After all the discussions on the group by the girlie brigade of players on tonal quality and delicate finger ends I decided to recruit my wife to help me produce a video of me playing my new Clifford Essex Paragon killing machine.

This is the Joe Morley composition Circus Parade and I was given playing suggestions by Tarrant Bailey Junior personally after he saw me play it as a competition piece …. so you know what to expect !! ☺

Of course I play it too loudly with as much tonal variation and “mellifluosity” as banging two dustbin lids together, but I love it ☺

I have practiced it recently but obviously not enough so still manage to make a few bummers in it, but after 3 or 4 video “takes” I start to lose the will to live.. so here it is warts and all!

Many thanks to my wife Lynn for playing along and not complaining at all about me practising it over and over and over again… what do you think about that, Marc S ?

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Comment by Adam on October 6, 2010 at 15:04
Another great video, Ian. That Paragon is a beast - for all the best reasons.

Kind of your wife to join you, too ... Lovely to have a duet partner.
Comment by Trapdoor2 on October 6, 2010 at 15:44
Ian said:

"Many thanks to my wife Lynn for playing along and not complaining at all about me practising it over and over and over again… what do you think about that, Marc S ?"

I am envious, of course; esp. that she would deign to accompany you on the piano. I must admit, however, that I do wax a bit hyperbolic regarding my ever-suffering banjo-hating wife. She hasn't hit me with a skillet in ages! At least, not for playing the banjo. ;-)

I love "Circus Parade", great tune and well played. You have one of the finest sounding set of dustbin lids I've heard. I am concerned about your fingertips though. After such a performance, I should think mine would require replacing!

Too bad I can't find a suit like that. All the local tailors have recommend I visit a sail-loft or a tentmaker...
Comment by Sylvia on October 6, 2010 at 15:46
This audience, didn't notice any bummers, thought it was great, especially as your wife was playing too.
Comment by thereallyniceman on October 6, 2010 at 19:53
Thanks Rob. I agree totally about the weakness of the thumb bass solo section. As I said in an another post my technique is wrong as I am pushing the string sideways rather than downwards. I know what is wrong, but in all the excitement and blur of notes, spit and bullets everything flashes by :)

I will concentrate on a few pieces with strong bass solo parts and work on my thumb technique and will pick less hard with the fingers. Thanks for pointing it out.

The Paragon is not the best for bass as the hoop is 11" but then the tubaphone type tone ring sits inside it making the effective vellum diameter around 10+" , which does not give the best bass. Out with my C.E. Professional 12" !

Next time Lynn gets a starring role. We couldn't fit us both in the camera frame without having it mounted too far away. She even got dressed up and turned to the camera with a big smile at the end too ...pity really :-)
Comment by Jason Smith on October 6, 2010 at 22:58
Great job. Nice balance with piano.
Comment by Carl Anderton on October 6, 2010 at 23:06
What a pleasure to listen to. I remember why I like the banjo so much when I hear Ian play.
Comment by marc dalmasso on October 7, 2010 at 13:06
Yes the killing_machine has a good_killer ' driver . Bravo to your wife and what a wonderful composition by joe Morley ; Yet , there ' s a dark cloud , Ian ; don ' t you know that Pythagore , jean philippe Rameau & J S Bach are not friends with Roland ...
Comment by Douglas Back on November 23, 2010 at 3:51
I like it! And I love your presentation, the bow tie, the decorum- flowers in the background etc. it really fits the style. You play verywell Mr. Nice Man. Keep posting!

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