the importance) of learn new tunes. Because I am working on the fingering of the frets in the middle part of the neck, I would like to know about easy tunes which use those frets. Any suggestion? :

Added by German David Patarroyo on April 25, 2014 at 3:34 — 3 Comments

winning bid by somebody from our gang ?

Added by marc dalmasso on January 12, 2014 at 22:42 — 2 Comments

Peter O Toole

RIP ; i play the piano here for the moovie " Wings of fame "  ( palais de la Méditerranée NICE )

Added by marc dalmasso on December 15, 2013 at 20:29 — 7 Comments

What a terrific site. I've always liked the Classic banjo now I have a chance to learn Thank you everybody who put it together.

What a terrific site. I've always liked the Classic banjo now I have a chance to learn
Thank you everybody who put it together.


Added by michael young on December 7, 2013 at 21:30 — 2 Comments

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