Minstrel Banjo

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Timothy Twiss replied to Rob Mohr's discussion New Strike Adjustments
"Always feels good to overcome a stumbling block.....good luck "
Feb 23
Rob Mohr commented on Paul Draper's video
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Roaring River. A Refrain of the Red River Plantation.

"That's fun, snappy tune...brightens up the day!!"
Feb 22
Rob Mohr posted a discussion

New Strike Adjustments

Long time, no talk...I haven't posted in quite a while. I've been sidetracked by my open back banjo. In doing so, I noticed something curious...Usually, I'm a middle finger striker. For whatever reason, I started striking with my pointer/index. I noticed the tone wasn't nearly as "muddy". It's clearer, crisper. I haven't decided if it's an anatomical difference, or I'm not as deep into the stings, or something else.So, in some ways, I'm kind of starting over. The 2-3 millimeters is a HUGE…See More
Feb 22
Paul Draper commented on Paul Draper's video
Feb 22
Tom Taggart commented on Paul Draper's video
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Feb 22
Paul Draper posted a video

Roaring River. A Refrain of the Red River Plantation.

This tune is referenced in Solomon Northup’s memoir “12 Years a Slave” published 1855. In his account he includes notation for the tune, from which I learne...
Feb 21
Andrew Galloway replied to Russ Rentler's discussion James Hartel Boucher Banjo For Sale
"That's a great looking/sounding banjo!"
Feb 21
Russ Rentler posted a discussion

James Hartel Boucher Banjo For Sale

I have a 2013 William Boucher repro made by James. It has been sitting virtually unplayed in my smoke free humidity and temp controlled recording studio stored in its case. It is essentially brand new condition. James is currently selling these masterpieces for 2400$ without a case. I am asking 2150$ with case. Will ship anywhere in conus for 50$https://www.facebook.com/1453814880/posts/10223387092692887/?d=nSee More
Feb 18
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Rail Splitters Polka

"Thanks, Paul. I'm available for parties!"
Feb 14
Paul Draper commented on Al Smitley's video
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Rail Splitters Polka

"That’s some fine aspirin bottle playing"
Feb 14
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Feb 12
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Rail Splitters Polka

"Ooops!  I have forgotten how to include text with a video.  It's shows up if you click on it but not on the initial posting."
Feb 12
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Feb 10
Paul Draper posted a video

Ramsey’s Waltz

From Buckley, 1860. This is a weird tune. From the 1st part, you may not think it’s a waltz. I had to get out the metronome to keep time.
Feb 9
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Feb 4
Paul Draper posted a video

Buckley’s Danish Waltz.

From Buckley, 1860.
Feb 3
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Feb 2

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New Strike Adjustments

Started by Rob Mohr in Uncategorized. Last reply by Timothy Twiss Feb 23. 1 Reply

James Hartel Boucher Banjo For Sale

Started by Russ Rentler in Classified. Last reply by Andrew Galloway Feb 21. 1 Reply

Need ideas

Started by Rob Mohr in Uncategorized. Last reply by Rob Mohr Oct 28, 2020. 2 Replies

More Guitar Style Resources?

Started by Ethan Baker in Uncategorized. Last reply by Joel Hooks Sep 28, 2020. 3 Replies

 
 
 

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