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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New Practice Aid

"That's a hoot!"
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Bryant's on Guitar

"That would be my Lincoln Band Aid"
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Bryant's on Guitar

"What's on your left thumb?  Is that some magical Fret Chat device?"
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Bryant's on Guitar

"That was nice....but two days ago you told me that you don't really like playing this stuff on guitar.  Now this, and with a modern guitar instead of your old one.  Still.......nice!"
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Brian Kimerer replied to Mark Ralston's discussion Ladies Banjos
"Jim Bollman at the Music Emporium told me that my Fairbanks & Cole was probably a ladies banjo or a child's banjo. It has a 24" scale. http://www.thekimerers.net/brian/music/fandcbanjo.shtml According to the serial number and mugwumps…"
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Strumelia commented on Mark Weems's video
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G.P Knauff Reel Medley

"I too will be thrilled to order the upcoming book.   :)"
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Chris Prieto commented on Mark Weems's video
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G.P Knauff Reel Medley

"Great news! Yeah good things and folks who wait and all. Very much looking forward to this."
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Mark Weems commented on Mark Weems's video
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G.P Knauff Reel Medley

"Tabs are all done. Just need a little time to design the book, add some historical background etc. Alan Jabbour is also going to write a forward for me when I can get him a draft. I was hoping to have it by now, but I also don't want to rush…"
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Chris Prieto commented on Mark Weems's video
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G.P Knauff Reel Medley

"Any progress on this book Mark? :)"
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Tom Berghan liked Mark Ralston's discussion Ladies Banjos
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Mark Ralston posted a discussion

Ladies Banjos

I'm researching Ladies Banjos for a display.  So far, I've determined that a "Ladies Banjo" has short scale or neck length, generally has a pot smaller than 11" in diameter, and the whole idea of a "Ladies Banjo" is pretty much a marketing device of banjo sellers from the late 1800's.  J.A. Todd patented a banjo pot with internal hooks in 1893, stating:  "In the construction of the ordinary banjo, outside hooks and brackets are universally used, which is one great objection, as they are liable…See More
Wednesday
Chris Prieto replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Old Tunes DNA
"I often compare old johnny boker to big bend gal by the shelor family"
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Ladies Banjos

Started by Mark Ralston in Uncategorized. Last reply by Brian Kimerer yesterday. 1 Reply

Old Tunes DNA

Started by Timothy Twiss in Uncategorized. Last reply by Chris Prieto on Tuesday. 6 Replies

Mark Weens: Old Black Joe

Started by Tom Berghan in Uncategorized. Last reply by Mark Weems May 21. 1 Reply

Nylgut strings....

Started by Roberta Perkins in Uncategorized. Last reply by Brian Kimerer May 20. 10 Replies

4 string gourd banjo?

Started by Scott Danneker in Uncategorized. Last reply by Scott Danneker May 19. 7 Replies

 
 
 

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