experience is that very few
are using the extraordinary banjo techniques used by Derroll Adams.
These techniques are sometimes described as "simple". But when you make
the effort trying to master them, you will surely find out that they
are not that simple because of Derroll's very personal vision on
playing the banjo.
It was Jef Van Gool, the bass player in Tucker Zimmerman's band, who
suggested to write down all I know about Derroll's banjo skills because
we all felt they were getting lost after all. Nobody seemed to know how
Portland Town originally was played, even Derroll said he didn't
remember exactly! But let's be clear, this site isn't meant to be an
absolute bible. You will be able to find different recorded versions of
the same songs and some tricks I am not able to find. My intention is
to provide some starting point and
support to banjo-pickers wanting to learn Derroll's way of playing and
find their own way after that. I can not guarantee that all my
notations are absolutely correct, there is a lot of guess work and
trial and error in it. I suggest listening to Derroll to find out
he has to tell us about this...
So I invite everyone who can provide more information to join the
project. I will be happy to publish your suggestions.
Walter De Peuter
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