Anyone get a new for the holidays and want an instant learning library? I've got this pile of books , all of the CDs are included and still playable as far as I know. The Ross Nickerson book is autographed.

$25 for the lot including media mail postage anywhere in the U.S. Ping me if interested; first come, first served.


Here's "8th of January", another tune that I have no real memory of multitracking 11+ years ago, despite the fact that I included a flatpicked guitar lead.

On the one hand, it's nice to periodically come across stuff I recorded 10+ years ago that sounds way better (in terms of both recording quality and performance) than I would have thought. On the other, it underscores my need to get my shit together and just *release* stuff instead of yak shaving it to death. Here's a really nice solo tune called 'Snowdrop', which I recorded in 2008 if metadata is to be believed.

...and here's the first strain of "Banjoland," once through. I've got the whole piece about 90% "under my fingers" as the saying goes, with the remaining challenges being to put all the parts together without stumbling, and play it maybe a little bit faster.

to this recording I did some years back of "A Christmas Carol" by Alfred Cammeyer, written circa 1900. Cammeyer wrote for 5-string and plectrum banjo with a singular sentimentality.

My playing is rougher around the edges than I remember, but when is that ever not the case?

There's not much there yet, but I think I've settled on as my primary home for video content; I'll continue to mirror stuff to my youtube account after this week's boycott but when I share links to videos from now on, it will be to my peertube account. Feel free to follow me there at @banjo, although in most cases I'll probably be reposting video links directly via this account too.

I've only learned one other Joe Morley piece, and as I start to work on this one I'm again struck by how *clever* his arranging is, the efficient use of chord shapes up and down the neck and carefully timed notes sounded on the fifth string to give the left hand time to jump up or down. He really was brilliant. (This is a really fun piece to listen to, and I think it's going to be fun to play if I can get it under my fingers. Lots of work ahead of me)

#banjo and its inextricable legacy of racism and cultural appropriation 

Sneaking in late with last week's over at, "The Modoc Reel" by Frank Converse, from 1886.

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