Hi Grace, nice to see another female face. I joined a few days ago, I'm an absolute beginner though. There dosn't seem to be many of us girls around, but I like reading the chat and watching the videos. A bit overawed by the brilliant playing. :-)
Welcome to the site. I like your profile photo -- could you post a larger version in the "Harpers Ferry" thread? I'm trying to remember who was there, and I think everybody is in your photo except the young lad -- I guess his mom spirited him away before the picture was taken. I don't remember that boy's name, nor that of the lady from Arlington (Vivian?); don't know where Roberta is from, don't know her last name, nor Irving's -- may have everybody else pegged, if not necessarily spelled right.
Dick Hulan ("razyn," on most forums)
OK, I'll wait for Melinda, or maybe send her a tickler. Front row is you, Maggie Adams, Roberta ___, Irving ___ from Mount Holly NJ. Second row: Greg Adams, Tim Twiss, Cynthia Connolly, Frank Diebold (DeBow? unsure of the spelling) from Savannah GA, and Chuck Krepley from Waynesboro PA. Back row is Lucas Bowman from Appalachian State in Boonsboro NC, Dave Kirschner from Fallston MD, Richard Greene (face behind Cynthia's banjo) is a librarian at the Smithsonian, and Dick Hulan from Springfield VA.
Hi Grace, I believe there is quite a thriving Banjo Community in the UK but I don't know enough about it to say what styles they play... I myself like the 5 string finger style. A couple of people I know play 4 string plectrum, but I just don't feel comfortable using a plectrum. I am still trying the very easy pieces from a couple of tutor books and won't be anything like good enough to join in with any banjo group for a while yet. Hopefully next year I will be able to go to some of the rallys that they have over here. Liked your photo from Harpers Ferry.
I have been looking at and thinking of buying the" Briggs Banjo Instructor" reprint on the "Elderly"site, it dosn't have tab and I am using Tab for Banjo because I find it qicker to read than notation, but I still like to see the notation above and Joseph Weidlich is Tab only. So big decisions, do I buy the Briggs and Tab it myself, or buy the Weidlich and forgo the notation. Think I might sleep on that one.
It seem that there is to be a Banjo Festival over here in October so I might try and get to that one.
Hi Grace, I think you are right, I will go for the reprints with the music notation. Have just looked at Bob Winans site and think I may go for the Rice and Buckley books first and then later get the Briggs.
Thank you for your kind offer of some of the music. Myemail address is firstname.lastname@example.org but if you have any problems sending it, don't worry, I have quite a bit to be going on with, I am trying to memorise Spanish Fandango at the moment. I think it was Tim who played it on the video and I liked it.
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