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15. New Opposing Directions

Posted by Rob MacKillop on Sunday, October 10, 2010

I've lately bought a minstrel banjo, a copy of a Boucher by James Hartel. It's an amazing, first-rate instrument, of the highest possible workmanship. I'm exploring the early fingerstyle repertoire. See this page for more info and videos: http://www.classicbanjorm.com/earlyfingerstyle.html

I've also started playing my Vega Pro Tenor a lot more, due to the inspiration of the great Eddy Davis, a BHO member. Really enjoying it, but the CGDA tuning is really confusing! See videos at http://www.classicbanjorm.com/ 



6 comments on “15. New Opposing Directions”

joemac Says:
Sunday, October 10, 2010 @12:38:36 PM

Ok Rob, its time to sit down in a dark room, come on son follow me, dont worry, its just banjo madness !!!!! i read about your wonderful musicianship in the acoustic magazine and now your playing banjo. well Rob it happens, look at me, a broken man.......seriously mate, good luck with your journey..Joe.

Rob MacKillop Says:
Sunday, October 10, 2010 @12:43:30 PM

Ha! Thanks, Joe. Banjo madness sums it up! Cheers, mate. Rob

scruss Says:
Sunday, November 14, 2010 @9:12:44 AM

That first tune Alabama Joe is totally "The Song of the Western Men", aka "Trelawny's Army". So Cornwall -> Alabama -> Scotland ...

Rob MacKillop Says:
Sunday, November 14, 2010 @9:18:26 AM

Very interesting, sruss!

catty Says:
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @10:11:50 PM

Love it Rob. My favorite banjo is a nylon-strung 1900s L&H and my first banjering is that fingerstlye stuff. Elegant, evocative, kinetic. Thanks for your stuff! R

Rob MacKillop Says:
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @11:18:11 PM

Thanks. You have just reminded me, I must update my blog entries!

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