Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

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Joel Hooks replied to Ethan Baker's discussion More Guitar Style Resources?
"Hi Ethan, I when you write "classical" do you mean what is now called "classic"?  "Classical Banjo" is classical music played using bluegrass "rolls" on steel wire with Hawaiian guitar…"
1 hour ago
Ethan Baker posted a discussion

More Guitar Style Resources?

I've been messing with Guitar Style recently, as I wanted to get into classical banjo, but the three finger approach just never clicked for me. The four finger approach given to us by Frank Converse's tutors just work for me a lot better. I just am noticing I'm pretty limited in my score options- Except for anything by Converse, most classical banjo pieces were written for the three finger style. Anyone have more recommendations for stuff like Converse? I am learning out of his 1886 Analytical,…See More
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Tom Taggart liked Paul Draper's video
Sep 17
Paul Draper posted a video

Negro Sand Jig II

From Kerr’s Second Collection of Merry Melodies For The Violin (1880’s), by way of Tim Twiss’ “Gourd Banjo Music.” For more on “sand jigs” see: https://en.m....
Sep 17
Timothy Twiss commented on John Masciale's page AEBG
"Great work and a nice listen. I highly recommend downloading this collection. "
Sep 15
Tom Taggart liked Paul Draper's video
Sep 13
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COLLECTING BANJOS

COLLECTING BANJOSby Jim JacquetAnnouncing the new, expanded, PAPERBACK version of my banjo ebook,(formerly titled, An Informal History Of The Banjo).A high quality, printed, 8 x 11 banjo book you will want to own and enjoy!With a New Title, New…
Sep 12
Paul Draper posted a video

Far South Reel Medley

Quick medley before breakfast, pure banjo-style, from F. B. Converse, 1886.
Sep 12
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Sep 9
Paul Draper posted a video

Whelpley’s Jig

Whelpley’s Jig (from Buckley, 1860) takes to the air...
Sep 8
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Sep 3
Paul Draper posted a video

The Lily. (Mazurka.)

From James Buckley, 1868.
Sep 3
Rob Mohr posted a discussion

JWS Appomattox Convergence

Haven't seen it mentioned, but I'm guessing our annual  JWS banjo convergence at Appomattox is a no-go this year??See More
Aug 28
Michael Cypret replied to Parker Buckley's discussion Nate Calkins Gourd Banjo
"Nice! I have a Barry Shoulder gourd banjo. I also have a Calkins mountain banjo. Thanks!"
Aug 17
Paul Draper commented on John Masciale's page AEBG
"Congratulations Andy!  Really nice work and great project!"
Aug 8
Andy Chase commented on John Masciale's page AEBG
"I got my first gourd banjo in early 2010, which led me to poke around for information about stroke style playing, which I was vaguely aware of but never pursued as I'd never had a suitable instrument.This led me to Carl Anderton and Tim…"
Aug 7
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Aug 5
Paul Draper posted a video

Varginny Tobacco Plant, (Jig.)

James Buckley tune, from the 1868 book.
Aug 5

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More Guitar Style Resources?

Started by Ethan Baker in Uncategorized. Last reply by Joel Hooks 1 hour ago. 1 Reply

Nate Calkins Gourd Banjo

Started by Parker Buckley in Classified. Last reply by Michael Cypret Aug 17. 1 Reply

Bones. Lots of bones.

Started by Robin Netherton in Uncategorized Jul 31. 0 Replies

 
 
 

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