Started this discussion. Last reply by Dena Lee Jun 2, 2011. 3 Replies 0 Likes
Family of Kora I was talking with a member of an other banjo group. He suggested a tuning for tenor banjo that seems to suit my…Continue
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Check out photos from the workshop I am currently attending with Jeff Menzies at his studio in Ontario. What a thrill.…Continue
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I am happy to announce that my CD is now available online at www.cdbaby.com/cd/denalee. I have felt welcomed and encouraged by this group. For that I…Continue
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Welcome! this is a great site, lots of good people & tons of info, have fun!
Just caught the tunes from your recording.... In my opinion they are fabulous!!! It is so delightful to see/hear original composition, lyrics and performance with an early style fretless banjo. I very much enjoy contemporary narrative song writing and performance. And wow!! What a fine looking banjo!
I think what struck me is the contrast between the antique and the contemporary without viewing the antique as an artifact but rather as a viable instrument. and then combining it with a narative voice speaking of the now. If that makes any sense. I don't think of the banjo as a particularly mellow instruement... Kind of harsh in fact. I viewed the performance as kind of minimalist in that it was sparce and a little raw. I will listen to them again to clarify my feelings but to me your performance was quite unusual both in tone and content. I am always thrilled when I am surprised, and I was surprised.
I play, (tenor banjo and mandolin primarily) but mainly for myself, or maybe, as my wife might say, to irritate her.... (joke!). I am fairly skilled and have a good ear, but tend to clench up when trying to play for others and would never attempt to sing for an audience.... Thus I haven't gotten up the courage to submit anything, but I love the idea of the contemporary narrative as heard in your tunes.
Welcome aboard - It's great to have some new members who aren't grey-bearded middle-aged men. (not that there's anything wrong with that!) I enjoyed your tunes on Myspace.
I'm not middle-aged. I was born in 1945, so I'm probably considered "old".
Hi Dena, No , no recordings I'm afraid, have been known to strum a guitar and sing along to it, but havn't got my fingers around Banjo accompaniments just yet, I am practicing though : )
Jimmie Stothers sings and plays Cripple Creek. Thank you, Mr. Lomax!
His accompaniment sounds quite complicated to me, with the guitar I just strum sometimes and sometimes just arpeggio.
I like the look of your tackhead banjo. I've just been buying a new "old " Classic banjo and would like to get a gourd banjo in the not too distant future. I like the sound of the lower tuning for singing.
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