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Free Tabs for CGDA tuning

Started Oct 17, 2010 0 Replies

I'm supplying tabs and soundfiles, scores too, all for free, but in what I call Standard C2 tuning - tune to CGDA then put a capo on the 2nd fret. Gerry O'Connor uses this tuning a lot, and he knows…Continue

The Scottish Tenor Banjo

Started this discussion. Last reply by Albert Wrigglesworth Sep 17, 2011. 2 Replies

At risk of getting thrown out of this is a link to my web page regarding the Scottish Tenor Banjo, including free scores for 25 pieces (in tab and standard notation) and videos: …Continue

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Happy Bloom's Day!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alasdair Niall Campbell Dec 15, 2010. 4 Replies

For all you Joyce fans here, Happy Bloom's Day. I'm off to but some liver for breakfast. Here's something I contributed to the minstrel banjo ning site a while back: I have been re-reading The…Continue

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Capos - do you use them?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Youlden Feb 13, 2010. 13 Replies you use them? More specifically, are they used much in traditional Irish playing? RobContinue

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Rob MacKillop's Tenor Banjo Page

Hi folks, welcome to my page. As regards banjos I mainly play historical stuff from 1860 to 1920-ish for 5-string, but I have just bought a Vega Pro tenor and plan to get stuck into some Irish playing, and Scots too, of course. I live in Edinburgh, and have a post of Musician In Residence to Queen Margaret University, where I run a few groups including a beginners traditional music group which is popular on campus. My tenor will come in handy there. Dare I say, I might also use it for some early jazz?

I've also compiled a couple of editions of tunes for publication with a CD recording - Mel Bay are interested. One of the titles is The Early Irish-American Banjo, but will be for five strings. But maybe arrangements for tenor would be possible...

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2. Early Irish-American Banjo

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 9:01pm 3 Comments

I've just added a few files to the mp3 player on my members page here. OK, it is not a tenor banjo. It is a 5-string based on an early Fairbanks, and strung in gut. I've been exploring the early Irish-American repertoire. The Irish are responsible developing the banjo more than any other ethnic group in 19th century America from the 1840s to early 1900s. The Irish repertoire from this period is wonderful. I have made an edition for Mel Bay Publications which includes 28 pieces in standard…


1. My first tenor

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 11:40pm 1 Comment

I have my first tenor on its way from Bernunzio's, New York State. I sent them a guitar a while back and we agreed a straight swap for two banjos - an Elias Howe Superbo (!) Banjeaurine - a fourth higher than normal 5-stringer, for my fingerstyle classic stuff, AND a Vega Professional tenor. Here is a link to the tenor. That wierd thing on the front is a 'mother of toilet seat' pick guard,…


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At 9:34pm on August 17, 2011, Marcy Marxer said…

Hi Rob,

   We meet again.  Great.

I read on one of your posts that you know the Clifford Essex Music Company?  I have a 15" pot that was at one time part of an Essex(I'm 99% sure) cello banjo.  The original neck was warped when I bought it.  Before I picked it up the repair man tried to straighten it by baking and he got it too hot.  It caught on fire and was ruined.  I bought the pot anyway and would love to find information about the neck size and inlay in case I can get a new neck made.  Would you have suggestions on places to find an old neck?

You're the only person I know who might have advice on where to get this information.


At 8:32pm on February 18, 2010, Paddy Dunne said…
Its my pleasure mate
At 2:43am on February 17, 2010, Dick Glasgow said…
Vega Group link sorted now ..... fingers crossed!
At 1:15am on February 7, 2010, Dick Glasgow said…

Hello Rob,
I'm delighted you decided to join us! ;-).
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