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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Dan'l commented on Dan'l's photo
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Jatta with his Akonting

"This is the earliest found image of an ancestral Akonting, the instrument now considered to be the most primary lineage of the banjo. I know, it has obviously different proportions than even Jatta's instrument, let alone the first instrument…"
10 hours ago
Dan'l posted a photo

Jatta with his Akonting

Just to be clear, this is what an Akonting actually looks like. This one played by Daniel Jatta, who has said that it is like his father's instrument, which is not claiming it is identical to some ancestral instrument, to consider each instrument…
12 hours ago
Dan'l replied to Thomas Craven's discussion Sweeney Headstock Template?
"I'm sure someone here will shortly provide you a template for the Sweeney (keeping in mind what we call the Sweeney banjo was a left-hander that he may have made for a relative).  Since you're making your own banjo, what would be the…"
12 hours ago
Strumelia replied to Joy Hildebrand's discussion Repertoire of the Minstrel Barlow:
"Just giving this fascinating thread a bump up."
12 hours ago
Thomas Craven posted a discussion

Sweeney Headstock Template?

is there a paper rendition of the Sweeney Headstock to be had or must I use my extremely limited drawing drawing skills?
15 hours ago
Chris Prieto replied to Chris Prieto's discussion Buckley's Walk Around Glissando
"So ive attempted to tab out my own version of this and wanted to confirm that most of those notes are played on the first string in reference to "glissando" from above. I am slightly thrown off by the lack of sharps at the beginning. Does…"
19 hours ago
James Pentecost liked Andy Chase's video
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Paul Draper commented on Andy Chase's video
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Circus Jig

"Excellent!"
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Tom Taggart liked Andy Chase's video
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Chris Prieto commented on Andy Chase's video
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Circus Jig

"very awesome! my niece is like four but the second she can keep a beat it's going down. fun stuff."
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Chris Prieto liked Andy Chase's video
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Andy Chase posted a video

Circus Jig

Artwork & Drum by Melody, Banjo, Tambo & Bones by A.N. Chase. From Briggs' Banjo Instructor, 1855.
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Chris Prieto liked Tim Twiss's video
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Strumelia commented on Richard Katz's photo
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My retirement plan

" Comment by Dan'l 52 minutes ago Heck yeah, he's a fiddler!   :D "
Wednesday
James Pentecost commented on Richard Katz's photo
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My retirement plan

"My sentiments, exactly! "
Wednesday
James Pentecost liked Richard Katz's photo
Wednesday
Richard Katz commented on Richard Katz's photo
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My retirement plan

"Sittin' here picking my banjo. Yep, she's fine with it as long as it doesn't become more important than her. Not a chance!"
Wednesday
Dan'l commented on John Masciale's photo
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FortSnelling

"It looks like a stunningly pretty location.  Did the river inspire a Glendy Burke in the mix?"
Wednesday
Dan'l commented on Richard Katz's photo
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My retirement plan

"... and your significant others are ok with this plan?"
Wednesday

Forum

Sweeney Headstock Template?

Started by Thomas Craven in Uncategorized. Last reply by Dan'l 12 hours ago. 1 Reply

Repertoire of the Minstrel Barlow:

Started by Joy Hildebrand in Uncategorized. Last reply by Strumelia 12 hours ago. 12 Replies

Buckley's Walk Around Glissando

Started by Chris Prieto in Uncategorized. Last reply by Chris Prieto 19 hours ago. 13 Replies

Bones for sale (SOLD)

Started by Strumelia in Classified. Last reply by Strumelia on Monday. 2 Replies

 
 
 

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