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Chief

climber
Jun 21, 2010 - 05:04pm PT
Ditto for The Punch Brothers. Although I'm not a big Thile fan, I've done workshops with their guitar player Chris Eldridge, formerly of The Infamous Stringdusters. Those guys are the real deal.
JohnRoe

Trad climber
State College, PA
Jun 21, 2010 - 05:14pm PT
I just put some bluegrass on the headphones and opened up ST and this came up... I play a bit of 12-string. Broken ankle should mean more practice time this summer...


Anyone ever haul their guitar up to a ledge? More photos please.

There's a first ukelele ascent of the Nose here...great TR, though not exactly bluegrass
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Jun 21, 2010 - 06:10pm PT
this might be worth a small discussion about trying to fit square musical pegs into round holes. i started out with banjo and guitar in high school. earl scruggs was my hero, but i just could never get that fascinating syncopated improvisation down. i was better at frailing. my three-finger style just turned into a horse gallop and threw everyone else off.

i have lots of musical influences in my life, and i just try to enjoy what i do when i can do it, but i rarely live up to anyone's expectations. recently connected with "pa" on here--she's from italy and we happen to know the alpine song repertoire, unique and as at-home in the mountains as appalachian music. (bluegrass is from kentucky. riding horses might help get off the constant gallop, who knows?)

anyway, a couple pics on my music, including sprucing up the banjo a bit.
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Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Jun 21, 2010 - 06:14pm PT
Credit: Tony Bird
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Jun 21, 2010 - 06:15pm PT
Credit: Tony Bird
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Jun 21, 2010 - 06:17pm PT
woodburning on the resonator--hard to read--can't foto worth a darn.

it has a genuine wildwood flower, but the reference is to a more recent song, the rose: a river that drowns the tender reed, a razor that leaves the soul to bleed, a hunger, an endless aching need.

can't get away from the hectic eclectic.
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Jun 21, 2010 - 06:19pm PT
Cool, Tony. I can't quite make out the words on the back of your resonator. BTW, did you make this banjo?
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Jun 21, 2010 - 06:36pm PT
Meanwhile, here's my mando:
Credit: mooser
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Jun 21, 2010 - 06:54pm PT
the words are from "the rose" as i posted up there because i knew you wouldn't be able to read them.

the banjo is sears, roebuck, around 1963, most of the black paint rubbed off, so i decided to decorate.

really a pretty mandolin there, mooser. i have a little "potato bug" mando i got from my italian grandmother when i graduated from high school (1965). it prefers doing mikis theodorakis (zorba the greek) to bluegrass. sometimes you have to let the instrument have its own way.
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Jun 21, 2010 - 07:18pm PT
Bizarre...the post following your resonator pic wasn't there when I asked the question. Looks like we were simul-posting.

My first 5-string was a Sears banjo, too. 1970. My second (the one I still own) is an Iida, and it's got great sound.
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Jun 21, 2010 - 07:38pm PT
I build a few instruments of bluegrass.....




mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Jun 21, 2010 - 07:54pm PT
Really nice, Chinchen! You know, my brother began making a mandolin for me (F-style) before he died. Just out of curiosity, do you finish projects others have started? Not sure I could afford it, but I sure don't want to leave something so sentimental in a half-finished state.
Bertrand

Trad climber
SF
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 21, 2010 - 09:13pm PT
Holy Capo, JohnRoe. That is an Awesome TR. I wonder if Shay would allow his uke photo to be reposted here. I have photos of my Crafters 5-String, but I will hold off for the one I will take next week from the top of 3rd Pillar of Dana. ---wait, scratch that. the thing weighs 20 lbs. No way I am hiking in with that beast even condsidering the glorious backdrop.

Mooser I would love to hear how the mando-build goes.
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Jun 22, 2010 - 01:14am PT
I pick. I grin. I do all that stuff.

Haven't played much true bluegrass with others in a while though. For up-tempo tunes, I prefer to play my banjo full-tilt, but I can't seem to find any guitar players that can keep up. Not bragging or nuthin', just stating the facts. Besides, I got three fingers going, to their one pick, so... Mostly been working on the dobro since my ankle break almost two years ago. I've upgraded guitars from this old Regal somethin' or other:

Credit: Willoughby

to a Rob Ickes model Wecther-Scheerhorn. Holy smokes do I love the tone and playability - hardly top end, but what a value! Banjo is a 70s Gibson Mastertone, and I love it beyond words. It's been very good to me.

Credit: Willoughby


Speaking of the Stringdusters, just caught them in Reno the other week at the Brewfest. Almost nobody there, crazy...



Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Jun 22, 2010 - 01:38am PT
Gotta get me some dobro soon...
Mooser, keep in touch. Ill be settled in Bishop soon.
Chief

climber
Jun 22, 2010 - 09:11am PT
Bluegrass rules!
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Jun 22, 2010 - 11:48am PT
Will do, Chinchen.

Meanwhile, Herschel Sizemore's "Billy in the Lowground" is one of my all-time faves. Random, I know, but so what? http://www.rhapsody.com/herschel-sizemore
Chief

climber
Jun 22, 2010 - 01:32pm PT
Nothing random about Herschel Sizemore or Billy in the Lowground.
How about Rebbecca or Tim Stafford's Horshoe Bend?
harihari

Trad climber
Squampton
Jun 22, 2010 - 01:37pm PT
Hey Perry, do you have a regular bluewgrass crew to play with in Squampton, or do you hook up with scratch bands? E.g. your pic of opening for Reischman, is that yoru regular band?

chris
Chief

climber
Jun 22, 2010 - 06:25pm PT
chris,

No regular crew, just whoever will put up with me at the time.
Mostly play for my dog.
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