Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

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Tom Taggart liked Brice Alms's video
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Gary Mathiasen is now a member of Minstrel Banjo
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Brice Alms commented on 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."
14 hours ago
Strumelia commented on Al Smitley's photo
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Capo, etc.

"What keys are you wanting to sing in?"
14 hours ago
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…"
14 hours ago
Paul Draper liked Brice Alms's video
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Brice Alms posted a video
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Tom Taggart liked Andy Chase's video
yesterday
Paul Draper liked Andy Chase's video
yesterday
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.
yesterday
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…"
Sunday
Strumelia commented on Al Smitley's photo
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Capo, etc.

"Hi Al.  Van you elaborate on what you mean by "your limited range"?  What tuning or range are you trying to achieve in this instance?I ask this because I believe the majority of (fretted) banjo players I know tend to put a capo…"
Saturday
Al Smitley posted a photo

Capo, etc.

Due to my limited range, I was starting to think of ways to accommodate it with the use of a capo, etc. I would try to find use an old-style capo but what do I do with the 5th string?Anyone have experience with this? On my Sweeney model, the neck…
Saturday
Andy Chase liked Paul Draper's video
Friday
Strumelia commented on Brice Alms's video
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Pompey Ran Away on early gourd banjo with horse hair strings

"Yep, I can't see any other instructional video online for making such twisted horsehair strings. He made tat video 7 years ago when he was finishing up making my jouhikko. As we speak, Michael King is making me a, Icelandic bowed langspil, I…"
Friday
Mark Weems liked Brice Alms's video
Friday
Brice Alms commented on Brice Alms's video
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Pompey Ran Away on early gourd banjo with horse hair strings

"That's the same video that inspired me to try it on my gourd banjo."
Friday
Strumelia commented on Brice Alms's video
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Pompey Ran Away on early gourd banjo with horse hair strings

"Incidentally, for anyone interested there is a video on making twisted horsehair strings by Michael King of the UK.  Here, Michael makes and installs strings on a Finnish style jouhikko (aka tagelharpa) ...actually the instrument in the video…"
Friday
Brice Alms liked Paul Draper's video
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