For enthusiasts of early banjo
Andantino in G Major, composed by Ferdinando Carulli and published in 1825. Performed on guitar, banjo and bass banjo.
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is there any guitar and banjo tab or sheet music of what you played?
where and what can I find out about a bass banjo?
thanks, it really adds to the sound.
Hi Tom, I am curious as to the evidence that you have about bass banjos in the mid century. All that have seen shows them to be the product of the Banjo Clubs of the late 1880s with S. S. Stewart leading the other manufacturers on producing them. Thomas Armstrong was one of the big promoters of the "Cello Banjo" (what they called what we call a "bass" banjo) used in clubs or "orchestras" and wrote a series of articles for the Stewart Journal about proper decided accompaniment with the cello playing the root note and the 2nd banjos playing the chords on the next beat.
Hi Joel, there is not a lot of evidence (as I alluded) but I have spotted a few old newpaper articles that mention very large banjos. This is one of my favorites from the year 1858: http://minstrelbanjo.ning.com/photo/a-monster-concert-interrupted-1...
Okay now I understand. I think a "large banjo" had a different role than a true octave low bass or cello banjo. There was a common concept of pitching (I don't use "tuning") the banjo to suit the size. There was also the common novelty act that would use special instruments to draw a crowd.
I might have been taking your use of "bass banjo" literally, in the way a bass horn or violin is related to the bass banjo in a ensemble. That was a product of the late 1880s.
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