Time again for me to continue in my battle to beat the red eyed video monster.
Sylvia, who do you think won ? ☺

I would like to blame my wife for making me look a twerp in a daft hat and bowtie, Adam Latham for supplying the piano score and Clifford Essex for making and obviously faulty banjo that keeps buzzing and playing the wrong note…. That was a joke for those who don’t get jokes ☺

But I like the tune, despite the stupid title. Emile Grimshaw really did compose some great pieces. Please accept my apologies for the odd buzz and fluff, the wife was putting me off wobbling the canoe. The joy of this site is that it doesn’t matter if your videos are not perfect we all know how difficult it is to play a piece note perfect.

So come on everybody.. Have a go at posting your progress. If an old duffer, like me, can anyone can ☺

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Comment by Jody Stecher on March 16, 2011 at 15:48

Well done, Ian.  You once mentioned to me that  you have always looked older than you are. Your wife (who probably has a name) appears to be about 35. Has she always looked younger than she is?

A few facts about hats and banjos: 

The brim makes the music sound different to the player. A bit more concentrated. The wider the brim the more pronounced the effect.

Earl Scruggs wore his banjo strap over the right shoulder. For years he was emulated in this and there were debates about how this affected the tone quality ..... until one day Earl explained that if he put it over his left shoulder (and therefore over his head first) he would have to take off his hat and put it back on each time he picked up and laid down the banjo and since he also played a few guitar numbers in the band, this was too time consuming and distracting. He thought the left shoulder was more comfortable but when you're a pro the show must go on.

Me, I woulda gone with the comfy option and quit wearing the hat.

Anyway, good tune and well played. 

Comment by Adam on March 16, 2011 at 15:58

Great job Mr and Mrs Nice Man!  :)


Personally I love the hats - and the red bow tie.


Did you vaseline the camera lens, too, to get that dreamy, romatic look? :)




Comment by Mike Moss on March 16, 2011 at 16:12

The whole performance was great, Mr Nice Man and Mrs Nice Lady -- but if there was one thing which finally convinced me to get back to trying to record my playing, it was the epic hat.


My only problem is the lack of equally epic attire. Mustn't let the side down, don't you know...

Comment by thereallyniceman on March 16, 2011 at 16:14

Hey Adam..  vaseline?... no I am just a naturally slippery character :-)

My Imovie program has a feature to make ugly folk slightly less ugly ... so I used that :-)


Jody.. my wife Lynn looks 35?     Smooth talker you are.   I am only 28.. it is living with Lynn that makes me look like this....   ooops, Look out she is coming. I take it all back.

Also I don't think I have to worry too much about the tone from the brim of my straw hat. I am too busy panicking about where the fingers go next and watching the red light staring at me to bother with the tone :-)



Comment by Sylvia on March 16, 2011 at 16:40

Hi Ian, that was great and you certainly beat that Red Eyed Monster into the ground.    


It was nice to see your wife too, makes me feel a little less isolated on here.


Just off to take some photos of my new "old "  banjo so that I can post them. Then down to some practice.





Comment by marc dalmasso on March 16, 2011 at 17:31

Yes 5 for the hats ; for the tune & playing , there are not stars enough ; you play  with much

sensitivity a beautiful tune
Comment by Trapdoor2 on March 16, 2011 at 18:21

As I mentioned over on BHO, the camera was pointed too far left... ;-)


Well done, the both of you. I'm working on "Gypsy Love" but can find neither a suitable bandana nor a knife to hold in my teeth...


If I could find a potted palm that was wider than myself, I'd play from behind it!

Comment by thereallyniceman on March 16, 2011 at 18:56
" As I mentioned over on BHO, the camera was pointed too far left... ;-)  "

I agree Marc! In my last video Lynn's left hand starred briefly and in this one there is a leading role for the back of her head :-)

Also Lynn says it wasn't a smile at the end.... it was a grimace :-)
Comment by Claude L. Medearis on March 21, 2011 at 2:29
I like the hat, but I agree with you on the bow tie. It really should have had some proper polka dots.
Comment by Greg Adams on March 25, 2011 at 21:26

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