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Leeder Guest No More (21) RE: Guest No More 05 Nov 01

Thanks for the welcomes and info. To answer the questions in order:

Banjo: I play a melodic clawhammer style but use an anchor (i.e., little finger on the head). I've never seen anyone else do this, except once a bluegrass player who was trying to demonstrate frailing in a workshop but had forgotten how. (I started playing Seeger style, moved on to frailing, but left the anchor on. People told me it was impossible, but by then it was too late to quit.) I use a lot of single notes and small chords, lots of drop-thumb. I lose something in attack and traditional feel, but gain a lot in precision. I do a lot of non-traditional stuff, my own arrangements of non-banjo tunes and songs, etc.

Northumbrian music: One band I play with, Gan-Ainm, has two smallpipes players, father and son. Dick Lofthouse (the father) plays a lot of the usual repertoire and Scottish and Irish tunes. (He also plays melodeon and concertina.) Derek (the son) plays tunes he learned from his father, and is getting into French and Breton stuff. (He also plays flute and whistles.) My knowledge of Northumbrian music is mostly tunes I've learned from them (most of whose names I don't remember, but I can play along with them), plus old High Level Ranters, Alistair Anderson, etc., records.

Locale in England: My daughter lives in the Bournemouth area. I've started another thread to see if anybody can get together while I'm over there. (I've got a folk club floor set the night I arrive, if I'm not too jet-lagged.)

Octave mandolin: What tuning do you use? I'm a boring old GDAE player; I know some people do AEAE.

Again, thanks all for the welcome.

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