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.

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Timothy Twiss replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Picking question for Tim
"Converse, in 1886, claimed that there are but 2 movements to Stroke Style banjo...the Hammer and the Combination. I have found this to be a truth 99% of the time. "
15 hours ago
Rob Mohr replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Picking question for Tim
"Exactly...it seems like comfort and reinforcement....I can see why he does it. Every now and then it feels like my thumb gets lost, so it's always there and in tune (no pun intended) w/ the rest of the stroke..."
16 hours ago
Al Smitley replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Picking question for Tim
"I don't know if this is what Tim does or not but your description (Strum) sounds like what I do when/if I back up someone on guitar.  I hold my thumb against my index finger as if I were holding a pick but instead, use my finger nail, down…"
16 hours ago
Strumelia replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Picking question for Tim
"I remember reading long ago Tim discussing how he 'reinforces' his index finger hits with his thumb resting against his index finger (Tim can you find where you wrote about this a few years ago?) ...especially when hitting multiple notes…"
18 hours ago
Rob Mohr replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Picking question for Tim
"Great! Thanks!...I've been trying to figure that out. Tough to see in videos. I'm trying to refine my stroke and not be so sloppy from typical clawhammer chord playing. This takes a lot more precision...thanks again!!"
yesterday
Timothy Twiss replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Picking question for Tim
"No...all finger. The "Hammer Stroke" BAM"
yesterday
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Picking question for Tim

I noticed that as you play, at times your thumb sits on top of your index finger. I can't tell if you're playing strings with your thumb in that position or is it all index finger??
yesterday
Tom Berghan commented on Mark Weems's video
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"Maybe so Stumelia! You might be right! I’m certainly not an etymologist, I just know that the small ones we grew up with in the later half of the 20th century are “tambourines” ... but I also know that in Italy today they play very…"
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Paul Draper commented on Mark Weems's video
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"Probably shouldn't post your password here haha!"
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Strumelia commented on Mark Weems's video
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Paul Draper commented on Mark Weems's video
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"很大的铃鼓!"
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Strumelia commented on Mark Weems's video
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"Or why not just call it a frame drum... they've been described and depicted around the world, in all sizes with and without zils, ...since pre-2000 BC.   :D"
yesterday
Al Smitley commented on Mark Weems's video
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"Paul, I bet you know the Chinese name, as well(?)"
yesterday
Paul Draper commented on Mark Weems's video
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"I don't understand.... why call it by an Italian name? Why not "gros tambour de basque" for that matter, or "one big huge tambourine"?"
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Strumelia commented on Mark Weems's video
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"A tambouron or tamboron, perhaps?  (on being the 'big' suffix in Spanish)    :D"
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Tom Berghan commented on Mark Weems's video
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"Tambour is “drum.” Tambourine is the little guy. Mark has the BIG one."
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Tom Berghan commented on Mark Weems's video
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"A brief lesson in Italian. Saying “large tambourine” is like calling a cello a large violin. The correct name is Tamburello. “Tambourine” is the little one. ;-)"
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Picking question for Tim

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easing into Minstrel banjo

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