Shane I ordered “ The Chicago Electric “ this evening as soon as I get this three string together I’m going to watch all your YouTube’s I’ve already watched some but just want to thank you for putting those YouTube lessons up !!! Bill
Wow! Thanks for your historic input and obvious knowledge of Gus Cannon's music. The fact of the matter is I was merely attempting to re-create an instrument similar to the one Gus described as his first banjo several times with a few different details. I'm far from a scholar on his music and it's obvious he was playing a finger style rather than plectrum with slide like I did here. I rarely try to do a historically accurate version of anyone's songs since I don't consider music a static museum piece. Rather, I try to do a version that represents the original, but in my own style. Thanks for your insightful comments even though they don't directly relate to what I was doing here. Show less REPLY
Hey Shane, I thought you'd enjoy these comments I got on utube from noted banjo historian Tony Thomas.
Tony Thomas 16 hours ago Nice music but it has NOTHING to do with how Cannon played Minglewood blues. The story about the banjo made from his mother's biscuit pan and tightening the head with a flame was about a banjo Cannon acquired when he was 12 or 13 and may not be true at all as it conflicts with his and his mother's location at the time and his family's insistence that he play fiddle not banjo.Byt the time he was 14 or 15 his brother wByon a professionally made banjo in card in craps game. He recorded the Minglewood Blues when he was 42. Cannon made only one recordiung using slide. His commentary on using slide on a banjo is that he found it too much of a mess for his working banjo playing because he had to unwind the strings put coins under the banjo bride, tighten and tune the strings, and then undo all of that to play in the standard tuning that he preferred the drop C tuning of now associated with classic banjo. The Minglewood blues like most of Cannons 1927-30 recordings was done in the standard tuning of drop c and done oplaying in what is properly called the guitar banjo style, now inaccurately called classic banjo, it is normally played as a three finger style, but Cannon played with four fingers, using the normal assignment system used in classic banjo.He tended the maximum bracket type banjos prevelant in the early 20th century. One banjo we have identified he used during that period is a Van Eps Recording banjo, a banjo that even with nylon or gut strings sounds as lloud as a howitzer!Cannon said he tried using a pick but he broke the picks because played so hard, and never considered any kind of plectrum banjo playing because he felt he could do the same thing using his fingers. He did confess he once bought a tenor banjo but decided not to learn to play it but continue with the style he developed. Show less
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