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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Tom Berghan commented on Mark Weems's video
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Sam Jones

"Just gorgeous Mark. And you really have me thinking now! I have a few books of colonial dance tunes (minuets, bouree, gigue, etc) and it seems very reasononable that plantation musicians would have picked up a few of them. Right? Maybe? Sure!…"
10 hours ago
Barbara Mullin might attend D. Wooldridge's event
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Joel Sweeney Convergence at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park

September 7, 2018 to September 9, 2018
An opportunity to play early banjo music at historic Appomattox Court House where " the banjo passed from black hands to white hands."See More
10 hours ago
Timothy Twiss replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Briggs' to A/E notation
"This one is better......in landscape like the original.Briggs%27%20Revised%20Notation%20Book.pdf"
10 hours ago
Tom Berghan liked Mark Weems's video
10 hours ago
Strumelia replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Briggs' to A/E notation
"Yes one can definitely play in whatever pitch/key one wants to if playing solo."
13 hours ago
Timothy Twiss replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Briggs' to A/E notation
"Tune it to any pitch you want. What we are really discussing is a  standard for reading notation. Why let one book written differently ruin your day? If Briggs' is written in A, then it is in line with every other banjo notation from that…"
14 hours ago
Timothy Twiss replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Briggs' to A/E notation
14 hours ago
Joel Hooks replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Briggs' to A/E notation
"According to Albert Baur, who knew Frank Converse, the pitch of the banjo was in A by the time or just after Converse wrote/edited the Briggs Banjo Instructor.  Pretty much all other books and music for the banjo published after Briggs up to…"
14 hours ago
Paul Draper commented on Mark Weems's video
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Sam Jones

"Nice one, Mark. Another one to add to my Aird repertoire..."
18 hours ago
Paul Draper liked Mark Weems's video
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Will Bickart replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Briggs' to A/E notation
"Strumelia, Tim did it for those of us who only know how (or prefer) to read standard notation in A/E, as in the Converse books. For context, look at the recent thread started by M’Lou..."
19 hours ago
Timothy Twiss replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Briggs' to A/E notation
"You can play in any key you want based upon the tuning of your banjo. This has to do with consistency and ease of reading......keeping all banjo specific arrangements to have the flagged 5th at E. "
19 hours ago
Strumelia replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Briggs' to A/E notation
"Tim, I'm a little confused.  Can you explain the advantage or purpose of changing the Briggs tunes to the keys of A and E from their normal G and A ?  Is there a movement afoot to raise the keys higher across the board for minstrel…"
21 hours ago
Will Bickart replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Briggs' to A/E notation
"Wonderful!  Now I know what I am going to do today!"
yesterday
Timothy Twiss replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Briggs' to A/E notation
"Briggs%27%20with%20Revised%20Notation.pdf This is it."
yesterday
Tom Taggart liked Mark Weems's video
yesterday
Roberta Perkins replied to Matthew Menice's discussion How does one keep their instrument in shape during the humid months?!?
"Terry Bell sprayed the heads of the two tack head banjos he made for me. He used Aquanet and it works fine. It has to be heavy humidity before I need to worry about having to make adjustments or not play my banjo at all. I like the popsicle trick as…"
yesterday
Mark Weems posted a video

Sam Jones

Listed as "Virginian" by Scottish publisher James Aird in his -"A Selection of Scotch, English, Irish, and Foreign airs. 1780's.
Saturday
Timothy Twiss replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Briggs' to A/E notation
"I'm just gathering them right now. I may try to format it in landscape."
Friday
Strumelia commented on Mark Weems's video
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Tambo Technique

"You. Da. Man."
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