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Alternate picking (Queen of the Burlesque)
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Hello - just asking for help on alternate picking in Queen of the Burlesque. In the first measure, there are two triplets and I am finding the fingering difficult on the second one.  The section I am…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by carrie horgan Jun 25.

One for the smokers...
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I am really enjoying reading the old BMG's.  Apparently the staff of BMG were very impressed with this 'ingenious device' and bought a stockpile to sell to readers for a shilling each (BMG 1918 05) -…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pär Engstrand May 4.

Most Popular Classic Banjo Tunes
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I'm interested in what were the most popular classic banjo tunes during the golden age of classic banjo (1880s to 1920).  I am particularly interested in tunes written specifically for the banjo.  I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by carrie horgan May 6.

Zither banjo help
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I'm going on holiday to Kent in a few weeks and noticed on Ebay that there is a Zither banjo near where I am staying.  I wondered what you make of the condition of the fretboard - the inlays are good…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by carrie horgan May 4.

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carrie horgan commented on German David Patarroyo's video
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A banjo duet

"Look forward to that German"
Aug 5
carrie horgan commented on German David Patarroyo's video
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A banjo duet

"Lovely playing German - nice to hear the pieces played with both parts."
Aug 4
carrie horgan commented on Paul Draper's video
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Whistling Rufus

"Sounds great.  I need to re-learn this one.  Like the sound of your banjo - are you playing a Vega?"
Aug 4
carrie horgan replied to thereallyniceman's discussion 5 string Banjo America’s National Instrument.
"Just thought I would share a link to this 'Banjo-istics' album - it has some extra tracks on it.  Bill Bowen's playing is…"
Aug 4
carrie horgan replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternate picking (Queen of the Burlesque)
"Not quibblesome, that's helpful Jody.  That makes sense.  Thanks!"
Jun 25
Jody Stecher replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternate picking (Queen of the Burlesque)
"To be clear, and not quibblesome, though it may appear that way, using the index on the C would not be using the index "again".   It would be the same stroke that played the previous string.  Just drag it from string one to…"
Jun 25
carrie horgan replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternate picking (Queen of the Burlesque)
"Thanks for your input Tony.  That was how I was approaching it but I was worried that hitting the C with the index again was 'wrong.'  I like Ian's suggestion of playing the F to E with a snap (and in the next bar) the E to…"
Jun 25
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
thereallyniceman replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternate picking (Queen of the Burlesque)
"Thank you Jody. I din't know that you could slow down Youtube videos like that!  Very useful tip."
Jun 14
Jody Stecher replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternate picking (Queen of the Burlesque)
"He's definitely using the middle finger on the first string and then doing the snap to the next note before using the index on string 2.  If you click on the little gear icon in the lower right corner of a youtube screen you can slow down…"
Jun 13
Trapdoor2 replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternate picking (Queen of the Burlesque)
"I tried it last night...I prefer the snaps (which are my generic default anyway, seeing as how I play a lot of clawhammer and stroke style too). Don't forget the G harmonic on the 5th string, 17th fret? It sounds out very clearly."
Jun 13
carrie horgan replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternate picking (Queen of the Burlesque)
"That's a good video - I like the fact they are playing at a moderate pace.  It's hard to tell whether a snap is used but I think a snap works well.  Jody's tip about thinking of the hand motion as a forward roll is also…"
Jun 13
thereallyniceman replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternate picking (Queen of the Burlesque)
"Hey Carrie, it looks like Eric Stefanelli uses a snap but I can't really see it clearly. What do you think? I tried Jody's reverse roll and that works fine when you get used to it too!"
Jun 13
Jody Stecher replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternate picking (Queen of the Burlesque)
"Thinking in new ways helps me solve problems.  Sometimes that approach works for other people.  : -)"
Jun 13
carrie horgan replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternate picking (Queen of the Burlesque)
"Thanks Jody - thinking of it as a forward/reverse roll may help me get over the 'index-first string' block. I've always liked this tune - it has a kind of lovely lilting flow to it when played well.  Hopefully I will be able to…"
Jun 12
Jody Stecher replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternate picking (Queen of the Burlesque)
"The first three notes of the measure are a long G, a short F, and E at the start of the triplet. If you play the G with the thumb and then  the F on the first string it is natural to want to play the F with the middle because the middle is…"
Jun 12

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Hello again...and some playlists

I have been a way for a while - I got distracted trying to learn some AJ Weidt pieces on the tenor banjo - but I now have the itch to start playing the 5-string banjo again.   

I thought I'd share some Playlists I created on YouTube for Sunday listening/watching: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLb6ujCgXt0SQrmdTyZ3WOJqLe2h2HxeYJ

Here is another one which is more ragtime…

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Posted on November 5, 2017 at 9:00

The Bell Chimes

A pretty little tune - this is the Herbert J Ellis version (but with the Dobson intro).  Hope you like this one, Ian (our resident Bell Ringer)

https://soundcloud.com/banjopickingal-1/the-bell-chimes

Edit by Ian:

I have added a Music player for Carrie's recording.

Very nice indeed Carrie, and a nice sounding banjo too. You sound better than my Handbell Ringing Team…

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Posted on November 1, 2014 at 15:00 — 8 Comments

Comment Wall (6 comments)

At 19:03 on February 5, 2014, Alan Sims said…

hI Carrie , I realized after I asked you ,but that would be great . my email is jazzman3@btinternet.com

At 11:33 on February 6, 2014, Alan Sims said…

Thank you Carrie. I have put it in my learning folder.Have you tried zither banjo schottische .The tab is in library under David Wade nice tune and not to hard to play .

At 19:56 on March 10, 2015, Keith Wilson said…
Hello Carrie, Just watched your video, playing "The Jubillee".
Your playing sounds very tasteful on my old Stewart Banjeurine,
I recently sold it to Kevin @ Findajo !
Regards-Keith
At 18:45 on November 8, 2017, IAN SALTER said…

Hi Carrie,

I have really enjoyed playing stroke style from the Briggs' book on my tackhead but I'm finding the classic style much more satisfying, even at this very early stage. I'm taking it very slowly, working from 'Ellis's Thorough School' and as I'm retired, I have plenty of time to practice. I really do appreciate your offer of help.

If you, or any fellow players live near me and might fancy meeting up occasionally, please message me. I live near Eastbourne, East Sussex. I also travel to Oxfordshire every couple of weeks for a camping weekend so I could make a brief detour.

Best wishes, Ian.

At 16:48 on January 27, 2019, Clarke Buehling said…

Hi Carrie.

I started a msg to you, but my finger hit a button somewhere...away it went. You mentioned you liked City Point Jig. If you would like a copy I can send it or post it on this site somewhere. It's in "A" notation. Clarke

At 16:13 on April 24, 2019, Grace van't Hof said…

Thanks for the kind words, Carrie! I'm really enjoying getting to know this music so far!

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