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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Who here plays concertina?

If you play concertina, then I have some questions for you.  I do not play, but I am considering getting one.  There are numerous configura…

Started by Tom Berghan

8 3 hours ago
Reply by Al Smitley

October is GOURD BANJO MONTH ! Show the love!

I just decided. Because October is the month of Halloween and pumpkins and squash and old hollow/hallow things, even the O in October is ro…

Started by Strumelia

73 Mar 11
Reply by Jeff Menzies

Original Bones?

I have been thinking, since there are original banjos, violins, and tambourines, where are the original bones. does anyone know if there ar…

Started by Brice Alms

0 Mar 6

Instructional Videos

There was a discussion that came and went mentioning the usefulness of instructional videos. Here is a link to my site, where i have them a…

Started by Timothy Twiss

1 Mar 2
Reply by Rob Mohr


I'm embarrassed to admit that I found a whole bunch of messages that I never knew I had. Therefore, I apologize to all those whom I never r…

Started by Al Smitley

3 Mar 1
Reply by Strumelia

Head tension and tuning

I just sort of noticed something. I'm always playing around with tension on the head of the banjo, seeking the Holy Grail of tones. I got o…

Started by Timothy Twiss

1 Feb 26
Reply by Strumelia

How many minstrel banjoists out there?

Out of curiosity, I'm wondering if anyone has a good estimate of the number of minstrel banjoists out there? 

Started by david caron

4 Feb 19
Reply by david caron

Terry Bell

I am often asked about the whereabouts of Terry Bell. I do not know.  Please do not ask me any more.  Good luck to those with outstanding t…

Started by Timothy Twiss

8 Feb 14
Reply by david caron

Hand me down my walking cane - looking for 19th century source

James A. Bland, Hand Me Down My Walking Cane, published 1880. I cannot find any period sheet music. Can you help me? Maybe one of the glee…

Started by Tom Berghan

0 Feb 13

LilyPond notation software

I’m not great at reading music. That is to say, I can stare at a staff and slowly puzzle all of the notes out and painstakingly map them to…

Started by A.N. Chase

19 Feb 13
Reply by Jean Louis Thiry


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