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Notation Problem

I am having difficulty notating a triplet in one of my songs. I was hoping someone could give me a little help. The measure has a pickup triplet of 3 sixteenth notes. I thought it should also have a half-note rest, a quarter-note rest, and a sixteenth-note rest to complete the measure but it still doesn't resolve. Can anyone guide me in this?

Added by Hal Allert on November 17, 2013 at 19:20 — 2 Comments

Si Bheag Si Mhor (composed O'Carolan, arranged for banjo Jon Mills)

Si Bheag Si Mhor (composed O'Carolan, arranged for banjo Jon Mills)
Played on my metal-strung Tokai five-string banjo.

Added by Jon Mills on May 23, 2013 at 16:25 — 4 Comments

6 and 7 Classic banjo?

Can anyone tell me when the classic banjo style was defined and what event, book, or musician marks that event.   Did the 6 and 7 string banjo predate the style, was it ever an accepted part of the style or was it part of the minstrel style?

The seven string does not seem to have been a big part of American banjo history although Dobson  was making 7 string banjo by 1877 (Rob Mackillop) and I have a Dobson 7 string flush fret which has a seven string tailpiece patented 1881 imported…


Added by Brown Dog Banjos on May 20, 2013 at 12:08 — 17 Comments

The girls in the band

Some days ago I watched on youtube the trailer of a documentary called "The girls in the band" ( It is about the experiences of several female musicians in the major jazz period (30-60´s). Of course, they suffered a lot of discrimination despite their talent and skills.

Therefore I would like to know if you have an idea of similar situations in the golden era of banjo. Because the time…


Added by German David Patarroyo on May 15, 2013 at 0:28 — 10 Comments

Show me yours and I'll show you mine

Oh, sorry, I can't because I just play the piano and not a banjo. Tell you what I'll show you Ian's instead. You've all seen it before but here it is in all its glory without the distraction of the bow tie! It's a Clifford Essex Wood Hoop Special.…


Added by thereallynicelady on May 6, 2013 at 19:01 — 16 Comments


The practice for the ‘new’ piece is now underway and OH is in the study working out fingering and playing short phrases over and over again. It takes only a short while for him to choose what to play and then it’s all systems go to master the music. I was wondering how  members here go about choosing their ‘next’ piece. Do you flick through the music you have already, do you arrange your own, do you adapt a piece you’ve heard or do you raid the music here on Classic Banjo Ning? How do you…


Added by thereallynicelady on May 3, 2013 at 18:50 — 13 Comments


Are there any Australian members, particularly WA Members.

A bit barren of classic banjo players over here!!!

George Martin 

Added by George Martin on April 12, 2013 at 11:43 — No Comments

CB Workshop / juin / June 2013

Workshop  in Saint Gervasy  ( 6 miles from  Nîmes ) France ; june  15 & 16.

 I will be here for the CB section .  There will be  Live music , of course , will play some tunes

jean marc ( Andres ) will play , too & tell the story of the ragtime  banjo ;

All the details are here : ( in French , click on  " stages " )

J 'animerai un stage de Banjo le WE du 15 & 16 …


Added by marc dalmasso on April 4, 2013 at 5:30 — 4 Comments

Say Thanks John Dallas

When your brain is tired , you have all the chords under your eyes ; more , it will beautify your fingerboard..

Added by marc dalmasso on April 3, 2013 at 12:41 — No Comments

A Musical Story


Added by Hal Allert on February 22, 2013 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

Clad rims / allergy

Cannot play  one of my banjos with a  nickeled metal rim for the time because of an allergy on my right leg ; i play others ... Did somebody ever see this kind of problem ? ; the simple trouser or a rag / cloth beetween the banjo and my skin seems doing nothing .. any idea ?  a piece of leather ?

Added by marc dalmasso on February 10, 2013 at 22:12 — 8 Comments

beautiful B & M zyther ebay

This beautiful B & M ' zyther Bj seems to be almost the same that the one owned by Sydney Ball ( picture one the W J Ball ' site  ); both have the " frette compensée " à la Windsor ..

Added by marc dalmasso on January 30, 2013 at 21:49 — No Comments

A piece of history

Hi all,

Searching about the banjo phenomena in the 1900´s, I could corroborate that it happened in Colombia too. I share you a dissertation about music of the early XX here in Colombia (The author, is Colombian too). Despite it is in Spanish, you can find some pictures with Colombian banjo players!...I will let you know if I can find those banjos!.…


Added by German David Patarroyo on January 28, 2013 at 2:25 — 2 Comments

Broadway promenade_Backing track

Here ' s the backing track for " Broadway promenade "broadway%20promenade_H%20j%20Ellis.mid by Herbert J Ellis .

It is a piano  part in midi file .

And don 't forget you have to tune the bass in D ; it is a pleasant tune to play

the tempo is something like 80 ; must be speeded to play it like a cake walk , i guess

Added by marc dalmasso on January 19, 2013 at 12:15 — No Comments

An explanation for your wife..

Strangely , sometimes , a new banjo appear in the house and because it 's pretty soon christmas time  and you could have the idea of making yourself a  gift , here 's an explanation for your wife : unfortunatly , your old music stand was broken and you really wanted to make the economy of buying  a new one but you needed it .Here ' s my  picture . Say Thx , marc , for the good idea…


Added by marc dalmasso on December 16, 2012 at 13:35 — 1 Comment

cammeyer zither banjo

I have a second grade cammeyer zither banjo .does anybody know how the brass knob on the back is fixed ,as i want to repair veneer.thank you . Alan

Added by Alan Sims on October 31, 2012 at 16:29 — 2 Comments

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