Minstrel Banjo

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"I am a pianist, and sight reading has never really been the issue. The challenge is…"

John Masciale replied Jul 21 to How long do you take to learn a song you haven't heard before?

7 Jul 21
Reply by Joel Hooks

"I am very impressed by the Bell banjos that I have seen.  Terry really understands w…"

John Masciale replied Jun 2 to Bell Banjos

22 Jun 29
Reply by Parker Buckley

"I use varnished strings, they are much more weather resistant.  If they are not varn…"

John Masciale replied May 23 to Gut 4th string

17 Oct 9
Reply by Strumelia

"When playing in the key of E, just play the notes as written.  An E string in that t…"

John Masciale replied Mar 30 to Playing in keys of D (Briggs) or E (Rice)

2 Mar 30
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"I purchased it here:  http://hempbeadery.com/shop/hemp-products/hemp-twine-and-cord/…"

John Masciale replied Mar 30 to Question about playing while standing

19 Mar 30
Reply by Timothy Twiss

"You can buy waxed hemp twine for less money than that.  I use it on my frame saw. I…"

John Masciale replied Mar 30 to Question about playing while standing

19 Mar 30
Reply by Timothy Twiss

"There are pictures of Joel Walker Sweeney dancing while playing a gourd banjo.  Gour…"

John Masciale replied Mar 30 to Question about playing while standing

19 Mar 30
Reply by Timothy Twiss

"I have found it useful to be able to read all three notations. This isn't for my own…"

John Masciale replied Jan 4 to Tuning for Anthony Street Reel

20 Jan 4
Reply by Eric Womersley

"I would say that the syncopation for this is typical of Irish and Scottish music. Ye…"

John Masciale replied Nov 18, 2016 to Hell On The Wabash

5 Nov 18, 2016
Reply by John Masciale

"Playing solo I often begin with Johnny Boker."

John Masciale replied Oct 20, 2016 to First Tune

9 Oct 20, 2016
Reply by Timothy Twiss

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