You and a Canoe • A romance from classic banjo composer Emile Grimshaw (1880-1943). Learned and interpreted from various recordings and sources, so I take so...

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Comment by Adam Siegler on July 23, 2022 at 14:27

Hey guys, I'm new to the world of classic banjo. Looking to learn as much as I can, any feedback or tips greatly appreciated! 

Comment by Trapdoor2 on July 23, 2022 at 18:46

First, you've got the wrong uniform on. There are elderly Brits here that may be writing to the Times right now regarding your playing in bathing attire. ;-)

I like your playing...and the Special Thoroughbred. Nicely done! The romantic interpretation is a little "over the top" in the pauses/fermata but frankly, it works quite well.

It is amusing to see the acting job. I'm so used to seeing banjoista make videos using the "great stone face" method or the "gurning" method that seeing someone projecting emotional content to the camera is, well, very different.

Looking forward to the next one.

Comment by carrie horgan on July 24, 2022 at 7:02

I think it's great, I hope you post more CB tunes - there are so many cool tunes that people don't know about.  Spread the word.

Comment by thereallyniceman on July 24, 2022 at 14:32

Very good and relaxed playing. Perhaps I should get some shorts but maybe they would clash with my bow-tie and I don't want a glimpse of my knees to the give the ladies the vapours ;-)

Old Emile sure did knock out some great tunes and this is a favourite of mine and Mrsthereallyniceman.

As Marc suggests about playing styles, I am one who subscribes to the "Gurning" school of Classic Banjo playing. Your style is very refreshing with only a rare flash of panic. :-)

Great stuff. Keep them coming.

Comment by Adam Siegler on July 24, 2022 at 20:02

Thank you all. 
New to this style of playing, I never really noticed my silly faces when I play. I guess just how I be feeling it ykno. And props to y’all wearing the suit and ties in this summer heat I’d probably die doing that. I got a couple more tunes I’ve been working on that I’ll post soon. Please let me kno at anytime if my technique looks whack. I’m here to learn as much as I can from y’all and everything helps. 

Comment by Trapdoor2 on July 25, 2022 at 15:01

Well, props to you for taking it all in good humor!

Keep exploring this style, it is full of surprising and interesting tunes. Feelin' it is part of the fun. I have to concentrate so hard on my playing that I often look like I'm not moving...

Comment by John Cohen on Friday

Nice playing. I for one enjoyed your interpretation. It's not 1900 anymore and a little rubato is just what classic style playing needs to propel it into the modern era.

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