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Rob Mohr
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  • Milford, VA
  • United States
  • 7 years
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Blue Bell Valse - Buckley

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob Mohr Sep 2. 8 Replies

Been working on BBV lately. I STINK with barre chords, fretted or unfretted. That aside, anyone have any tips rolling from the 10th measure into the 11th and 12th measures?? I struggle getting from…Continue

Joe Sweeny Convergence - Appomattox, VA

Started Aug 25 0 Replies

Anyone know if the Sweeny Convergence is on this year the weekend after Labor Day??Also, any word about the Antietam Convergence at Renfrew??Continue

New Strike Adjustments

Started this discussion. Last reply by Timothy Twiss Feb 23. 1 Reply

Long time, no talk...I haven't posted in quite a while. I've been sidetracked by my open back banjo. In doing so, I noticed something curious...Usually, I'm a middle finger striker. For…Continue

Need ideas

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob Mohr Oct 28, 2020. 2 Replies

hey folks, I need a couple tunes. I've been in a bit of malaise and my nose stuck in books too much. And, I need to get back into the groove.So, I'm taking tune ideas. I typically work on two at a…Continue

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Rob Mohr replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Blue Bell Valse - Buckley
"Joel, thanks for the references!! I've just been leaning on my early bluegrass lessons (before I was introduced to frailing & minstrel). I also have the 2 Finger Banjo series (index lead, thumb lead, & mixed) by Sebastian Schroeder.…"
Sep 2
Joel Hooks replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Blue Bell Valse - Buckley
"Right, and at the 19th measure where it says "7th fret" I will hold that at 5th position stopping the D with my 3rd and the F# with my 4th fingers. Learning position playing as a habit is a good thing and one begins to identify patterns as…"
Sep 2
Trapdoor2 replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Blue Bell Valse - Buckley
"Poo. I meant to add my tab from Buckley's Guide For The Banjo, 1868. Includes the arpeggios and I think it closer to the original...but again, neither better nor worse than Tim's, just different."
Sep 1
Trapdoor2 replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Blue Bell Valse - Buckley
"That stab at the 7th fret, 1st string is so common that you might as well "Buckley down" and get it comfortable. ;-) Yah, Tim's version is pretty close to the original...but it is the way Tim plays it. For example, I might play…"
Sep 1
Rob Mohr replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Blue Bell Valse - Buckley
"I've messed around with guitar style a bit, but not as much as I've played it stroke style. I'll dedicate a more time to trying the guitar style and see how it goes. I tend to stay away from guitar style for whatever reason. Probably…"
Sep 1
Joel Hooks replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Blue Bell Valse - Buckley
"I'll leave it to Tim to comment then... it is not noted that way in the music.   FWIW I would play this piece guitar style. "
Sep 1
Rob Mohr replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Blue Bell Valse - Buckley
"Here are the 11th & 12th measures from Tim's Buckley 1868 book."
Sep 1
Joel Hooks replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Blue Bell Valse - Buckley
"Series of slurs?  I only see one slur, a snap.https://archive.org/details/buckleysbanjogui00buck/page/28/mode/2up"
Sep 1
Rob Mohr posted a discussion

Blue Bell Valse - Buckley

Been working on BBV lately. I STINK with barre chords, fretted or unfretted. That aside, anyone have any tips rolling from the 10th measure into the 11th and 12th measures?? I struggle getting from the 7th "fret" with my ring finger into the series of pulloffs and a hammer on. I think the pinky stretch to the 7th might work, but I'm not too accurate with that. And yes, I know that's what practice is for :PSee More
Aug 31
Rob Mohr posted a discussion

Joe Sweeny Convergence - Appomattox, VA

Anyone know if the Sweeny Convergence is on this year the weekend after Labor Day??Also, any word about the Antietam Convergence at Renfrew??See More
Aug 25
Rob Mohr replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion What are you working on?
"I've been working through some Converse and Buckley. I do have a couple of books full of tunes in notation. I need to "translate" them, hoping it leads to reading the notation. And, I need to get back into the habit of making…"
Aug 14
Rob Mohr replied to Jim Robertson's discussion Bell Boucher action question
"Where in VA?? I live in Bowling Green, Caroline County, between Fredericksburg & Richmond."
Aug 1
Rob Mohr replied to Jim Robertson's discussion Bell Boucher action question
"Jim, I have a Bell Stichter. The string height on it is really low. Not buzzy, but any heat or humidity and it becomes nearly unplayable, no matter how tight I wrench the head, which I absolutely hate to do. I also switched bridges to something…"
Aug 1
Timothy Twiss replied to Rob Mohr's discussion New Strike Adjustments
"Always feels good to overcome a stumbling block.....good luck "
Feb 23
Rob Mohr commented on Paul Draper's video
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Roaring River. A Refrain of the Red River Plantation.

"That's fun, snappy tune...brightens up the day!!"
Feb 22
Rob Mohr posted a discussion

New Strike Adjustments

Long time, no talk...I haven't posted in quite a while. I've been sidetracked by my open back banjo. In doing so, I noticed something curious...Usually, I'm a middle finger striker. For whatever reason, I started striking with my pointer/index. I noticed the tone wasn't nearly as "muddy". It's clearer, crisper. I haven't decided if it's an anatomical difference, or I'm not as deep into the stings, or something else.So, in some ways, I'm kind of starting over. The 2-3 millimeters is a HUGE…See More
Feb 22

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minstrelbanjo.com
How long have you played banjo?
7 years
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Bell Stichter, Backyard Music fretted & fretless, Carver Gourd, Flint Hills resonator

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At 12:24pm on August 31, 2018, Tom Taggart said…

Rob, I am sure your family will enjoy the day. Looking forward to meeting you there.

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