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Si Bheag Si Mhor (composed O'Carolan, arranged for banjo Jon Mills)
Played on my metal-strung Tokai five-string 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…Continue
Some days ago I watched on youtube the trailer of a documentary called "The girls in the band" (http://www.thegirlsintheband.com/home/). 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…Continue
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.…Continue
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…Continue
Are there any Australian members, particularly WA Members.
A bit barren of classic banjo players over here!!!
Added by George Martin on April 12, 2013 at 11:43 — No Comments
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 …Continue
Added by marc dalmasso on April 3, 2013 at 12:41 — No Comments
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 ?
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
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!.…Continue
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
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…Continue
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
So! I bought a Greenop banjo last year (yes, "Skeleton Dance" Greenop). Almost identical to this one at ZitherBanjo.org. My question: steel or nylon strings? The several spare strings in the case were metal, and the one at the link is strung with metal. I have it strung with metal now, but I obviously want to do right by it. His patent for this design was dated 1926, so it could go either way.