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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Al Smitley replied to Al Smitley's discussion Finale tags
"I thought I already included this........."
33 minutes ago
Strumelia commented on Mark Weems's event Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence 2017
"Ah, thanks Mark, that's a relief!  I guess that schedule is for the general public... thus our more or less unstructured group playing on the porch is seen as 'performance'.  Life is a performance piece!   ;D"
39 minutes ago
Mark Weems commented on Mark Weems's event Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence 2017
"Strum. The 9 am thing is just us playing on the porch, the actual performance that you are thinking of (concert for the public) will be during the Old Jonny Booker Band and friends portion of the evening. sorry it was confusing!"
58 minutes ago
Mark Weems commented on Mark Weems's event Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence 2017
"Kevin, that means you must have a reproduction tent of the appropriate period to camp on the site itself. Many hotel options exist in the area, however, if you want to stay the night. Appomattox Inn, etc."
1 hour ago
Kevin W. Holmes commented on Mark Weems's event Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence 2017
"There is "period" camping on site?  What is this and are reservations required?"
1 hour ago
Kevin W. Holmes liked Mark Weems's event Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence 2017
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Timothy Twiss commented on Timothy Twiss's video
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Etude 3 on Fretted Minstrel banjo

"I agree about the natural tension it creates. It is noticeable live....the cut it makes."
3 hours ago
Chris Prieto commented on Timothy Twiss's video
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Etude 3 on Fretted Minstrel banjo

"I been playing in A/E a lot as of late due to working on Rice and Buckley books a bunch. I can really dig in better since it slightly tighter than G/D ... more snap"
4 hours ago
Al Smitley posted a discussion

Finale tags

I think I've asked once previously about the somewhat comical end tag, "Shave and a haircut, two bits".  I don't recall getting an answer.  I presume it originated with an itinerant street vendor.  Does anyone know?  Does anyone know when this might have been and how long this tag has been used to finish out a tune?Here's another...... I recognize this as something tacked on the end of the closing of a Three Stooges' short after the tune, "Listen to the Mockingbird".  I was surprised to hear it…See More
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Strumelia commented on Mark Weems's event Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence 2017
"The only issue I see on the schedule is having the Tavern performance so early (9-10am saturday) ... for those of us staying at motels would have to get up really really early to rise, dress, have breakfast, load stuff in car, drive over and get…"
8 hours ago
Sonny Bryan commented on Mark Weems's event Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence 2017
"Curtis, click on David Wooldridge's last comments. The schedule is on page 4. Hope this helps."
22 hours ago
CURTIS PAYNE commented on Mark Weems's event Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence 2017
"where can I view a schedule? "
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Strumelia commented on Mark Weems's video
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Dar He Goes, Oh Dat's HIm!

"Wanna hear this again!   =8-o"
Wednesday
Jacalyn Thomas commented on Mark Weems's event Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence 2017
"My camp chair came today from c-c sutlery. I am very pleased with it. It is a comfortable height and light weight and no assembly required."
Wednesday
Strumelia commented on Mark Weems's event Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence 2017
"I love the schedule!  It offers some cool various activity options, while still allowing plenty of flexible time for socializing and PLAYING.  :) I'm looking forward to the period dance and I hope others in our banjo group will join…"
Tuesday
D. Wooldridge commented on Mark Weems's event Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence 2017
"All You Might Need to Know about this Year's Sweeney Convergence! Greeetings Banjoists All! Period style camping is available from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. Firewood will be available if needed. Overnighting in historic structures…"
Tuesday

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Finale tags

Started by Al Smitley in Uncategorized. Last reply by Al Smitley 33 minutes ago. 1 Reply

Gut 4th string

Started by Chris Prieto in Uncategorized. Last reply by Chris Prieto Aug 11. 15 Replies

Early Banjo Etudes-Video Tutorials

Started by Timothy Twiss in Uncategorized. Last reply by Timothy Twiss Aug 1. 2 Replies

 
 
 

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