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Oct 14, 2020 - 9:40:11 AM
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I just want to say a big congratulations to my number one musical influence, mentor, and long time friend Buddy Wachter for being a Steve Martin Banjo Prize winner this year! For those of you who may be unfamiliar, Buddy Wachter is undoubtedly the greatest four string banjoist of all time (in my opinion). He is a living link to the masters of the past and the inspiration to the masters of the future. Thank you Bud for all you’ve done and continue to do to promote the four string banjo. Also thank you to Steve Martin and the board for opening up this award to all styles of banjo.

You can check out the event live tonight (10/14/20) at 8:00pm EDT here facebook.com/events/281565306606275/

Also, check out his youtube channel here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLi_KuIC9__FtXqDkFnNyXg

Thanks guys and take care

-Tyler Jackson

Edited by - TylerJackson10er on 10/14/2020 09:50:31

Oct 14, 2020 - 11:29:19 AM
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sold1ode

Canada

103 posts since 10/10/2007

This is indeed very well deserved. I had the great pleasure of meeting Buddy at his home several years ago when I purchased a banjo from him. He's a great guy and unbelievable 4 string banjo player.

Oct 14, 2020 - 12:15:10 PM
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banjonz

New Zealand

11045 posts since 6/29/2003

I had the pleasure of meeting him when he toured NZ some years ago. I also caught his interview on 'Sunday Morning' TV show here. Given his extraordinary skill and talent, I almost popped my cork in anger when he was requested to play 'Dueling banjos' by the presenter. I was shouting at the TV against this outrage.

Oct 14, 2020 - 12:56:09 PM
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Omeboy

USA

2631 posts since 6/27/2013

Bravo and well deserved!
Buddy's impact has been immeasurable as has been his great generosity. Since the first time I heard his banjo, his playing has been a constant source of inspiration. I haven't seen him in a long time, but hopefully that can change in the future. Thanks for this post, Tyler. No doubt there will be a Steve Martin award in your future too.

Oct 14, 2020 - 8:42:05 PM
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10949 posts since 1/15/2005

Buddy is just as nice a guy as he is talented ..... and that is saying a lot. I met Buddy a good many years ago at the Banjothon and am very pleased that he was selected for the prize .... so very deserving.

Oct 15, 2020 - 10:37:53 AM

Fathand

Canada

11666 posts since 2/7/2008

quote:
Originally posted by banjonz

I had the pleasure of meeting him when he toured NZ some years ago. I also caught his interview on 'Sunday Morning' TV show here. Given his extraordinary skill and talent, I almost popped my cork in anger when he was requested to play 'Dueling banjos' by the presenter. I was shouting at the TV against this outrage.


Why the outrage? You do know the original was performed on Tenor and 5 string banjos by Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith and Don Reno respectively.

Or is the outrage because it is such a common request?

Oct 15, 2020 - 10:55 AM

56058 posts since 12/14/2005

It DOES seem outrageous to ask any skilled musician to play what is, at the core, a SCALE exercise.
But, outside of the community of actual banjo players, the Great Unwashed Masses may only be familiar with three tunes:
From TV, "Ballad of Jed Clampett"
From one movie: "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"
From that OTHER movie: "Dueling Banjos"

Fun Fact:
The guy who wrote "The Ballad of DAVY CROCKETT" sued the Jed Clampett guy for using pretty much the same chords and melody.

Different beat, but still....

Give Davy a listen.

https://youtu.be/UzAwQUwaUYY

And remember: Jed, being a millionaire, could easily afford to pay up.

Oct 15, 2020 - 11:48:58 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by banjonz

I had the pleasure of meeting him when he toured NZ some years ago. I also caught his interview on 'Sunday Morning' TV show here. Given his extraordinary skill and talent, I almost popped my cork in anger when he was requested to play 'Dueling banjos' by the presenter. I was shouting at the TV against this outrage.


What is the plectrum banjo equivalent?  "Whispering?" "It's a Long Way to Tipperary?"  "Shakey's Pizza Theme?"  Asking for a friend.

Oct 15, 2020 - 11:59:16 AM

banjonz

New Zealand

11045 posts since 6/29/2003

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Originally posted by Fathand
quote:
Originally posted by banjonz

I had the pleasure of meeting him when he toured NZ some years ago. I also caught his interview on 'Sunday Morning' TV show here. Given his extraordinary skill and talent, I almost popped my cork in anger when he was requested to play 'Dueling banjos' by the presenter. I was shouting at the TV against this outrage.


Why the outrage? You do know the original was performed on Tenor and 5 string banjos by Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith and Don Reno respectively.

Or is the outrage because it is such a common request?


Given the shear skill of the guy, he could have been asked to play something for fitting that skill. Yes, it is such a common request. The interviewer should have done thier homework.

Oct 15, 2020 - 12:02:02 PM

banjonz

New Zealand

11045 posts since 6/29/2003

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Originally posted by Joel Hooks
quote:
Originally posted by banjonz

I had the pleasure of meeting him when he toured NZ some years ago. I also caught his interview on 'Sunday Morning' TV show here. Given his extraordinary skill and talent, I almost popped my cork in anger when he was requested to play 'Dueling banjos' by the presenter. I was shouting at the TV against this outrage.


What is the plectrum banjo equivalent?  "Whispering?" "It's a Long Way to Tipperary?"  "Shakey's Pizza Theme?"  Asking for a friend.

 

 

 


there are countless number of tunes worthy of a performer of Buddy's statue, Anything would be better the DB.

Oct 15, 2020 - 1:56:52 PM

5729 posts since 9/21/2007
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quote:
Originally posted by banjonz
quote:
Originally posted by Joel Hooks
quote:
Originally posted by banjonz

I had the pleasure of meeting him when he toured NZ some years ago. I also caught his interview on 'Sunday Morning' TV show here. Given his extraordinary skill and talent, I almost popped my cork in anger when he was requested to play 'Dueling banjos' by the presenter. I was shouting at the TV against this outrage.


What is the plectrum banjo equivalent?  "Whispering?" "It's a Long Way to Tipperary?"  "Shakey's Pizza Theme?"  Asking for a friend.

 

 

 


there are countless number of tunes worthy of a performer of Buddy's statue, Anything would be better the DB.


Seriously though, what is that one piece?  There is DB for "banjo".  "Lady of Spain" for piano accordion.  Every instrument has that one tune.  

What is it for plectrum.. I might want to learn it.

Edited by - Joel Hooks on 10/15/2020 13:57:04

Oct 17, 2020 - 4:58:53 AM

4759 posts since 3/22/2008

Might be "The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise".

Played at various tempos here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6i6AMFUE9U

Or "Five Foot Two" right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIseTeWhYoQ

or people having fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlXRSZ4ETv8

Edited by - beezaboy on 10/17/2020 05:04:17

Oct 17, 2020 - 7:14:57 AM

523 posts since 11/6/2007

As Tyler said, this is richly deserved honor for a great, great player and teacher.

Congratulations, maestro!

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