Minstrel Banjo

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Rick Ceballos and Matt Witten playing early banjo tune from the minstrel era

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Comment by Steve Jeter on June 4, 2012 at 12:02pm

 I especially like how you sung on Juba,  Ive heard Clark Buehling doing it on   Out of His Gourd, and hope to try it myself sometime,  again kudos

Comment by Steve Jeter on June 4, 2012 at 12:15pm

If you think I mean  " if you dont post vids , you cant comment"  that is NOT at all what I meant.

Comment by Greg Adams on June 4, 2012 at 12:40pm

Wow! This is a wonderful video--resfreshingly creative and incorporating such a wonderful dynamic between the banjo and percussion. More please!

Comment by rick Ceballos on June 4, 2012 at 1:06pm

Thanks for all the nice comments. It is encouraging to get so many positive responses. I'm a little surprised at the discussion that has resulted. I'm not the analytical type so don't usually engage in most of the discussions. I tend to feel my way along letting the inherent vitality of these tunes come through. Although I don't participate much, I do enjoy the site and the many swell players. I have learned a lot

Comment by Carl Anderton on June 4, 2012 at 5:32pm

It's a mistake to assume that "there's not a lot that a less-accomplished musician can contribute" with videos.  On the contrary, videos are just one more great tool enjoy your time spent with your instrument. You see players of all caliber contributing on the banjo hangout, having a good time, marking their progress, connecting with their friends and peers...in a research-oriented style like ours, videos are very helpful because we are still testing the waters with this once-extinct style.  Don't discourage the courageous picker from posting his videos, no matter his skill level.

Comment by Tim Twiss on June 4, 2012 at 6:07pm

Ditto Carl....

Comment by rick Ceballos on June 4, 2012 at 6:42pm

It is good practice as well. Performing before a camera takes getting used to almost as much as performing before a live audience. It does take courage to put your playing out there for all to see and should be encouraged 

Comment by Matthew Mickletz on June 4, 2012 at 6:52pm

Retracted last post, clearer head now. . . :)  s'all good.  Somehow back in college I marched and played in front of thousands.  Now I'm tryin to figure out how to muster up my courage to post my first vid! haha!  

Again, great tune fellas!  

Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on June 4, 2012 at 6:58pm

I have been going on about my camera being crappy...and it is,... I swear, but yeah I'm nervous to post. Would like to have better recording quality first. It's not good to have crappy sound and mess up. One distraction is enough for the viewer ear...lOl.  Same with playing in front of people. Once I'm warmed up and over that first bit of nervousness, I get my confidence up. Having the song memorized back and forth helps you sail through it your already nervous and trying to remember that tricky part throws me off. You bring up a great observation. For those of us who have that issue, what better therapy than to hash it out in this arena. We have all levels. Constructive criticism is what I welcome, it will help me along, and the encouragement from the ones you truly respect. Thank you everyone that posts, makes one feel OK if it's not 100% , and in some cases gives you something to strive for.

Comment by Steve Jeter on June 5, 2012 at 8:25am

 I am still  nervous when I see that red light on my camera, Not as much as at first, but still am.   I always make extra mistakes,, Ive found if I try more than 3 takes and dont get it, I stop & try later, or the next day.   I dfo think its good practice for playing in front of people. I am nervous doing that,,, if they are really focusing on me& Im not really just background or a momentary diversion. and..   that is live and not recorded on youtube FOREVER  lol,, or until I take it down.  ;)

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