A waltz special 2 (Bijou Waltz and Student Waltz)

These simple tunes are from the "WM.C Stahl´s International Banjo Method" and the "Weidt´s Elementary Studies for banjos" and were played in a SS Stewart´s Thoroughbred banjo (I just love how it sounds!).

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Comment by German David Patarroyo on June 18, 2013 at 4:27

A small contribution in the great set of videos of Marc. Enjoy it! :)

Comment by thereallyniceman on June 20, 2013 at 18:06

Very good German and a nice rhythm coming through too...  soon be playing a bit of ragtime ;-)

Comment by thereallyniceman on June 30, 2013 at 11:23

German, I watched through your video again and would like to make a suggestion that may be useful to you and other players new to Classic Style. 

We always have heated discussion as to "How Classic Banjo should sound" and now we can have heated discussion as how to get that sound.

If you look at the following Classic Style greats you will notice that they all play nearer the bridge than you are doing. This gives the brighter and typical snappy classic tone.

Try playing a bit closer  and hear the difference. 






You don't have to pick close all the time, but the old timers made that their starting point, moving nearer the finger board for different tonal contrast. Watch Jody play on his videos and you can see him do this.


You produce a nice mellow sound from the Throughbred  but it will spring to life when played closer to the bridge.

Keep them coming, it is great to see your progress!!

Comment by German David Patarroyo on July 1, 2013 at 21:53

Thanks for the advise Ian!. I had been working on the field all these weeks (I am a geologist), therefore I have not had any chance to practice....:(...Despite of that I will follow your advise in the next video :)

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