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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John posted a discussion

Moschella Minstrel Banjo

I'm selling a minstrel banjo by Jay Moschella that I recently purchased on the forum.  It's a fantastic banjo, but another instrument has come up, and you know, I have to sell a banjo to buy more... it's an addiction.  Anyway, this banjo is in very good condition (a few very little dings here or there) and it sounds great.  It has good volume and response and a very nice minstrel bell-tone sound.  The action is a little high compared to Terry Bell or Jim Hartel's banjos (this may account for…See More
9 hours ago
Strumelia commented on Paul Draper's video
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Carve Dat Possum

"Great job, Paul!    :)   I loved Dave's performance as well.  Sort of a spooky song. You need to bring the vocals up somehow though?- the banjo is not letting the voice lead. What is the percussion you used?"
9 hours ago
Tim Twiss commented on Tim Twiss's video
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The Zig Zag Hornpipe

"I'm all for a little slop if the groove stays tight"
11 hours ago
Wes Merchant liked Tim Twiss's video
15 hours ago
Tim Twiss commented on Tim Twiss's blog post Tunes, memory, and insanity
"In thinking on this, ( and this is just me thinking out loud ) I felt a little improvement in the second one, It may be undectable to others, but I sensed a "weightedness" and deliberate feel to the notes more in the second one, which is…"
15 hours ago
Tim Twiss posted a blog post

Tunes, memory, and insanity

The darndest thing happened tonight. I was sleuthing out tunes in Kerr's and came across one I liked. It was the Zig Zag Hornpipe. After I recorded it and put it up in Youtube, I realized that I had done it already some months earlier. I had no memory or recollection of it. I listened to it, and the interpretation was basically the same, with a minor fingering change. Still pondering what this means.......Anyway, I posted the new version. Has a pretty relaxed feel. Hope you like the tune.See More
23 hours ago
Tim Twiss posted a video
23 hours ago
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Dan'l left a comment for Tim Twiss
"Tim - I enjoyed your set at Jackson, and as I hoped you pulled out some Minstrel banjo. It was great you invited up the tambo lad, I could tell he was enjoyin' things. Whatever mic setup you had - looked like an active/powered mike - was…"
yesterday
Strumelia left a comment for Ambrose Verdibello
"Yes Ambrose, Brian and I too have been enjoying learning some of the minstrel repertoire.  It's refreshing."
Thursday
Ambrose Verdibello left a comment for Paul Draper
"Thanks Paul - I'm looking forward to playing some of these pieces with you - you're an inspiration. "
Thursday
Ambrose Verdibello is now friends with Strumelia and Paul Draper
Thursday
Marek Bennett left a comment for Bob Kilham
"Hi Bob ~ Looking forward to yr. concert at Concord Thursday.  I believe you know my fellow callithumpian, Mr. W. Pringle of Bradford. ~ M"
Wednesday
Marek Bennett liked Bob Kilham's profile
Wednesday
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Tuesday
Bob Sayers commented on Bob Sayers's photo
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Banjo player, Leadville, Colorado 1870s

"Hi, Dan'l.  It looked to me like he was holding a whiskey bottle between his legs.  But after your comment I'm not so sure.  Anyway, the whole photo looks posed, as if the photographer asked the men to show what camp life…"
Tuesday
Tim Twiss left a comment for Dan'l
"Thanks for hearing the set Saturday. How you like that lineup?? Any backlash for that helicopter?"
Monday
Dan'l commented on Bob Sayers's photo
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Banjo player, Leadville, Colorado 1870s

"Thanks for the view, Bob.   It seems there's only one musician in the view, the others seem to displaying other aspects of their life in camp, like loading explosive charges or transporting mats of some sort with carrying…"
Monday
Dave Vinci commented on Mark Weems's video
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