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    Classical Banjo

    For those who hear the word Banjo and think it's only for Bluegrass music...

    This is Bela Fleck, he plays Bluegrass, Jazz, Fusion, Classical and just about anything else all on the Banjo.

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    Can't watch the video until this evening, but I know already it's going to be good. Bela Fleck is da MAN!
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    had never heard of him before now and after vaughn mentioned he was good i dropped his name on pandora and am enjoy a bunch of his stuff now thanks fore the wake call guys
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    Thanks so much for sharing. I LOVE classical guitar and this is also great. I will have to look up more of his music.

    How in the heck does a person get both hands/all the fingers working like that??
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    Classical Banjo

    I dig the 'Flecktones' era stuff. All his various projects are great but, "Big Country" has got to be a song that says 'Bela Fleck' to me. It is what I hear in my head whenever I hear his name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    I dig the 'Flecktones' era stuff. All his various projects are great but, "Big Country" has got to be a song that says 'Bela Fleck' to me. It is what I hear in my head whenever I hear his name.
    "Big Country" is one of my favorites. On one of my fairly regular playlists, in fact.

    I found this live video footage. It's long and I haven't watched it all, but it gives another perspective on the style of music the Flecktones did. Not made for pop music fans, but some top shelf musicianship among all the band members. (Vic Wooten is an amazing bass player.) I really like the Drumitar, too. The guy playing it (who also built it) obviously has some redneck in him, based on the quantity of duct tape used.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88P3Jsy95T8
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    The guys are obviously very talented musicians but I can't stand that style of music. It reminds me of the old beatnik music where it sounds like everyone is playing a different song of random notes at the same time.
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    Vaughn, thanks for sharing...that is interesting music that I've never heard before. That Drumitar is a crazy looking instrument. Gonna need to give it all some more listen later tonight....

    I'm pretty sure you like it just because of the purple banjo/guitar thing Bella is playing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    The guys are obviously very talented musicians but I can't stand that style of music...
    I can fully understand. Definitely not music for the masses. I can appreciate what it takes to play like that, but I have to be in the right frame of mind to listen to it myself...and even then, I prefer smaller doses of it than some folks do. Still, from an musician's viewpoint, I don't think there any other styles that are more challenging to play.

    And Jeff, everyone knows that a purple bantar (or guitanjo, to some) has much better tone than any other color.
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