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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Osterman on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 03:40 pm:

Before I got into early photography I was a musical instrument maker. Also restored many. Here is a classic 1890s S. S. Stewart banjo strung with gut strings. I'm playing what is now called "classic" finger style banjo as it would have been recorded by Fred Van Eps or Vess Ossman on Edison cylinder and diamond disc records well into the 1920s. It's neither jazz [as for tenor banjo] or bluegrass as there are no repetitive rolls. More like classical guitar. One reads actual sheet music to learn these tunes.

Sorry for the poor visual ... this video was made with my old phone a few years ago, but the audio is good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_wzcgWeUvs


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Steve Jelf, Parkerfield KS on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 04:02 pm:


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kenneth W DeLong on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 04:24 pm:

Thank you!!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Wayne Sheldon, Grass Valley, CA on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 04:27 pm:

Very nice.
Thank you.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By John Codman on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 05:34 pm:

Great video! Thanks for the posting. If I had any music talent whatsoever, Banjo is the instrument that I would choose to play.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Osterman on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 05:47 pm:

Thanks. Well that is an odd style of playing on an odd instrument to begin with. Probably 10,000 guitar players for every banjo player. Kinda like model T enthusiasts.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Gary Schreiber- Santa Isabel Ecuador on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 05:52 pm:

Wonderful, thank you !


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bill Harper - Keene, NH on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 05:54 pm:

Hi Mark,

Thank you for sharing. I liked that. Bill


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Duey_C on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 05:58 pm:

After my first listen, I was down in the woods putzing with the TT and it's a good song to have playing in one's head.
Thanks for posting!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Marty Bufalini - Grosse Pointe, MI on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 06:07 pm:

Wow!!! Love it, the song and, the style! Thanks!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dallas landers on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 06:12 pm:

Duey, in your head is ok. Hearing banjo's in your woods, not so good!
Nice video Mark. My parents have played music all their life. I grew up with it. Played myself untill I had a fight with a table saw. Fingers just dont work the same.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By John Semprez-Templeton, CA on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 07:54 pm:

Mark, Thanks, just thanks.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Lynn on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 10:31 pm:

Thank you, bluegrass is a favorite around here.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By George n LakeOzark,Missourah on Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 12:27 am:


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Osterman on Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 09:22 am:

Mark ... I also play bluegrass too. Here is a little sampler from my facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/mark.osterman.3/videos/1495275370503338/


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dallas landers on Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 09:24 am:

Would like to hear it but no facebook!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bruce Compton on Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 10:06 am:

Hey Mark, check out Junior Barber's tune called "Sunflower" (u-tube). I play Dobro in a bluegrass band and Junior was a close friend. How about bringing a instrument to Hershey next year and we could have a few tunes. Cheers : Bruce


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Rich Bingham, Blackfoot, Idaho on Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 11:40 am:

Very fine ! Thanks, Mark.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jem Bowkett, Spalding United Kingdom on Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 05:21 pm:

The classic banjo was very popular in England in the late 1800s through into the 1920s. Olly Oakley was a prolific recording artist, other famous names were Joe Morley, Emile Grimshaw & Clifford Essex. If you've read 3 Men in a Boat you'll know George tortured his companions with his banjo.
I have a fine c1930 English banjo by the best English maker Alfred Weaver but I play very badly so no videos!

For more info
Classic-banjo.ning.com


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By James G Fisher III Peachtree City, GA on Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 05:42 pm:

Very cool. I love banjo music. Mostly blue grass


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bill Dugger on Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 05:53 pm:

Mark: After you played I pulled up Merle Haggards Last tune Kern River, and it is a great song! Thank you for your Banjo playing Keep it going


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Rob Heyen - Eastern Nebraska on Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 06:13 pm:

Mark, that's great..... thank you for posting. I sent the link on to a few friends who loved it too.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Osterman on Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 06:53 pm:

Hi Jem,

Yes, the English banjo had a tunneled fifth string that allowed the instrument to look symmetrical since it had a guitar style headstock. I used to play one of these as a zither banjo with steel strings. That piece I played in the video was based on a version I first learned from a Grimshaw method book. Also subscribed to the British publication BMG back when I was in college. Do you play?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jem Bowkett, Spalding United Kingdom on Friday, October 20, 2017 - 11:59 am:

The zither banjo was said to be invented in 1869 by an English guitar maker to imitate the zither, hence the guitar head & neck.



My Weaver looks very like a folk banjo, friction pegs, nickel hoop. It was steel strung when I got it (a gift from my father about 50 yrs ago) and I was into bluegrass & folk. Sadly I proved to have little talent for making music, so only played for my own amusement. Hey,where's the challenge in doing something if you find it easy?



Life intervened so I didn't play for years then I found the Classic Banjo site and restrung the instrument with nylon so it sounds like yours Mark. I started relearning from the video tutorials - one of the first tunes I am learning is the one you played - Sunflower Dance.


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