Minstrel Banjo

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Help me pay for this site!

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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Time to help pay for this site

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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Minstrel banjo project

Hey everyone, Thought Id post some pics of the banjo I finished today and get some feedback. I had made a small plywood banjo before this o…

Started by Ryan Carlson

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Fretting over fretless

I play standard clawhammer banjo but I'm interested in exploring the roots of banjo - ie: minstrel banjo.  But, the thought of a fretless,…

Started by Steve Stroot

2 2 hours ago
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Jim Crow Museum

Want to look this stuff right in the eye? Take the virtual tour, or better yet......go there. https://ferris.edu/htmls/news/jimcrow/index.…

Started by Timothy Twiss

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Briggs death bed photo

I am having a hard time remembering if there is actually a photo of Briggs in the death bed with Eph next to him or if I made that up entir…

Started by Chris Prieto

0 on Wednesday

Converse Thumb Lead

Since The Convergence, I have jumped into the yellow Converse. I'm struggling with the thumb lead. I've stopped trying to cheat the walk ar…

Started by Rob Mohr

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Hurricane Florence

How are Mark and Jaclyn and them holding up with this weather?? I hope everyone is safe and minimal damage done...i get the periphery winds…

Started by Rob Mohr

2 on Sunday
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Ashborn style banjo build

I've built a rim with a wood flange for tension hooks along the lines of James Ashborn designs.  It's loosely based on Frank Ford's photos…

Started by Jon Whitney

0 Sep 13


Hey all, I don't play the minstrel banjo as often as I do other styles, but I've been in a "minstrel" kind of mood lately. I find that a lo…

Started by david caron

1 Sep 13
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Early Banjo Notation: A re-post over on the Hangout

A common stumbling block in playing old banjo music ( from the mid 19th Century ) is reading notation. TAB is the accepted norm for hobbyis…

Started by Timothy Twiss

2 Sep 9
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Banjo Roots and Branches by Robert Winans

Got my copy in last night. Basically just read the introduction before turning in for the night. Looks like this is going to be a good read…

Started by Trapdoor2

1 Aug 30
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