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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Tim Twiss replied to Grey Cloud's discussion Half-Strike Question
"I mean an example of a spot where you would question it one way or the other?"
1 hour ago
Tim Twiss replied to Grey Cloud's discussion Half-Strike Question
"depends where it goes next. got an example/"
1 hour ago
Grey Cloud posted a discussion

Half-Strike Question

Hello everyone,    For the past couple of weeks, I've been teaching myself stroke style from Rice's book. He isn't specific about the action of the thumb when executing a half-strike with the index finger. So, I've decided to play all my half-strikes as hammer strikes, as described by Converse. This seems to be the most logical and comfortable thing to do. My question is: Is this a bad idea? I just don't see the point in landing my thumb when it isn't going to sound a string.See More
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Strumelia left a comment for Grey Cloud
"Welcome Grey...pull up a chair and join right in!    :)"
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Paul Draper commented on Leonidas Jones's video
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Fisher's Hornpipe and Money Musk

"Sounding good Leonidas!"
19 hours ago
Strumelia commented on Scott Danneker's photo
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The Barn

"Nice to see this photo Scott.  Must have been raining at some point...but I was so happily distracted i don't recall noticing!     :D"
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Strumelia commented on Paul Draper's video
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Pea Nut Girl.

"But by that time Paul it may have morphed into a different tune...but then you could rename it.  lol!"
22 hours ago
Leonidas Jones posted a video

Fisher's Hornpipe and Money Musk

Briggs Banjo instructor, 1/2 year mark.
23 hours ago
Paul Draper commented on Paul Draper's video
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Pea Nut Girl.

"Ha ha! So, in theory, if we play this tune once a day between now and then, we should be able to still play it in June, to the possible exclusion of everything else..."
yesterday
Al Smitley commented on Paul Draper's video
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Pea Nut Girl.

"And, as you earlier stated, I will forget it by the time I see you next June!"
yesterday
Al Smitley commented on Paul Draper's video
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Pea Nut Girl.

"Once again, I was playing along.....though that one took me a bit longer to learn."
yesterday
Paul Draper posted a video

Pea Nut Girl.

A W. H. Gassner composition from the Buckley 1868 book, played finger-style.
yesterday
Strumelia commented on Tim Twiss's video
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Flockton's Hornpipe

"Oh yeah Ian I hear that too!- in the beginning of the B part.  Some fairly well known Irish fiddle tune maybe?  I've heard it for years in mixed Irish/oldtime/folk type sessions."
yesterday
Paul Draper commented on Paul Draper's video
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Fancy Dance.

"Part of it is similar to Hear Him Johnny Hear Him (by James Buckley) in the Rice book, without the dotted notes."
Tuesday

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Half-Strike Question

Started by Grey Cloud in Uncategorized. Last reply by Tim Twiss 1 hour ago. 2 Replies

Jennings' Practical Banjo School

Started by Joel Hooks in Uncategorized. Last reply by Paul Draper on Sunday. 2 Replies

Female Minstrel Players

Started by Elaine Masciale in Uncategorized. Last reply by Strumelia Jul 24. 18 Replies

Time to help pay for this site

Started by John Masciale in Uncategorized. Last reply by Strumelia Jul 24. 15 Replies

 
 
 

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