Minstrel Banjo

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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

Playing in keys of D (Briggs) or E (Rice)

Newbie here. Briggs tuning: dGDF#A  Can play tunes in G (1 sharp-F#) or D (2 sharps-C#, F#) Rice tuning: eAEG#B  Can play tunes in A (3 sha…

Started by Jon

2 Mar 30
Reply by John Masciale

New MInstrel Banjo Program at Midwest Banjo Camp

Experienced banjoists of any skill level are invited to take part in our new full-time “Minstrel Banjo” track, taught by Greg C Adams, and…

Started by Ken Perlman

1 Mar 27
Reply by Jon


Some time ago, I think it was Wes who said that there might be interest at the Pry House/Barn about rejuvenating the EABG.  Are there any u…

Started by Al Smitley

3 Mar 14
Reply by Wes Merchant

adding pictures

when I attempt to add pictures to my page it says I need a Plug to do so. will someone kindly tell me what I need and where do I get it Im…

Started by Ronald Hanes

2 Mar 4
Reply by Ronald Hanes

Joel Walker Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence 2017

Dates are set for September 8-10th for this year at Appomattox Courthouse, Va.  Mark your calenders! Details from David Wooldridge to follo…

Started by Mark Weems

1 Mar 1
Reply by Scott Danneker

need to learn one more thing about my new Boucher

Let me start by saying my new Bell Boucher kit is absolutely beautiful. I do 'have a question though. About the nut. It a great piece of wo…

Started by Ronald Hanes

3 Feb 27
Reply by Chris Prieto

Progress report on my new Bell Boucher

Well I have it finished and strung. It's a thing of beauty. Mr Bell has produced a very fine instrument. I did a set up based on advice giv…

Started by Ronald Hanes

0 Feb 27

Assistance request regarding a Boucher banjo

I have a Bell Boucher arriving this week. It will be my first fretless Is there a picture or diagram that explains how to use the curves on…

Started by Ronald Hanes

8 Feb 23
Reply by Brian Kimerer


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