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TONY BRYAN replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternate picking (Queen of the Burlesque)
"Carrie, QOTB has been in my repertoire since forever and I went back to see how I got over the problem you mention.  It seems I subscribe to Jody's suggestion of thumb on G, second on F, first on E, then slide the first over to C. …"
Jun 24
TONY BRYAN replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Sometimes I simply despair :-)
"Ian, What a coincidence!  The same thing happened to me a while back, when I was just your age: my fingers were uncontrollable bunches of fat little bananas (so different from the spider's legs at the ends of Rob MacKillop's hands…"
May 14
TONY BRYAN replied to Joel Hooks's discussion What The Heck Are Tropical Strings?
"Joel, I hate to see this hang without a reply, so here's my understanding. When I started playing the banjo, particularly the tenor banjo, you had to make sure you wiped down and dried off your strings after each session to avoid rust spots…"
Dec 25, 2018
thereallyniceman commented on TONY BRYAN's photo

The Great Man was not at home when we called.

"Perhaps Tapis is off his final, round the world, concert tour again? Maybe we will see a video masterpiece from the great man?"
Nov 21, 2018
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Nov 20, 2018
TONY BRYAN replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Very sad news. R.I.P. British banjo player John Field
"Yes, that’s the same John Field.  The link is the wunderkind Bill Peck, who was a particular friend who stayed in close touch during his days in America.  I believe Bill is still around somewhere.  Back in the 60’s John…"
Aug 10, 2018
TONY BRYAN replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Very sad news. R.I.P. British banjo player John Field
"John was a very proficient multi-instrumentalist, and you could have easily seen him in a bluegrass band playing, banjo, mandolin, fiddle or guitar.  You might also have seen him from time to time in the orchestra pit of a theatre playing…"
Aug 10, 2018
TONY BRYAN commented on TONY BRYAN's video

John Field Lobsters' Promenade

"Not many people got to see John play classic banjo, so to appreciate the virtuoso we have just lost I have pulled this duet from the archive.  It shows him playing one of his favourite pieces with his characteristic verve and attack.  Why…"
Aug 9, 2018
TONY BRYAN posted a video

John Field Lobsters' Promenade

In Memoriam: John Field plays Porter Steele's 'The Lobsters' Promenade' on an FVE banjo.
Aug 9, 2018
TONY BRYAN commented on thereallyniceman's video

Classic Banjo- The Gunners March

"Oh no!  I was going to do that!  Now no-one will ever see how it should have been played!   In case you hadn’t worked it out, Rob, I am very much kidding.  That’s a lovely job, and your left hand fingers are a show…"
Aug 8, 2018
TONY BRYAN replied to thereallyniceman's discussion F.C. Musselbrook and The London Banjo Club
"Ian, These are real treasures!  Group banjo playing at its very best.  What punch and drive! In many ways, this combination of banjos playing together brings out aspects of the tunes that solos and duos only touch on.  But above all…"
Feb 9, 2018

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