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What's that effect
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What exactly does Derek Lillywhite do at the end of his "Cornish Dance" recording to pull off that neat effect? I've slowed it down and listened closely but for the life of me I can't figure out…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Oct 7, 2014.

Thalberg connection?
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Here's something to ponder. I recall a (probably apocryphal?) story about Sigismond Thalberg and the banjo, which seems to have been taken up by a number of banjoists in the mid-late 19th century,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Jun 30, 2013.

Thoughts on fretted instrument movements from a worldwide perspective
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I got the idea for this discussion after it was asked whether or not the balalaika was relevant in the realm of Classic Banjo. This is a thought-provoking observation as, for some reason, I had…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks Mar 24, 2013.

And now, for something completely different...
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I've produced an arrangement of a Russian solo, "Ах ты, берёза" (Ah you, birch tree) arranged (or composed) by Pavel Necheporenko. Stylistically, it follows the Russian BMG tradition of producing…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Moss Mar 21, 2013.


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At 7:35 on February 3, 2011, David Wade said…

Mike, if you are UK based then the answer could be to get to one or two of the Rallies and you will find plenty of good quality vintage banjos at sensible prices.


At 8:13am on December 14, 2011, thereallyniceman gave Mike Moss a gift
A big thank you for your had work.. Sit down, chill and have a cold beer on me. Ian
At 8:52pm on February 02, 2012, thereallyniceman gave Mike Moss a gift
At 16:33 on February 11, 2012, Alan Sims said…

hi Mike have i not heard you playing a Chet tune somewhere on video or have i got the wrong person only i have tons of his tabs .regards Alan

At 17:45 on February 15, 2012, Richard Yates said…

<Welcome! Are you Richard Yates, the classical guitarist?>

Hi Mike, Yes. I am browsing for music that might be well-suited for my Transcribers Art column in Soundboard. Classical banjo seems to have a rich and catchy repertoire that guitarists might enjoy exploring. Any composers or compositions that you can suggest?

Richard Yates


At 21:05 on February 15, 2012, Richard Yates said…

Thanks for the tips.  The aufio files are great. The scores on this site are a bit confusing, though. Some include a single part labeled 'solo,' others have, in addition, '2nd banjo' and/or 'piano accompaniment.' Are the 2nd banjo and piano parts alternative accompaniments? Are some of the pieces with only one part 'available' all true solos or are accompaniment parts just missing? Are any of the pieces clearly true solos? Some banjo 'accompaniments' are as elaborate as the 'solo' part and different from the 'piano accompaniment.' So it's unclear to me what is required, what is optional, and what is missing.

'Down Devon Way' has 'solo for banjos,' '2nd banjo acc., arranged by Sheaff' and 'piano acc. by Cammeyer.'


'Andante and Waltz' has a banjo accompaniment 'As played by Cammeyer' and a piano part apparently written by Cammeyer in addition to the banjo part.

Any clarification you can offer on these questions would be a big help.





At 0:23 on February 16, 2012, Richard Yates said…

Very useful info, Mike. Thank you. I will browse and try out some things. (By the way, the Cammeyer 'A Christmas Carol' does have a second banjo part but the index says just one part.)

At 10:40 on February 16, 2012, thereallyniceman said…

Well spotted Richard!   ....FIXED  

Ian, thereallyniceman

At 1:49 on February 18, 2012, Richard Yates said…

Hi again Mike,

I have question about notation. In the Library scores I see instances of, for instance, beamed eighth-notes with the stems down, but with an occasional added upward stem and sixteenth note flag. You can see several on the top line of Morley's 'Mixed Grill'. I assume they are something banjo-specific as I have not seen them before.

Richard Yates

At 8:40 on February 18, 2012, thereallyniceman said…

Hi Richard,

Perhaps I may jump in first?  In banjo music the open 5th string (G) is signified by adding the upward tail to the note (as you see in Mixed Grill). This distinguishes the open 5th string from a G fretted at other positions...   simples!!

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