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Aug 24, 2021 - 4:06:39 PM
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Dry and Dusty - YouTube

Elegant simplicity, subtle artistry.  Inspiring, tasteful, beautiful stuff.  I love listening to his settings because he comes up with things I hadn't thought of.  Noah's playing is why one can listen to all of the old chestnuts over and over.  There's always something fresh in his renderings.

Noah's playing is totally traditional yet virtuostic without being un-necessarily flashy. For my money, the best young clawhammerista playing today, and definitely in the top 3 of my all-time favorite players.  Check out his many YouTube videos.

...and he makes some great sounding banjos!

Aug 24, 2021 - 4:23:05 PM
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7246 posts since 11/4/2005

That is some wonderful picking! This aptly demonstrates how the limits imposed when one chooses to honor both the melody of the tune and the tradition it lives in ends up enhancing the creativity of the musician rather than constraining it.

Also, what do you need them for, anyway, the frets?

Aug 24, 2021 - 4:48:42 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

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25208 posts since 6/25/2005

Noah's videos are a textbook on how to play clawhammer.  And it seems he can handle a flatpick too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRkddwUiI6U

Aug 24, 2021 - 8:04:49 PM
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1540 posts since 4/29/2013

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Originally posted by R.D. Lunceford

 

Dry and Dusty - YouTube

Elegant simplicity, subtle artistry.  Inspiring, tasteful, beautiful stuff.  I love listening to his settings because he comes up with things I hadn't thought of.  Noah's playing is why one can listen to all of the old chestnuts over and over.  There's always something fresh in his renderings.

Noah's playing is totally traditional yet virtuostic without being un-necessarily flashy. For my money, the best young clawhammerista playing today, and definitely in the top 3 of my all-time favorite players.  Check out his many YouTube videos.

...and he makes some great sounding banjos!


For that, I'm both humbled and flattered. Thank you! 

I just let my playing speak for itself. I've never been one to be showy or flashy (as a friend said, I'm "very modest" with my playing), but rather prefer to stick close to the melody of any given tune I know, though some of my own flair shows through at times, and in moderate doses at that as I feel you can add too much and it can make the tune feel bloated. 

Aug 25, 2021 - 11:40:48 AM
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2170 posts since 1/21/2003

Couldn't agree more R.D.

Sep 3, 2021 - 7:17:43 AM
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6724 posts since 6/27/2009

I’m in agreement, too. Noah is wonderfully gifted and has a musical heritage in his family with whom he has a natural connection. Ask him about Israel Welch.

I love to hear Noah play, especially on banjos he made himself. That says it all!

Sep 4, 2021 - 2:42:16 PM
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6019 posts since 3/11/2006

 
Originally posted by Noah Cline
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I just let my playing speak for itself. I've never been one to be showy or flashy (as a friend said, I'm "very modest" with my playing), but rather prefer to stick close to the melody of any given tune I know, though some of my own flair shows through at times, and in moderate doses at that as I feel you can add too much and it can make the tune feel bloated. 

As the great Allen Feldman observed concerning the legendary Donegal fiddler John Doherty in his liner notes to Bundle and Go, (Topic Records):

"He was capable of the most complex technical intricacies on the fiddle, but held these in reserve and played with a deceptive simplicity and directness."

Sep 5, 2021 - 6:35:22 AM
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194 posts since 11/28/2006

Very nice, beautiful playing and a beautiful banjo. Thanks for the head’s up R.D.

Sep 26, 2021 - 3:32:39 PM
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bd

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1154 posts since 1/6/2012

He's really become a superb player. Honestly one of the best right now.

Oct 3, 2021 - 7:08:08 AM
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154 posts since 8/28/2010

I would like to think I recognized Noah's "subtle brilliance" quite early on - have always enjoyed his renditions, which continue to evolve, to higher levels. His passion for music translated into crafting the instruments he loves to play. Life... well-lived! Cheers Sir Noah!

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