Minstrel Banjo

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Creating a banjo arrangement

One of our members has asked how do I go about creating a period banjo part for a tune. This is a great question, and I don't have a pat an…

Started by John Masciale

33 Jan 2, 2009
Reply by Tim Twiss

Lilly Library, Indiana University

John & I were at the Lilly Library yesterday (picked up our daughter for Christmas break). We spent several hours at the Lilly studying…

Started by Elaine Masciale

6 Jan 2, 2009
Reply by John Masciale

Would You Become a Banjoist?

Would You Become a Banjoist ? Written for The Cadenza. By Frank B. Converse, New York City. Then you must work. The person who imagines…

Started by Carl Anderton

1 Jan 1, 2009
Reply by Dan'l

Jeff Menzies Gourd Banjo Making Workshop at the Ozark Folk Center

I will be teaching a week long gourd banjo making class at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas from March 15th-20th. The works…

Started by Jeff Menzies

0 Dec 29, 2008

Concert announcement

Hi All, Here is info on a concert I will be performing in with my wife and partner, Maggi. In addition to banjo, I'll be playing guitar,…

Started by Jim Dalton

9 Dec 26, 2008
Reply by Jim Dalton

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I wish I could leave a banjo under your tree. Instead, attached is a small arrang…

Started by John Masciale

3 Dec 24, 2008
Reply by Dan'l

Banjo and Christmas

I normally play keyboards on Sunday mornings at church, along with a couple of guitarists, a drummer, and a bass player. Elaine has been jo…

Started by John Masciale

3 Dec 21, 2008
Reply by Trapdoor2

Stand or Sit?

In a performance, do you stand or sit? I have been sitting for a long time, even bringing my own stool to every job. Recently, I have begun…

Started by Tim Twiss

11 Dec 17, 2008
Reply by Kyle (Cuffie) Pretzl

"Minstrel" bridges.

The history, or appropriate period accuracy, of these has been something I have tried to track down off and on. I often see them referenc…

Started by Joel Hooks

5 Dec 13, 2008
Reply by David Swarens


Howdy Everyone, I need a new place to lurk since everyone left the Tom Brigs site. Cheers, ~John aka Tackhead

Started by John Flynn

1 Dec 12, 2008
Reply by Rick Hadley


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