Playing, Listening to, and Tweaking the Irish Tenor Banjo
Mel Bay Articles
Starting in April of 2005 I began writing a bi-monthly series ofarticles on learning to play the Irish tenor banjo. I write these columns based on my experiences as a student and I had just had a workshop with Gerry O'Connor
April 2005 Starting the Irish Tenor Banjo
June 2005 The Left Hand
August 2005 The Right Hand
October 2005 An Interview with Mick Moloney
December 2005 Triplets
February 2006 Sessions
April 2006 Reels
June 2006 Jigs
August 2006 Hitting the High B Note
October 2006 The McTwist
December 2006 Playing in a Band
February 2007 Roger Landes - Portrait of a Teacher
April 2007 Andy Statman
October 2007 Three Generations of Mandolin Players
April 2008 A lesson with Peter Ostroushko
December 2009 Playing in Standard Tuning
March 2010 The Stuttered Triplet
Where to get a Banjo
New additions April 2012:
I am finally back after a two year hiatus on this site (believe it or not, I lost the password) and I will be writing new articles every month. Keep tuned!
The Trip To Ireland is over and a good time was had by all.
As time goes on, I will be adding more articles on the Irish tenor banjo. Look for reviews of records, new types of bridges, and how I am learning to play the Irish tenor banjo.
It appears that I am addicted to hornpipes, here is a lovely one written by Phil Cunningham called the Hut on Staffin Island.
Click on for a full sized image. I will have a video of Jeff Calhoun playing it and an mp3 later on.
Here are two oldy but goody hornpipes, Kitty's Wedding and the Galway Hornpipe.
Paddy Ryan's Dream is a tune I learned from John Carty at a workshop in St. Louis.
Here is The Cup of Tea, a session favorite. This is a great tune to learn and play.
This is Jenny Picking Cockles which can be played slowly or fast. John Carty taught us this one, too.
Here are some favorite players of mine, Gerry O'Connor, Tim O'Brien and Arty McGlynn. The tunes are "Fresh Snow" and "Greenfields of America."