Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

A resource and gathering site for people interested in playing and constructing early banjos, and the history of minstrel music in America.

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S. S. Stewart's "Minor Waltz"

From S. S. Stewart, published 1882.
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Old Johnny Boker on horse hair strung gourd banjo.

"I don't check in to the forum as often as I used to, but this kind of thing is why I still do! Great project. I also enjoyed Stumelia's video of string making for the Scandinavian instrument."
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Banjo collections

This is all of mine right now. 1 unfinished Akonting, 1 early style gourd banjo, 2 modern banjos, 1 minstrel banjo made by Terry Bell, and 2 Early 20th century antique banjos. I am getting another antique banjo soon, I suspect was made somewhere between 1868 and 1879.See More
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Tom Taggart liked Brice Alms's video
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Old Johnny Boker on horse hair strung gourd banjo.

"Thank you for the advice. Thankfully I have a ton of hair left to use."
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Strumelia commented on Al Smitley's photo
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Capo, etc.

"What keys are you wanting to sing in?"
Monday
Strumelia commented on Brice Alms's video
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Old Johnny Boker on horse hair strung gourd banjo.

"Very nice Brice! Those horsehair strings on your gourd sound great. With horsehair strings, one would need to bring a backup instrument to a gig... if you break a string it's a bit of a project to twist and put in place a new one. You'll…"
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Paul Draper liked Brice Alms's video
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Tom Taggart liked Andy Chase's video
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Andy Chase posted a video

Cane Break Reel - 1865 Banjo multi-track with guitar, bones, and bass drum

A super-short but fun one from Frank Converse's 1865 'Yellow book', with parlor guitar, rhythm bones, and bass drum.
Sunday
Al Smitley commented on Al Smitley's photo
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Capo, etc.

"I'm talking about "limited singing range".  Two frets MIGHT help.  Not sure I'd want to crank up the fifth string that much, though.  I have a Vega long neck which would be perfect but my interest is antebellum…"
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