Thursday, June 15, 2006

That old banjo

When my son, the recent graduate, decided to learn to play that old Kay open-back banjo that has been around the house longer than he has, I sent him to ezfolk.com.

Richard Hefner is the mastermind behind the guitar and banjo (both clawhammer and bluegrass) tab and tutorial site. Once a member of The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys, he has won or placed eight years in a row in the banjo competition at the Vandalia Gathering in West Virginia. Originally hailing from the Allegheny Highlands of Pocahontas County, in southern West Virginia, Hefner often tells of how his grandmother was a banjo picker, in fact, seven of her nine children were musicians.

Hefner's renditions of mountain standards are steeped in the traditions of earlier times. His beautiful, melodic picking, is perfectly accompanied by his mountain tenor voice. Through the teachings and tablature on his ezfolk.com, my son was well on his way to playing that old banjo.

The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys cd is available at CDBaby

An appropriate close to our look at some of the teachers who are helping to assure that Old Time music will be around for a long time to come.

Richard Hefner - Cumberland Gap.mp3
on Banjo

Richard Hefner - Shady Grove.mp3
on Banjola - a banjo with a mandolin-style body

Richard Hefner - Shady Grove.mp3
on Ukulele

Y'all have a good weekend!

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ed I like the Ukulele version

June 16, 2006 11:09 AM  
Anonymous Lucy said...

I like that one, too.

June 19, 2006 8:13 AM  

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