Minstrel Banjo

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New Prust banjo

Hi, this is my first post on this forum. I just received my Prust basic tackhead banjo the other day, and so far I've been enjoying myself…

Started by Steven J. Berger

2 May 28
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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

12 May 24
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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 May 20

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


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