r&c’s eighty-one comments

  • Re: Jock Wren - The passing of a legend

    on behalf of all the old friends in runt o the litter, Jock, we didn't see you in a long time but we never forgot you and your van. How could we? Those were the best of times. We all regret losing touch and thinking 'och we'll be in touch tomorrow' but th... more…

  • Re: mandolin chords = banjo chords?

    Most helpful and interesting reply, Mike. But how are "power chords" defined? I have obviously misunderstood the term believing that it consisted of duplication of the same note on two different (adjacent) strings played loud and long with the effect of i... more…

  • Re: Gerry "Banjo" O’Connor

    I have seen two videos of Gerry playing the moving cloud....one of these was made by a Scottish friend who recorded the track from a TV programme called Shetland Sessions. This was done 12 years ago. An Irish friend also recorded Gerry playing this on a L... more…

  • Re: Triplets on banjo

    I found that tip about the straight thumb very useful indeed and pass on my thanks as well. There is always a but......but I have noticed a little bend in the thumb of the redoubtable Mr O'Connor as he plays a triplet and also as he cross picks (on his vi... more…

  • Re: banjo trick

    yes compaqjohn you are probably right in that I am not ready for this technique yet. How does anyone ever get ready for that? It seems a bit like deciding to run 100m in 9.7seconds and defending your decision by saying that "well I know of someone who did... more…

  • Re: banjo trick

    Larshansen describes it well but G o'C seems to produce an attractive syncopated rhythm...his own descsription indicates a pattern dduuduud/uuduuduu/ spread over two bars. Do this slowly and you'll detect the syncopation but how does anyone do this at spe... more…

  • banjo trick

    Any banjo players able to "cross pick"? How do you learn this technique? I tried and failed with Gerry o'Connor's video. I never hear anyone else do it apart from G O'C (on recordings) and I wonder is it unpopular, impossible or not in good taste? more…

  • Re: banjo trebles/triplets

    compaqjohn thanks for vg explanation of the mysteries and thanks Grego for asking pertinent questions. I have one that I have asked of folks many times: right hand little finger touching strings behind the bridge and base of thumb touching side of bridge ... more…

  • Re: Anyone need a Tenor banjo or mandolin player???

    Celine plays fiddle and banjo. She used to play an Ozark banjo which marque usually suggests a factory produced, moderate quality instrument. It may be a great banjo, it may not, but Celine makes it sing like an Irish linnet. And, I guess that like yourse... more…

  • Re: Anyone need a Tenor banjo or mandolin player???

    You sound like a real enthusiast, Trad Girl, who can actually play! Me? I am an enthusiast. I'd love to hear you but live much too far away....any recorded material? more…