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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Mark Weems commented on Mark Weems's video
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Mid 19th Century Minstrel Tambourine

"Poor Joel "classic banjo supremacist" Hooks, will evidently spend another 10 years driving people off of this site with his snobbery and bizarre need to denigrate folk music."
12 minutes ago
Chris Prieto commented on Mark Weems's video
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Mid 19th Century Minstrel Tambourine

"I tried email it to you guys but it might be too big. I uploaded to Google docs so you can download from there: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iLev-5NkrYgHv6Zug3H4DC4oGzyMuU_e/view?usp=drivesdk"
2 hours ago
Joel Hooks commented on Mark Weems's video
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Mid 19th Century Minstrel Tambourine

"Somehow I missed this topic the first time around.  Mark's explanation, while possible, fails to address the obvious problem of burden of proof in the same light of "Russell's Teapot".  And just like Russell's…"
3 hours ago
patrick fetta commented on Mark Weems's video
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Mid 19th Century Minstrel Tambourine

"Does Dave still sell this tambo?"
5 hours ago
patrick fetta commented on Mark Weems's video
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Mid 19th Century Minstrel Tambourine

"chris here is my email:    brierycrk@aol.com thanks, patrick"
5 hours ago
Joel Hooks commented on Mark Weems's video
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"Chris, Since it is public domain you could send it to me and I'll add it to the Internet Archive... or you could post it to the Archive yourself.  It is easy, accounts are free, and the more contributors the better."
6 hours ago
Timothy Twiss commented on Timothy Twiss's photo
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Briggs' Corn Shucking Jig

"No matter how much you stare at something.....you can almost always miss something. Here is a corrected edit to my Briggs' revised A/E book. I was reading through it today and caught that."
9 hours ago
Timothy Twiss posted a photo

Briggs' Corn Shucking Jig

Corrected version with C# instead of B in M10 and M12
9 hours ago
Chris Prieto commented on Mark Weems's video
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"I have it but am unsure how to send as the file upload here is limited to 5mb. I will message you for your email."
14 hours ago
patrick fetta commented on Mark Weems's video
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"Does a link still exist for this tutor? thanks, patrick"
21 hours ago
Joel Hooks replied to Ethan Baker's discussion More Guitar Style Resources?
"Okay, now I understand.  Pitch is a different subject. While pitch influenced they way banjo music was written, actual pitch was mostly ignored. I just pounded this subject to death with a fully cited article in the "5 Stringer" (the…"
Monday
Ethan Baker replied to Ethan Baker's discussion More Guitar Style Resources?
"When I say classical I meant Classic the three finger approach you mention, not Classical, my bad.I think I've found where I get confused- The difference between A and C notation. I don't feel comfortable tuning my banjo up to C, because I…"
Sep 25
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…"
Sep 25
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
Sep 23
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
Jim Jacquet posted a photo

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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More Guitar Style Resources?

Started by Ethan Baker in Uncategorized. Last reply by Joel Hooks on Monday. 3 Replies

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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