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Brian Kimerer
  • Reading, MA
  • United States
  • 20 years
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How to Upload Videos to Minstrel Banjo

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Chase Nov 18, 2015. 18 Replies

Greetings.I am considering recording a video of my banjo playing and posting it to the forum. I have never done this before, so I need to familiarize myself with the tools before I can start. Other…Continue

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Brian Kimerer replied to Strumelia's discussion October is GOURD BANJO MONTH ! Show the love!
"Even sitting, my giant gourd rolls around. Sometimes I use the chamois to help. Mostly I stick the extra long perch pole under my right knee."
Oct 16
Brian Kimerer replied to Strumelia's discussion October is GOURD BANJO MONTH ! Show the love!
"A gourd is kinda like a punkin', so it makes sense. I don't think you are outa your gourd."
Oct 13
Brian Kimerer commented on Strumelia's video
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Beginner Tune of the Month - (May2016) Old Joe

"Another twisted tune that has shown up here recently is Injun Rubber Overcoat. Lots of syncopation. I am trying to learn that one as well. Then, of course, is the Pea Patch Jig. I have not yet mastered that one. "
Jun 25
Brian Kimerer commented on Cornelius VanderVeen's photo
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Walnut banjo neck in the rough. Drawknife from 1895.

"Wow. That really is starting from scratch. I have built several Boucher necks, but I always started with kiln dried lumber. Do keep posting your progress. This should be interesting."
May 16
Brian Kimerer replied to Brice Alms's discussion What was the common size and tapering of the tuning peg holes in the 19th century.
"Maybe it is the rosewood then. I just took another look at the pegs, and they definitely are not ebony. Nice looking pegs. I have not tried to put compound on the pegs. Too many other fish to fry. I should do that. I could also try to shave them…"
Apr 14
Brian Kimerer replied to Brice Alms's discussion What was the common size and tapering of the tuning peg holes in the 19th century.
"I have a Flesher Boucher minstrel that I built from a kit. It has beautiful rosewood violin tuners for pegs. I dread tuning the instrument because the pegs stick and slip and chatter in the holes. I have had to pound them out of the holes with the…"
Apr 14
Brian Kimerer replied to Brice Alms's discussion What was the common size and tapering of the tuning peg holes in the 19th century.
"I make my pegs out of walnut. They work better than the ebony violin pegs because they aren't as sticky. I think the softer wood compresses more than the ebony and therefore has a better fit... so I don't have to jam them in quite so hard.…"
Apr 13
Brian Kimerer replied to Strumelia's discussion October is GOURD BANJO MONTH ! Show the love!
"Way cool playing, Strum. There are so many instruments that I have never heard of before. Yikes."
Oct 26, 2017
Brian Kimerer replied to Strumelia's discussion October is GOURD BANJO MONTH ! Show the love!
"The bow and the string on my gusla are some sort of twisted material. It is too thick for hair, but I don't know what it is. I found Youtube videos of people playing the gusla and singing. It looks like they are stopping the string in two or…"
Oct 26, 2017
Brian Kimerer replied to Strumelia's discussion October is GOURD BANJO MONTH ! Show the love!
"It is unclear to me how one plays a one-string instrument with no frets and a very high action. I have a Hungarian Gusle, which is a one-string instrument with a bow. http://www.thekimerers.net/brian/strange.shtml I picked it up at a rummage sale…"
Oct 26, 2017
Brian Kimerer replied to Strumelia's discussion October is GOURD BANJO MONTH ! Show the love!
"Nice job. What do they sound like?"
Oct 25, 2017
Brian Kimerer replied to Strumelia's discussion October is GOURD BANJO MONTH ! Show the love!
"When I first started making gourd banjos, I ordered a box of canteen gourds from Welburn Gourd Farm, specifying gourds that were large enough to build banjos. That enormous gourd was in the box. Here is a photo of all the gourds as they…"
Sep 29, 2017
Brian Kimerer replied to Strumelia's discussion October is GOURD BANJO MONTH ! Show the love!
"Here is a photo of my hugest gourd banjo that I built back in ought-nine. The head is ~14" across. That sucker has a very deep voice. I have some recordings of it on my web page: http://www.thekimerers.net/brian/music/ It is the second banjo…"
Sep 28, 2017
Brian Kimerer commented on Strumelia's video
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Carve That Possum

"Wow. I didn't know that was there. That helped a lot. "
Sep 25, 2017
Brian Kimerer commented on Strumelia's video
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Carve That Possum

"Strum, I did watch the video many times, and that is how I knew that I was doing it wrong. But it goes very fast, and it is difficult to tell which fingers are fretting notes and which are just over the finger board. I will see if I can slow it down…"
Sep 24, 2017
Brian Kimerer commented on Strumelia's video
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Carve That Possum

"Strum, Thanks. That is the same music that I found and had trouble with. Looking at my old tutors, it looks like, if you tune the banjo to the E/A (high bass/low bass) tuning, then ignore the key signature in the sheet music (which is C with…"
Sep 24, 2017

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
Followed a link from banjohangout.org
How long have you played banjo?
20 years
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
gourd, minstrel. bluegrass, openback, a-scale, mountain

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At 12:50pm on November 5, 2015, Strumelia said…

Welcome Brian!

(if only the best birds in the forest...)   ;)

At 1:52pm on November 5, 2015, Strumelia said…

Yes, I still have both my Noter Blog: http://dulcimer-noter-drone.blogspot.com/

and also my mtn dulcimer online network FOTMD going, Brian.  Thanks for asking.  Hope you enjoy it here on Minstrelbanjo as much as I do!   :)

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