Minstrel Banjo

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Barry Sholder
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Fiddle question......What?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barry Sholder May 1, 2011. 12 Replies

A quick answer will do ....Is there much difference in O/T fiddling compared to Minstrel fiddling.  I see plenty of fiddling photos . Is there a souce like the Minstrel sight?

what constitutes a Minstrel Banjo?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Vince Abadie May 4, 2011. 23 Replies

Does a gourd banjo with a wide neck qualify as a Minstrel Banjo?

Pull offs on open strings

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob Morrison Jan 24, 2011. 7 Replies

I just received 2 of Bob Fleshers Minstrel Books and I'm a bit puzzled by these pull offs on open strings. I'm a good clawhammer player but I'm not quite catching what's going on . Most of the things…Continue

Plans

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barry Sholder Jan 12, 2011. 5 Replies

Does anyone have full size plans available for a wide neck minstrel banjo. I have made many gourd banjos but I would like to make a correct neck.

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Vince Abadie replied to Barry Sholder's discussion what constitutes a Minstrel Banjo?
"I would love to, Dena, and thanks! But my daughter got married last summer and now has grandchild #1 on the way in October, and my son is getting married in November. It's not looking like a trip is in the budget , unless that powerball ticket…"
May 4, 2011
Dena Lee replied to Barry Sholder's discussion what constitutes a Minstrel Banjo?
"Vince, you are funny.  I hope you are attending this year. "
May 4, 2011
Vince Abadie replied to Barry Sholder's discussion what constitutes a Minstrel Banjo?
"Ah...I was close. "
May 2, 2011
Vince Abadie replied to Barry Sholder's discussion what constitutes a Minstrel Banjo?
"I haven't been to one, but I believe it stands for Annual Early Banjo Gathering 4 (being the 4th one, not 1 nor 2, nor even 3...and 5 is right out...oh sorry...a Monty Python moment!). "
May 2, 2011
Barry Sholder replied to Barry Sholder's discussion Fiddle question......What?
"exactly what I was looking for Thanks Dan"
May 1, 2011
Dan Gibson replied to Barry Sholder's discussion Fiddle question......What?
"I ran across this on a Google search for "Mid-nineteenth century fiddle"   http://www.adventurousmusestore.com/servlet/the-295/authentic-19th-century-fiddle/Detail"
Apr 30, 2011
Barry Sholder and Dena Lee are now friends
Apr 24, 2011
Dena Lee left a comment for Barry Sholder
"Hi, Barry. Your banjos look great. I am attending a workshop with Jeff Menzies in a few weeks. He makes gourd banjos and tackhead wooden pot banjos. Here is his site. http://www.jeffreymenzies.com/. I am playing a banjo made by him on my…"
Apr 24, 2011
Barry Sholder replied to Barry Sholder's discussion what constitutes a Minstrel Banjo?
"Dena thanks for the reply I was never aware of the banjoproject and look forward to seeing it"
Apr 24, 2011
Dena Lee replied to Barry Sholder's discussion what constitutes a Minstrel Banjo?
"I am not qualified to answer this question. But I appreciate this conversation. The video posted on The Banjo Project website is insightful. Though I am sad to see the negative light cast on minstrel music in this short review of the project, I look…"
Apr 23, 2011
Carl Anderton replied to Barry Sholder's discussion Fiddle question......What?
"We do tend to veer off topic!  It's all good, however.  Rob, thank you for that answer, it was very well put.  I need to read Cee-Cee's book, I guess.  We hash all this out in a couple of months."
Apr 23, 2011
Ian Bell replied to Barry Sholder's discussion Fiddle question......What?
"Well Barry, so much for the quick answer you suggested! Good chat none-the-less."
Apr 23, 2011
Rob Morrison replied to Barry Sholder's discussion Fiddle question......What?
"Carl-- The basic proposition that banjo playing and banjo techniques made it to the Appalachian regions from African American players, without the intermediary of the minstrel stage, is laid out in Cece Conway's book "African Banjo Echoes…"
Apr 23, 2011
Joel Hooks replied to Barry Sholder's discussion Fiddle question......What?
"Burnt cork, gut strings, no chin rests= minstrel violin. Wire strings, blazing speed, extreme volume= old time."
Apr 23, 2011
Ian Bell replied to Barry Sholder's discussion Fiddle question......What?
"You're right Rob. I wasn't really thinking about the "folk" stream of banjo players when I said that - more about the people who, like us learned the techniques and tunes from Briggs, Converse etc.   "
Apr 23, 2011
Carl Anderton replied to Barry Sholder's discussion Fiddle question......What?
"Rob,   Are we talking mid or later nineteenth century?  A lot of the (admittedly limited) evidence that I've come across says that banjos were somewhat rare in the 1840-s and 50's, and the minstrel style was indeed the…"
Apr 23, 2011

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
Link from Banjo hangout
How long have you played banjo?
25
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Make gourd banjos

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Comment Wall (3 comments)

At 12:20pm on January 10, 2011, Randy Cordle said…
Welcome aboard, Barry!
At 6:19pm on January 10, 2011, John Masciale said…

Barry,

It is not shameless to promote yourself, just don't be obnoxious about it.  We have a number of banjo makers on this site.  For instance, Jay Moschella just posted a photo with a couple of banjos he just completed.  I think people were enthusiastic to see what he has been making.

Forums can be created for discussion.  We have basically 3 forum types at present, uncategorized, Classified, and Friday Night Challenge.  The friday night challenge was created when we were suggesting a piece of music to learn across a week, and to then have people record their progress.

 

The classified forum was added if people want to put something up for sale.  Welcome aboard.

 

At 8:24am on April 24, 2011, Dena Lee said…
Hi, Barry. Your banjos look great. I am attending a workshop with Jeff Menzies in a few weeks. He makes gourd banjos and tackhead wooden pot banjos. Here is his site. http://www.jeffreymenzies.com/. I am playing a banjo made by him on my website on the song YoYo Beau. You can hear it at www.myspace.com/denasings

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