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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

11 7 hours ago
Reply by Tom Berghan

St. Louis Area Instruction?

Anyone here near St. Louis or who knows someone in the area who might give some basic minstrel instruction and guidance?

Started by Brad Griffith

0 on Saturday

Minstrel banjoist needed for recording - New York

Hello Friends: I'm looking for a minstrel style banjoist to record a short 1879 piece for the Recorded Anthology of American Music on June…

Started by Rick Benjamin

2 May 12
Reply by Rick Benjamin

Player(s) in New York Area?

Greetings: I'm curating a new volume of the Recorded Anthology of American Music and I'm looking for a minstrel banjoist to play in one nu…

Started by Rick Benjamin

4 May 12
Reply by Strumelia

drawing on a goat hide banjo head

I have seen minstrel banjos with drawings on em, what do I use to draw something on my goat skin banjo head, and how can I erase it.

Started by Brice Alms

0 May 1

Stephen Foster's demise

A little article recently online: A songwriter’s desperate end in a Bowery hotel

Started by Strumelia

8 Apr 28
Reply by Paul Draper

Minstrel Boy Banjo Works

Hi gang, Is anyone familiar with Minstrel Boy Banjo Works, Phoenix, Arizona?  The builder is named R. England. I have a banjo made by him t…

Started by Jim Robertson

0 Apr 19

Learning stroke style at American Banjo Camp

Was wondering how many people on the west coast would be interested in learning minstrel 'stroke style' banjo at American Banjo Camp? I hav…

Started by Jim Jacquet

2 Apr 12
Reply by Jim Jacquet

Hybrid Technique

I find that Stroke and Fingerstyle often work interchangeably, and can even be used in the same tune. Does anybody else have a similar expe…

Started by Timothy Twiss

2 Apr 5
Reply by Patrick Dirickx

Question about playing while standing

Did early banjo players use a strap  to secure the banjo for playing  while standing? I've looked online at old photos, paintings etc.  I h…

Started by Ronald Hanes

19 Mar 30
Reply by Timothy Twiss


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