Meredith Moon's version of the Hills of Mexico. Enjoy. https://youtu.be/jBkhAg8S_Gs
Ballad in Eb for Banjo - Parke Hunter, 1876-1912 https://youtu.be/8w2yPvmmpzU A truly unique and beautiful piece by an nearly forgotten American master. Mel Bay Publishing has helped to keep some of these old tunes alive and in circulation. This one comes from THE MEL BAY BANJO METHOD (5 STRING): Volume 1. The book I started … Continue reading Monday Morning Music
A little cowboy movie music isn't a bad thing. Hollywood has produced some good music with the vast resources it has at its disposal. Here is a link to My Rifle, My Pony, and Me / June Apple from the film Rio Bravo (the hot links will take you to lyrics). https://youtu.be/v2ssbgThljU If you know … Continue reading Monday Morning Music
I should say it's Classic Banjo Time. The modern banjo has ancient roots and shares much with it's African antecedents. Its connection to the lute family along with the whole array of drum-headed cousins crossed many lost cultural boundaries in ancient times. This makes it the perfect candidate for bridging musical genres and styles, from … Continue reading Classical Time – for the Banjo-ista
By Léon François Comerre, French Academic School. I think this familiar looking instrument comes from Africa via the Arabic world and is generally called a tanbūr. A sort of distant uncle to the modern banjo, America's African instrument. The only thing missing is the drone string.
This post was prompted by a few photos I recently took to document some of my projects. I fully disassembled , repaired some problems, refinished, and did a full set-up on my Banjo. Not surprisingly, it was a bigger job than I hoped for but really paid off in the end. When I built this … Continue reading Banjo
To start the week off right, Clifton Hicks - Hills of Mexico https://youtu.be/h7AB415L4Y4
Some real hand-made music. https://youtu.be/95nYQHAR-Qo
Painting by American Realist Thomas Eakins 1844-1916.
As if I didn't have enough irons in the fire... I decided to make (and learn) a new instrument this summer; a three-string cigar box guitar. It took a few weekends to get it right; figure out the design, apply a finish, and re-work a few details in the setup before I was pleased with … Continue reading Distracted and Sidetracked More Than Usual