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A Quartet of Videos by The Scottish Classic Banjo Quartet

In Banjo on March 14, 2011 at 8:49 am

My student banjo quartet is improving every month, if these four videos are anything to go by. We are trying to recreate the classic ragtime banjo band of circa 1900. The band is made up of (left to right) Alasdair Dewar (banjorine – a 5-string banjo tuned a fourth higher than normal), Alan Ramsey (regular 5-string classic banjo), Rob MacKillop (regular 5-string classic banjo), and Cat Campbell (4-string cello banjo, tuned like a cello).


First up, a very popular tune among banjo players of the time, Herman Rowland’s Sunflower Dance:

That Banjo Rag, by A. J. Weidt:

Of course, no ragtime ensemble can ignore this piece, The Entertainer, by Scott Joplin (whose mother played the banjo):

And finally, a wee encore, the silly Polka, Snowdrop:


Ballad in Eb for banjo – Parke Hunter

In Banjo on January 18, 2011 at 9:41 am

This is a beautiful piece by one of America’s best banjo composers, Parke Hunter, 1876-1912. I’m recording wav/mp3 files of all the main pieces in Mel Bay’s Banjo Method, actually written by the late Frank Bradbury. This piece stood out as being very different to the others in the book. By the way, it is a fantastic book for learning to read standard notation on the banjo. My sight-reading ability has improved dramatically while working through the book. Eventually Mel Bay will host the files on their site.

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