Minstrel Banjo

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Georgia Medley for Classic Fingerstyle Banjo

Played on a Clifford Essex open backed banjo, here is a medley of five tunes arranged by the famous Joe Morley for Classic Style Banjo. Please excuse the cut...

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Comment by thereallyniceman on August 23, 2011 at 12:41pm

Hi to all you Minstrel Banjophiles.


I run the Classic Banjo Ning site and recently we have had the pleasure of Tim Twiss playing for us. So in return I thought I would pop over here and post a video for your amusement. I hope that it does not break the rules as it is not played Minstrel style as I only play Classic Style, but I chose a medley of old time tunes that I thought may be appropriate, as long as it doesn’t start any more unpleasantness between the North and the South!


John welcomed me here and said that there was no dress code on your site, whereas we on Classic Banjo like to keep up appearances and do have a strict dress code!!!!


But I decided I would dress casually for your video, and have even worn an old bow-tie. I trust that I don’t appear too under-dressed.


I hope that you enjoy the piece. Please excuse the cuts between pieces but this is compiled from a number of lesson videos, which are being prepared to teach the playing of Classic Style solos.


Ian, thereallyniceman



Comment by John Mikenas on August 23, 2011 at 1:11pm

Thanks! --great and enjoyable playing up and down the neck.  Minstrel banjoists DO have a dress code -- our coat lapels must suffice as spare napkins and our shirt collars must tickle the ear lobes!  Don't worry too much about annoying the sections, it's been done before...Marching through Georgia is a great piece right up there with I'm A Good Ol' Rebel!


Comment by John Masciale on August 23, 2011 at 1:13pm
Minstrel banjo - rules??? Ian, that was great! Thanks.
Comment by Tim Twiss on August 23, 2011 at 1:23pm
Thanks for the great video...your humor and your fabulous playing are always welcome!
Comment by Ian Bell on August 29, 2011 at 10:14am
What fun. The arpeggios are worth the price of admission on their own!


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