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Now some people don't understand. They think a blues player has to be worried, troubled to sing the blues. That's wrong. I'll put it this way; there's a doctor, he has medicine. He's never, sick, he ain't sick, but he has stuff for the sick people. So the blues player, he ain't worried and bothered, but he's got something for the worried people. Doctor . . . you can see his medicine, you can see his patient. Blues . . . you can't see the music you can't see the patient because it's soul. So I works on the soul, and the doctor works on the body - Roosevelt Sykes, spoken on Smithsonian/Folkways Classic Blues anthology

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Offline Norfolk Slim

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six string banjo
« on: October 19, 2010, 01:59:56 PM »
I acquired one of these little babies today....

(Sorry Phil)

Its cheap and cheerful (made by "Ashbury" whoever they are) but what fabulous fun!

Some Papa Charlie Jackson coming to a back porch near you soon...

Offline harvey

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Re: six string banjo
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2010, 02:17:40 PM »
Brilliant ! I have been working on please loan me your heart !

Offline Norfolk Slim

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Re: six string banjo
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2010, 02:51:24 PM »
Me too.  Vocal is tricky to get out, but when I get it, the back porch will know about it!

Also working on a blake influenced self-arrangement of Your baby aint sweet like mine, and a fairly faithful take on Up the Way Bound... :D

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Re: six string banjo
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2010, 02:55:22 PM »
Six-string banjo, bringer of joy...

Coincidentally, was just listening to Rev. Gary Davis do Devil's Dream on one.

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Re: six string banjo
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2010, 03:00:00 PM »
I cant help grinning when I play it, even if the narrow neck does give me wrist cramp!

For UK Weenies, I can recommend the Hobgoblin chain of shops.  Absolute Alladin's cave of weird and wonderful instruments (six string banjos included) and that laid back attitude which means you can just pick up and play with whatever takes your fancy.


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Re: six string banjo
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2010, 03:07:23 PM »
Keep on plonking!

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Re: six string banjo
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2010, 03:08:57 PM »
SSBs Rule! :)
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Re: six string banjo
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2010, 03:36:24 PM »
Good for you, Slim, they really are fun instruments, and for a fair number of applications, they work as well or better than a guitar.  I look forward to hearing what you come up with to play on it.
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Re: six string banjo
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2010, 12:48:04 AM »
Fun for who? Funny yes.

(Sorry I have my reputation to consider)

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Re: six string banjo
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2010, 01:24:42 AM »
Simon, "Ashbury" is Hobgoblin's own brand. I used to have an Ashbury tenor ukulele (you saw it last year in the New Forest). The name is a combination of the names of the two blokes who started Hobgoblin, Nigel Thornbury is one and the other escapes me - Ash-something-or-other.

As you can imagine, Phil and I can't wait to hear the newly acquired beast. Did you realise they sound better if played underwater?  >:D
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Re: six string banjo
« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2010, 10:56:02 AM »
NS you show excellent taste and fortiitude. Where is the nearest Gobblinhob music emporium to you then?
(That's enough of that. Ed)

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« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2010, 12:46:08 PM »
Bristol- near the hippodrome.  They have some crazy weird stuff in there.  Its bizarre stringed instrument heaven.  Every shape and style of mando, uke, bouzouki, dulcimer etc etc.  Whole rack of banjos. lots of guitars.  Bhodrans(!)

You have to avoid the odd fellows in anoraks buying vintage melodians though.

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« Reply #12 on: October 21, 2010, 03:15:29 PM »
Oh....by the kipperdrome, do you mean up the side alley (notice I resisted saying back passage) where the ladies of the night, the nawty shops with rubber goods and magazines all used to be in days of yore  :P
(That's enough of that. Ed)

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« Reply #13 on: November 14, 2010, 08:06:14 AM »
A surprising moment at the end of an Otto Dix exhibition in Montreal. A photograph of Otto with his adult children all playing music together, Otto with a big grin playing six-string banjo. Apparently they liked playing old jazz.

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« Reply #14 on: November 14, 2010, 01:14:12 PM »
Can you post a picture of it Andrew? I'd dearly love to see if its the same Swiss made Stambac as mine. I also admire Dix as an artist, hard to take though his paintings are.
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