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Parker Buckley
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  • Yellow Springs, OH
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  • 3+ years
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Recording Suggestions?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Parker Buckley Apr 6, 2015. 4 Replies

I would appreciate suggestions for recording programs and tools, should I gather the courage to want to post a song or two at some point.  I have a good webcam and a high quality USB mic, which I…Continue

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Parker Buckley replied to Meade A. Breese's discussion Bell Banjos
"This might be a good place to insert a message about selling my Bell Boucher, built by Terry (not a kit).  It's a little over two years old and played very little.  Comes with a like-new Alpine gig bag.  Please pm me if…"
Jun 29
Parker Buckley replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion need to learn one more thing about my new Boucher
"Yep. Mine is the same; seems to be traditional."
Feb 25
Parker Buckley commented on Mark Weems's video
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Butler's Jig, Converse 1865

"Very cool.  Mark, can you assign some sort of time-frame to your Early Banjo Style?  Minstrel era, maybe based on one of the tutors, your interpretation of earlier styles, or?  "
Jan 7, 2016
Parker Buckley replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion "Down"
"Thank you, Mark!  My initial response to Tim's topic mentioned Round Peak style.  Listening to Kyle Creed or Wade Ward, I can't help be hear similarities.  Not so with Clarence Ashley and some of the others.  It's…"
Jan 6, 2016
Parker Buckley replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion "Down"
"When I was taking lessons from Dan Gellert, he stressed coming down through the intended string with the index or middle finger (somewhat toward the head), and simultaneously landing on the fifth string like loading a spring. Then on the way back up…"
Jan 6, 2016
Parker Buckley replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion "Down"
"Here's an old video of Adam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dj3deHTeVk . Here's Dan Gellert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHX9RzNzFGo I see Dan using his wrist a little more than his exaggerated motion he showed me, but…"
Jan 4, 2016
Parker Buckley replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion "Down"
"It was interesting to watch Kathy Fink.  I was surprised at how much wrist motion she uses.  I took lessons from Dan Gellert for a little while, before deciding I needed someone to come down to my level to get me started, and his style was…"
Jan 4, 2016
Parker Buckley replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion "Down"
"Okay, this is really helpful.  I did exactly as you described, playing out of Weidlich's version of Briggs and slowed down to get the strokes as called out.  With repetition I could keep it going, but I'd revert back to…"
Jan 4, 2016
Parker Buckley replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion "Down"
"I've been looking for a discussion like this, but didn't know how to kick it off or what may have been discussed before.  I'm interested in differences between stroke style and Round Peak clawhammer style as played by Adam Hurt…"
Jan 3, 2016
Parker Buckley replied to Strumelia's discussion CarolinaChocolateDrops Interview- Bones and minstrel banjo
"I agree.  She finally gets down to it, while at the same time they all honor that period of our musical history."
Aug 17, 2015
Parker Buckley replied to Strumelia's discussion CarolinaChocolateDrops Interview- Bones and minstrel banjo
"I really, really enjoyed watching this.  I appreciate their music, of course, but also their treatment of the attitudes surrounding the music during the minstrelsy period.  This is a good reference for helping me explain to others my…"
Aug 17, 2015
Parker Buckley liked Strumelia's discussion CarolinaChocolateDrops Interview- Bones and minstrel banjo
Aug 17, 2015
Parker Buckley replied to Parker Buckley's discussion Recording Suggestions?
"Ah, excellent.  Thanks."
Apr 6, 2015
Strumelia replied to Parker Buckley's discussion Recording Suggestions?
"I recommend uploading your videos to Youtube first, editing them there as you like using the YT editing features....then adding them here via pastin in the video's YT url (not the embed code)...so you get your video's thumbnail included…"
Apr 6, 2015
Parker Buckley replied to Parker Buckley's discussion Recording Suggestions?
"Thanks, Stumelia!  I had decided not to pester people any more here about recording.  I think I asked my questions right in the middle of a much more interesting discussion.  It appears that the combination of my Logitech webcam and…"
Apr 6, 2015
Strumelia replied to Parker Buckley's discussion Recording Suggestions?
"Hi Parker, I can only speak from my own experience.  I have a pretty high end webcam on my desktop, but I found it never had good synchronization ability between sound and video when it comes to music recording...there was always a tiny lag…"
Apr 5, 2015

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
Came across it on the web while looking for info on converting my Goodtime to nylon strings.
How long have you played banjo?
3+ years
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Brooks open back, Enoch Tradesman, Bell Boucher, a mountain banjo, a gourd banjo, one I made with Remo hand drum.

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At 8:36pm on January 4, 2015, Christopher Stetson said…

Welcome Parker.  You have a venerable banjo name!

At 10:20pm on January 4, 2015, Parker Buckley said…

Thank you!  Naturally I ordered Buckley's 1860 book as soon as I found out about it.  I would love to find out that I'm somehow related.  I'm really looking forward to trying Minstrel banjo.

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