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May 16, 2018 - 5:17:49 PM
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4407 posts since 10/13/2007

I would like to start this thread where anyone with a good picture of a SCRUGGS STYLE PICKER can post them here. I would like for this thread to be a reference point for people to just see pictures of players or to study them. In this first post I am posting pictures of Jack Hicks and Tommy Brown. Tommy has an unusual right hand placement as he puts it on the bridge and not on the head. He says that putting your fingers on the head cuts down the volume. The picture of Jack Hicks is at Bean Blossom in 2011 while he was playing with Melvin Goins. He was playing next to a young Kyle Ramey. I like the look of joy on Jack's face. I would invite all to post here and make this a mammoth thread to document and record our great players.
Thanks,
Ken


May 16, 2018 - 5:45:36 PM
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chuckv97

Canada

34886 posts since 10/5/2013

One of my favorites - Kenny Ingram. Here shown playing the fancy Vega.

Edited by - chuckv97 on 05/16/2018 17:45:58

May 16, 2018 - 7:31:53 PM
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1006 posts since 4/13/2009

From 1985


 

May 16, 2018 - 9:56:29 PM

chuckv97

Canada

34886 posts since 10/5/2013

Oops, didn’t realize this was for photos we had personally taken.

May 17, 2018 - 12:10:21 AM
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May 17, 2018 - 1:32:20 AM

4805 posts since 11/14/2006

Marc at Lake Junaluska a couple years ago showing off the old Bluegrass Rules banjo after it had been restored back to it's former glory. BHO member JWard is now the proud owner of this little jewel.


May 18, 2018 - 9:32:09 AM
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4805 posts since 11/14/2006

Raymond Fairchild (DA MAN!!)


 

May 19, 2018 - 8:07:21 AM

3052 posts since 3/28/2008

How do I upload or attach a photo into my post on this thread?

May 19, 2018 - 9:20:38 AM
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Mooooo

USA

3954 posts since 8/20/2016

So easy even a Cow can do it...Here's a photo I took of Noam Pikelny when I saw him picking on the internet. Was a great show. Notice that he is so good he doesn't even have to look.


May 19, 2018 - 10:07:12 AM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

21492 posts since 8/3/2003

quote:
Originally posted by Ira Gitlin

How do I upload or attach a photo into my post on this thread?


Scroll down to the bottom of the page.  Under Attachments, click on Upload Photos.  Find the photo on your computer and click choose file, name if if you wish, then click upload photo.  Wait a moment and the photo should show up as "your attachment".    Then click on preview to make sure that's what you wanted to do and if so, click on post reply.

May 19, 2018 - 10:41:49 AM
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3052 posts since 3/28/2008

Thanks, Sherry.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present Tom Adams!


 

Edited by - Ira Gitlin on 05/19/2018 10:42:41

May 19, 2018 - 10:50:04 AM
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Beardog Players Union Member

USA

1624 posts since 8/20/2008

The original Scruggs picker, on the 65th anniversary of his first time on the Ryman stage. Also, Emmy Lou (and Vince GIll's mandolin and untucked shirt, too), as a bonus!




 

Edited by - Beardog on 05/19/2018 10:51:36

May 19, 2018 - 6:18:46 PM

13403 posts since 8/14/2003

Ot..(Psst Ken... Tommy B. is strictly a Stanley Style picker, know him and have played with him and Jeremy several times in the past, although has been bout five years since I've seen and talked with them)

Does Stanley style count too??

May 19, 2018 - 8:21:29 PM
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4407 posts since 10/13/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Kenneth Logsdon

Ot..(Psst Ken... Tommy B. is strictly a Stanley Style picker, know him and have played with him and Jeremy several times in the past, although has been bout five years since I've seen and talked with them)

Does Stanley style count too??


Absolutely I count Stanley style as a version of Scruggs style, but Jeremy told me his Dad is more of Scruggs type picker than a Stanley type picker. I had thought what you thought. ??

When I said Scruggs style I meant as opposed to clawhammer, irish, old time,  or classical or plectrum.  I was trying to mirror the style definition that the hangout was using in their playing section under Scruggs style. Hope that makes sense as to what I was thinking.

ken

May 19, 2018 - 8:29:48 PM

4407 posts since 10/13/2007

May 19, 2018 - 9:13:15 PM

6076 posts since 2/14/2006

Two of my favorite people


 

May 20, 2018 - 7:03:35 AM
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Jim Yates

Canada

6440 posts since 2/21/2007

This photo of the Greenbriar Boys was taken at the 1964 Mariposa Folk Festival, the most memorable festival I have ever attended. This incarnation of the Greenbriar Boys had only one of the original members, John Herald on guitar. Winnie Winston was sitting in on banjo while Bob Yellin was on sabbatical. Frank Wakefield was the mandolin player and Jim Buchannon (sp?) was on fiddle. I think Eric Weisberg was the bass player, but this sliver of memory may be letting me down. If so, that would mean another original member was present.
Other performers at this festival were Rev Gary Davis, Gordon Lightfoot, Buffy St. Marie, Skip James, Ian & Sylvia, Joni Anderson (who would later become Joni Mitchell), Tom Kines and the wonderful Mississippi John Hurt. The late David Rea provided back up for many of the performers.


May 20, 2018 - 12:36:55 PM
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Jim Yates

Canada

6440 posts since 2/21/2007

quote:
Originally posted by TOMCAT

Raymond Fairchild (DA MAN!!)


I'm sure Al Munde won't remember this, but I once asked him to autograph my banjo head at a festival about 35 years ago.  I must've been feeling in a smartass mood, because I looked at the autograph and said in a disappointed voice, "Hey!  You're not Raymond Fairchild!"
He must've been amused because I recall him laughing.
I never did get Raymond Fairchild's autograph.

Edited by - Jim Yates on 05/20/2018 12:37:44

May 21, 2018 - 9:51 AM

4805 posts since 11/14/2006

I love Raymond's words  of mountain  wisdom. I used to stop when I'd be working in Maggie Valley and sit on the front porch of his opry house talking with him.

Edited by - Tommy Moore on 05/21/2018 09:51:36

May 21, 2018 - 10:43:39 AM
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Jim Yates

Canada

6440 posts since 2/21/2007

Here are Cathy Fink and Tony Trischka with Danny Weiss playing guitar. Cathy played more 3-finger, Scruggs style banjo in those days. I haven't heard her play that style for years, but when you're as good at clawhammer as she is. . .
I got Cathy's autograph on my banjo head that weekend. I somehow missed getting Tony's.


Edited by - Jim Yates on 05/21/2018 10:44:45

May 25, 2018 - 10:46:44 AM

adl1132

USA

47 posts since 12/18/2012

From Spring, 1975, Camp Springs N.C.


May 26, 2018 - 6:16:53 PM

1 posts since 3/19/2013

quote:
Originally posted by TOMCAT

Marc at Lake Junaluska a couple years ago showing off the old Bluegrass Rules banjo after it had been restored back to it's former glory. BHO member JWard is now the proud owner of this little jewel.

That's Warren Yates standing behind him and Donnie Little setting in the chair.

Jun 3, 2018 - 9:03:51 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by Mooooo

So easy even a Cow can do it...Here's a photo I took of Noam Pikelny when I saw him picking on the internet. Was a great show. Notice that he is so good he doesn't even have to look.


I really like his overall right hand placement. Watching him play any time is a clinic, imo. Epitome of relaxed, disciplined, and precise.

Jun 4, 2018 - 1:12:38 PM

1280 posts since 4/5/2006

Doug Dillard used to hook his pinky finger on the front of the bridge, so for a long time,I did too. When people started saying that was a no no, I had a hard time correcting that. In that picture of Raymind Farchild's picking hand, notice his ring & pinky fingers are straight. I played like that too for a long time. It went from both fingers down to only the pinky & then only the ring finger.

I took a lot of pictures of banjo players right hands, particularly JD & Sonny's right hand, close ups, 400x lenses. Earl was more or less retired so I never got him. Years later, reviewing something in Earl's book, I stumbled across that picture of his right hand, & I remembered those pictures of JD & Sonny. That got me looking everywhere I could. Masters of the 5 string, there it was again, exactly the same. Somewhere in all that, Earl talked about that hand position & being relaxed. For me, that was the aha moment.

Re: Noam Picklny picking without looking. It just takes a lot of practice. Keep in mind, these guys are pro's, that's what they do for a living. I used to sit out in the backyard & practice after dinner. I was so gung ho (wife said obsessed) in those days, I would stay out after dark. There were no lights out there. I thought WTH, if Doc Watson can do it, I can too. I would slide into the note. That kinda gives you an idea how close you are, when you get there, stop the slide. I got pretty good at it. Although I wouldn't want to try it on stage today.      

Jun 4, 2018 - 2:18:56 PM
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4407 posts since 10/13/2007

Jd,
If you can post some of those old pictures of the hands of Raymond, JD & Sonny here....that would be really great.
ken

Jun 4, 2018 - 4:54:54 PM

1280 posts since 4/5/2006

Sorry Ken, I took two suitcases of pictures to Texas years ago & left them with my daughters. They were mostly pictures of when they were kids, but the pictures of hands were in with them.

But, there's a lot of stuff on you tube today. Maybe someone knows how to  capture a picture while in pause mode. 

Edited by - monstertone on 06/04/2018 16:58:40

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