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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Latest Activity

Wes Merchant posted a discussion
6 hours ago
Bob Lanham liked Paul Draper's video
11 hours ago
Paul Draper left a comment for Nicholas A Bechtel
"Hey Nick, nice to see you back here!"
16 hours ago
Nicholas A Bechtel liked Paul Draper's video
18 hours ago
Paul Draper posted a video

Old '76 and Grape Vine Reels

The first from Briggs, 1855; the second from Converse, 1872.
18 hours ago
Leonidas (Lee) Jones left a comment for Leonidas (Lee) Jones
"Thank you very much Joel, I will download it and give it a go."
20 hours ago
Joel Hooks left a comment for Leonidas (Lee) Jones
"Hi Lee, if you are interested in guitar style banjo I can recommend the Jennings' book here... https://archive.org/details/JenningsBanjoSchool1902 It has easy pieces that are interesting to play.  He also shows you alternate fingering (pay…"
21 hours ago
Joel Hooks left a comment for Galen Wilkes
"Sorry Galen, I did not see the request."
21 hours ago
Joel Hooks and Galen Wilkes are now friends
21 hours ago
Christopher Stetson replied to Tim Twiss's discussion Finger Style ( Guitar Style ) and Hybrid Playing
"Sometimes an extra finger just gets in the way, though!  I find it very difficult to do a classic 3-finger arpeggio, even though I use my ring finger for guitar chords all the time.  "
22 hours ago
Tim Twiss commented on Tim Twiss's video
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Buckley's March

"This was a bolder effort on a more complex tune. I mixed both styles without stopping, plying the tune the first time in guitar style, and the second in stroke. The listener may discern some difference, however slight. I guess I am becoming an…"
22 hours ago
Tim Twiss posted a video

Buckley's March

A mix of finger style and stroke style, from the Buckley Book of 1860.
22 hours ago
Tim Twiss replied to Tim Twiss's discussion Finger Style ( Guitar Style ) and Hybrid Playing
"I guess as long as you find the exposure valuable, it is worth looking at. Maybe not today, but at least you know more about it."
22 hours ago
Leonidas (Lee) Jones replied to Tim Twiss's discussion Finger Style ( Guitar Style ) and Hybrid Playing
"Well, I guess it is all in your perspective. It just seems like, with a whole extra finger to use, it should be easy. Anyhow, thanks to Tim for suggesting it. I've known I should get started on fingerstyle, but I wasn't sure how to begin."
23 hours ago
Christopher Stetson replied to Tim Twiss's discussion Finger Style ( Guitar Style ) and Hybrid Playing
"And it's instructive to me that something that seems so simple to me seems near insurmountable to Lee, who is master of my obstacle."
23 hours ago
Leonidas (Lee) Jones replied to Tim Twiss's discussion Finger Style ( Guitar Style ) and Hybrid Playing
"Well, all I can say so far is that this is a lot harder then it looks to be."
23 hours ago
Tim Twiss replied to Tim Twiss's discussion Finger Style ( Guitar Style ) and Hybrid Playing
"Anyway, this is pretty primitive stuff. Just pick the notes. I think much of the thought and advice follows the thinking of the day, such as Charlie Converse in his 1855 guitar book."
yesterday
Dan O;Connor left a comment for Mark Bridge
"Wish I could be there, sounds great.  Is that a Bell & Son Boucher Your Playing?  I ask because I just ordered the Kit from Terry and can't wait to get it."
yesterday
Joel Hooks replied to Tim Twiss's discussion Finger Style ( Guitar Style ) and Hybrid Playing
"Dan'l wrote... Frank Converse (and Tim Twiss) no. Historically speaking… The hundred(s?) of other banjo instruction books for guitar style say yes.  From S. Swaim Stewart, Thomas Armstrong and George Lansing, etc. etc, to Vess…"
yesterday
Mark Bridge left a comment for Dan O;Connor
"Howdy there, thanks for the encouragement on the upcoming "Historical Notes" show.  Man have I put hours into putting it together.  "
yesterday

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Finger Style ( Guitar Style ) and Hybrid Playing

Started by Tim Twiss in Uncategorized. Last reply by Christopher Stetson 22 hours ago. 19 Replies

Recording Suggestions?

Started by Parker Buckley in Uncategorized on Thursday. 0 Replies

Tune Help - Soap Fat Man

Started by Tim Twiss in Uncategorized. Last reply by Strumelia on Wednesday. 16 Replies

Buckley 1868

Started by Tim Twiss in Uncategorized. Last reply by Tim Twiss on Wednesday. 9 Replies

 
 
 

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