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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Strumelia commented on Paul Draper's video
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Carve Dat Possum

"Oh wow, I totally forgot that Dave goes to Genero!    =8-o   D'OOOOHHH!!   I had spoken briefly with Dave at his site there at Genero a couple of years without learning his name, before I ever met him at…"
6 hours ago
Wes Merchant replied to Dan'l's discussion I'd like to hear this old cylinder...
"http://cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/search.php?queryType=@attr%201=1016&query=linder+green&num=1&start=2&sortBy=&sortOrder=ia I believe this is a later pressing of the same song. Disclaimer, its pretty offensive."
6 hours ago
Leonidas Jones liked Tim Twiss's video
6 hours ago
Leonidas Jones posted a photo

A Dry Banjo is a Happy Banjo!

How to deal with a cold but dfamp day in the Catskills? Two banjos, oner drying by railroad lanterns, the other being played. The hurrican ;amp is my hand warmer.
6 hours ago
Dan'l posted a discussion
7 hours ago
Paul Draper commented on Paul Draper's video
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Carve Dat Possum

"Thanks Lisa. I'm camped right next to Dave here at Genero. We've been playing some 19th c. chestnuts into the wee hours of the morn and have had some nice fiddle collaboration."
10 hours ago
John posted a discussion

Moschella Minstrel Banjo

I'm selling a minstrel banjo by Jay Moschella that I recently purchased on the forum.  It's a fantastic banjo, but another instrument has come up, and you know, I have to sell a banjo to buy more... it's an addiction.  Anyway, this banjo is in very good condition (a few very little dings here or there) and it sounds great.  It has good volume and response and a very nice minstrel bell-tone sound.  The action is a little high compared to Terry Bell or Jim Hartel's banjos (this may account for…See More
yesterday
Strumelia commented on Paul Draper's video
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Carve Dat Possum

"Great job, Paul!    :)   I loved Dave's performance as well.  Sort of a spooky song. You need to bring the vocals up somehow though?- the banjo is not letting the voice lead. What is the percussion you used?"
yesterday
Tim Twiss commented on Tim Twiss's video
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The Zig Zag Hornpipe

"I'm all for a little slop if the groove stays tight"
yesterday
Wes Merchant liked Tim Twiss's video
yesterday
Tim Twiss commented on Tim Twiss's blog post Tunes, memory, and insanity
"In thinking on this, ( and this is just me thinking out loud ) I felt a little improvement in the second one, It may be undectable to others, but I sensed a "weightedness" and deliberate feel to the notes more in the second one, which is…"
yesterday
Tim Twiss posted a blog post

Tunes, memory, and insanity

The darndest thing happened tonight. I was sleuthing out tunes in Kerr's and came across one I liked. It was the Zig Zag Hornpipe. After I recorded it and put it up in Youtube, I realized that I had done it already some months earlier. I had no memory or recollection of it. I listened to it, and the interpretation was basically the same, with a minor fingering change. Still pondering what this means.......Anyway, I posted the new version. Has a pretty relaxed feel. Hope you like the tune.See More
Saturday
Tim Twiss posted a video
Saturday
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Saturday
Dan'l left a comment for Tim Twiss
"Tim - I enjoyed your set at Jackson, and as I hoped you pulled out some Minstrel banjo. It was great you invited up the tambo lad, I could tell he was enjoyin' things. Whatever mic setup you had - looked like an active/powered mike - was…"
Friday
Strumelia left a comment for Ambrose Verdibello
"Yes Ambrose, Brian and I too have been enjoying learning some of the minstrel repertoire.  It's refreshing."
Thursday
Ambrose Verdibello left a comment for Paul Draper
"Thanks Paul - I'm looking forward to playing some of these pieces with you - you're an inspiration. "
Thursday
Ambrose Verdibello is now friends with Strumelia and Paul Draper
Thursday
Marek Bennett left a comment for Bob Kilham
"Hi Bob ~ Looking forward to yr. concert at Concord Thursday.  I believe you know my fellow callithumpian, Mr. W. Pringle of Bradford. ~ M"
Wednesday
Marek Bennett liked Bob Kilham's profile
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