Rob MacKillop

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Bach on the Cello Banjo

In Music on August 16, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Something a bit unusual, perhaps… Here are two test recordings I’ve done of pieces of cello music by Bach, which I’ve arranged for the Gold Tone Cello Banjo (CEB-4). I think they work really well, and have confirmed my decision to arrange the first three cello suites of Bach for the Tenor and Cello Banjos. The publishing giant, Mel Bay, has agreed to publish the arrangements, and that book will have an accompanying CD.

Here are the two cello banjo performances:

I already recorded the full first cello suite, played on a magnificent Tenor Banjo by Deering, the Eagle II:


New Video – 19th-century Banjo Music by Frank Converse

In Music on August 9, 2013 at 7:32 pm

Frank Converse wrote the most advanced music for the banjo in the 19th century. Here are two of his pieces from hisΒ Analytical Banjo Method of 1887, The Dell Schottische, and Boquet Mazurka.

The banjo is from circa 1900, by Parslow, with nylon strings.

Enjoy πŸ™‚

For The Greater Gourd

In Music on August 5, 2013 at 10:29 pm

The young animator, Nik Ottinger, used my banjo playing to great effect in this moving short film. Enjoy:

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