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.

The Resources Page

The Resources page has now been added to the menu!  Under this you can find Lessons, Books and references of different types, websites, and additional documents. 

 

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Strumelia commented on Paul Draper's video
7 minutes ago
Leonidas (Lee) Jones commented on Leonidas (Lee) Jones's video
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Briggs' Johnny Boker and Alabama Joe

"Thanks Paul. I recorded Briggs' Jig awhile back, but that was pre Rice pull-offs. I've been working on that one too, with the pull-offs.  Between Jonny Boker and Briggs' Jog. that should help get it down."
32 minutes ago
Paul Draper commented on Leonidas (Lee) Jones's video
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Briggs' Johnny Boker and Alabama Joe

"Nice, Lee. Have you tried Briggs' jig? - more of the same!"
44 minutes ago
Leonidas (Lee) Jones commented on Leonidas (Lee) Jones's video
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Briggs' Johnny Boker and Alabama Joe

"I've got a way to go with the pull-offs, but I'm starting to feel it!"
1 hour ago
Leonidas (Lee) Jones posted a video

Briggs' Johnny Boker and Alabama Joe

TotW Rice pull-offs Rock
1 hour ago
Tim Twiss commented on Paul Draper's video
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Jonny Boker, or De Broken Yoke In De Coaling Ground

"Yes, such a little thing. But then again, this is a simple music, and little things have a huge effect."
2 hours ago
Donald Vanhart is now a member of Minstrel Banjo
2 hours ago
Paul Draper commented on Paul Draper's video
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Jonny Boker, or De Broken Yoke In De Coaling Ground

"Thanks. I would have blown right through it had you not mentioned the fermata."
3 hours ago
Al Smitley commented on Paul Draper's video
3 hours ago
Paul Draper posted a video

Jonny Boker, or De Broken Yoke In De Coaling Ground

This song, first published in 1840, is said to have been written by a Billy Moon in the late 1830's. It is the first song Joe Sweeney is documented as public...
3 hours ago
Wes Merchant commented on Mark Weems's video
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Ohio River (1839)

"I could dance to that and I don't live anywhere near the water!"
4 hours ago
Wes Merchant liked Mark Weems's video
4 hours ago
Leonidas (Lee) Jones replied to Tim Twiss's discussion TOTW Late Feb "Johnny Boker'
"Indeed. I first learned it with hammer-ons, then went to glide stroke/restrike. It ius so much cleaner with the pull-offs, and way more consistent."
6 hours ago
Paul Draper replied to Tim Twiss's discussion TOTW Late Feb "Johnny Boker'
"Right, Tim - that the places mentioned in the song are/ were actual places. If you do a map search, you'll find "Wright Shop Road" just east of Madison Heights on the other side of the river across from Lynchburg."
6 hours ago
Paul Draper liked Mark Weems's video
7 hours ago
Tim Twiss replied to Tim Twiss's discussion TOTW Late Feb "Johnny Boker'
"No, that's okay but thanks. Mine will pop up. I was just hoping to interject a few comments from Carlin on the tyne. He does speak of it in there....in particular to the route and landmarks the character encountered.."
7 hours ago
Al Smitley replied to Tim Twiss's discussion TOTW Late Feb "Johnny Boker'
"I don't have your book but I could drop mine off at the store on the way back from a Dr. appt. or after my PT appt."
7 hours ago
Tim Twiss replied to Tim Twiss's discussion TOTW Late Feb "Johnny Boker'
"Dang, I cannot find my Carlin book on Sweeney. Can anybody summarize the part on Jonny Boker"? ALso, there is that figure again we spoke of re: Alabama Joe. Weidlich treats it the same, and Flesher uses the Rice pull. How did it work out for…"
8 hours ago
Dan'l commented on Tim Twiss's video
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Minstrel Banjo - A window to the slave origins of clawhammer banjo, with Bob Winans

"Dr. Winans has from the start maintained a scholarly curiosity and approach to Minstrel Banjo and that's to be admired. You will notice how he stresses "slave origins" in his work, explaining that in the context of American slaves.…"
18 hours ago
James Pentecost liked Mark Weems's video
18 hours ago

Forum

TOTW Late Feb "Johnny Boker'

Started by Tim Twiss in Uncategorized. Last reply by Leonidas (Lee) Jones 6 hours ago. 39 Replies

Neat Photo

Started by Matthew Mickletz in Uncategorized. Last reply by Dan'l 20 hours ago. 1 Reply

Strings...

Started by John Cohen in Uncategorized on Wednesday. 0 Replies

TOTW next week or so

Started by Tim Twiss in Uncategorized. Last reply by Tom Taggart on Monday. 13 Replies

 
 
 

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