Tyler Cornett's Blog (5)

Learning to read ♪♫

Allow me to explain my recent absence of content contribution to this wonderful site for a minute. I know you've all missed my amateurish attempts at banjeau pickin'. :)

I decided to buckle down and kick the tablature habit. It is, indeed, a fine learning tool (I probably wouldn't have started earlier this year if Rob hadn't offered up the tab that he did, thanks Rob!), but as you gents have said before it cripples your repertoire. I'm glad to say I'm trying my darnedest to quell the… Continue

Added by Tyler Cornett on October 6, 2010 at 19:30 — 6 Comments

Victor Talking Machine

I just got one of these off of eBay for $149 (MSRP is supposedly $500) it's a replica, I don't know who's making them, but it's a beauty.

I'm enjoying it immensely! I only have purchased one 78 record so far, of the great Vess L. Ossman (Yankee Land & Peter Piper banjo solos) & it did come with one with some unremarkable orchestra tunes on it.

Here are some recordings I did of the record.



Added by Tyler Cornett on August 14, 2010 at 22:00 — 1 Comment

My Mystery Banjo needs a new head.

Hi guys,

I was just wondering if you all in your great experience could help out a banjo newbie like myself in procuring a new banjo head for this fine instrument I got from eBay a while back. I don't remember what the auctioneer said about it, sadly it has been more than 60 days and I can't find any record of it. I want to say he said it was a Sears Roebuck from early 1900. I don't know.

Since the head was torn I decided I would take it apart piece by piece, clean it up and… Continue

Added by Tyler Cornett on June 28, 2010 at 0:30 — 1 Comment

My Banjo

I reckon' I'll do a little show and tell session. I'm very happy with my banjo. I recently got it off of eBay from a man in Florida who couldn't keep it any longer because he was retiring and going to live in a boat in the Caribean Sea. He said he got it while in The Bahamas from an old friend of his who said he got the banjo from a calypso musician in Nassau by the name Alphonso "Blind Blake" Higgs I assume after or sometime just before he died in 1986. The banjo was missing the 5th string… Continue

Added by Tyler Cornett on March 5, 2010 at 13:30 — 2 Comments

Hello banjophiles!

I'm Tyler and I'm a banjo frailer. Clawhammer has been my one and only style for about a year and a half and I do love it dearly, but anything old-time appeals to me so I find myself here trying to learn this beautiful classic finger style of banjo playing. I've only been at it a day so far and the very limited bluegrass picking knowledge I have from when I got my first banjo in 2008 is helping a little bit. The video I posted is of the first Emile Grimshaw exercise and it is by no means… Continue

Added by Tyler Cornett on March 5, 2010 at 11:20 — No Comments

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