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Hi everyone.  I have just added a Donate tab to the site.  I just paid for the site for another year ($240).  I would appreciate it if peop…

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I have paid $240 for this site for another year .  The payment widget I used to use is no longer available, so the procedure is a little di…

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Antietam Early Banjo Gathering-VII (June 20-22, 2014)

2014 Antietam Early Banjo Gathering (AEBG-VII) At the National Museum of Civil War Medicine’s Pry House Field Hospital Museum On Antietam N…

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Gut 4th string

I thought it was a good idea but it is a pita. Impossible to tune since it's so fat even the slightest twist of the peg send it's sharp or…

Started by Chris Prieto

15 Aug 11
Reply by Chris Prieto

Helpful tip - side dot markers

Here is a non-invasive, not-permanent way to add attractive & professional looking side dots to any neck. They can Really help when (or…

Started by Tom Berghan

0 Aug 4

Early Banjo Etudes-Video Tutorials

All the early books claim to be "tutorials" but they lack any sense of logical progression. You get a lot of theory, and them the book leap…

Started by Timothy Twiss

2 Aug 1
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Baltimore Whig Convention Quick Step

I got this tune (1840), from the Levy website.  A decent tune but I'm confused. The 1839/40 Whig Convention was in Harrisburg, PA.  The Dem…

Started by Al Smitley

2 Jul 26
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100 comic songs : music and words : 1858

This is a nice little book that I just ran across and thought I would share. Unlike many song books of this period, this one contains music…

Started by Wes Merchant

6 Jul 24
Reply by Al Smitley

Harmonica Used by Minstrel Performers?

This is a follow up on Curtis' comment in the chat room. We are both interested in learning if harmonicas were used by minstrel performers.…

Started by Tom Taggart

56 Jul 23
Reply by Scott Danneker

How long do you take to learn a song you haven't heard before?

I have begun trying to rely less on familiarity and memory and trying to play songs I don't remember hearing by only reading the sheet musi…

Started by Chris Prieto

7 Jul 21
Reply by Joel Hooks

Lightweight banjo case...

Hello, Has anyone had experiences with Gator Lightweight Banjo Cases? Any suggestions for others?

Started by Roberta Perkins

0 Jul 15

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Started by Wes Merchant

4 Jul 15
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29" scale length gourdie

is 29" scale length totally insane? I myself suffer of the ol trex arms and dont think I could muster it but I am curious if humans with re…

Started by Chris Prieto

9 Jul 10
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