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Buckley's 1860. on a Jay Moschella Banjo.

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Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on March 15, 2014 at 1:59am

So some critique from my peers would be good. I wonder if I am attacking the notes correctly. sometimes feel I am a little too stiff. Also need to work on intonation.

Comment by Tim Twiss on March 15, 2014 at 6:50am
I thought it was great. I do not think it was stiff it all. Intonation spot on. Nicholas....you've been 'sheddin!
Comment by Bob Lanham on March 15, 2014 at 6:57am

It sounds really good to me, and I didn't notice the intonation being off.  Since the notation doesn't give us any indication of fingering, it's interesting how different people work it out.  I'd say experiment with using some pull-offs to open strings, like on the 3rd string from "fret" 2-to-0.

Comment by Tim Twiss on March 15, 2014 at 8:05am

If intonation is ever a bit off, we get a little "grace" from being fretless. Sort of like, it's part of it.

Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on March 15, 2014 at 10:07am

Thanks fellas, I think I listened to myself about a thousand times, to me It started sounding sloppy and lord knows I must have done 30-40 takes, for me that phenomenon happens when hitting record, my concentration leaves the room.

Thank you for the input. Another song that has truly taken me to another level. Good stuff.

Comment by Strumelia on March 15, 2014 at 10:16am

Sounds lovely to me!

I like the backlighting and amber tones in the video too. 

Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on March 15, 2014 at 10:24am

Thank you Strumelia!

Comment by Paul Draper on March 15, 2014 at 1:12pm

"If intonation is ever a bit off, we get a little "grace" from being fretless. Sort of like, it's part of it."

In Round Peak style, fretless banjo players sometimes intentionally play(ed) between the notes.  That's the beauty of the fretless banjo, and it gives those old-time tunes their particular flavor.

Comment by Tim Twiss on March 15, 2014 at 1:31pm

Well, we don't do it on purpose, but shhhhhhhhh

Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on March 15, 2014 at 2:20pm

ha,ha..so true. I just saw something and the guy was playing a fretless' minstrel and he explained that it's about the notes in between the notes that adds that feel.

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