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Tarrant Bailey Junior. Probably filmed at Pathe studios, London. Various shots of Tarrant Bailey Junior playing a lively tune on the banjo.
I know that many site members will have seen TBj videos before, but those new to the style may like to see the great Tarrant Bailey Junior playing live.
Now that Pathe have released ALL their videos on Youtube we can see how Classic Style was played by probably the greatest of all the 20 Century classic banjo recording artists.
Now that is "Classic" classic banjo playing !!
TBj's Weaver with its Australian arm rest always amuses me too :-)
Yes,, why did he have the armrest in this position?
My guess would be that his banjo came fitted with what looks like an adjustable Vega Armrest (The most uncomfortable type of armrest in the world, in my opinion) and TBj thought "If I take it off I will only lose it... so I will stick it up here for safe keeping"
His speed and execution are all the more amazing when you notice he blazes through Jacko on Parade using only two fingers for the most part! Now that's orthodox Morley.
One thing I do find really amazing is that his bridge doesn't fly across the room when he plays those rasps!
That was a tip that I learned from TBj in the 1970's (even though S S Stewart had the idea first)...
Sprinkle a pinch of powdered violin bow rosin under the bridge feet and the increased friction makes it stick to the spot and totally immune to the fiercest rasp.
Dont forget to take in consideration that this is a play back ; the sound has been taken separately and may be speeded ; who knows ?
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