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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 A.N. 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!
"Way cool playing, Strum. There are so many instruments that I have never heard of before. Yikes."
Oct 26
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
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
Brian Kimerer replied to Strumelia's discussion October is GOURD BANJO MONTH ! Show the love!
"Nice job. What do they sound like?"
Oct 25
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
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
Brian Kimerer commented on Strumelia's video
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"Wow. I didn't know that was there. That helped a lot. "
Sep 25
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
Brian Kimerer commented on Strumelia's video
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"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
Brian Kimerer commented on Strumelia's video
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"OK. I think I might have figured this out. The original music is typeset in the key of C, and the melody is therefore in its relative minor, A-minor. I transposed the piece up to the key of E-flat, so the tune is now in the relative minor key of…"
Sep 24
Brian Kimerer commented on Strumelia's video
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"I really liked this. Great job. I had not heard of Carve Dat Possum before, so I looked into it to see if I could learn it. I found the original sheet music and tried to work it up, but what I am trying to play does not look anything like what I see…"
Sep 23
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Sep 23
Brian Kimerer replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion Assistance request regarding a Boucher banjo
"I have mapped out some of the significant landmarks on the Boucher double ogee neck on some photographs of the neck of the banjo I built. It has a Boucher double ogee on it, even though the peghead was designed by me. The web page also discusses how…"
Feb 23
Brian Kimerer replied to A.N. Chase's discussion LilyPond notation software
"The files contain code that is not necessarily used in every tune. As I figure things out I have been building up some templates with a general library of items I might need, such as the chord definitions. For example, if I want to add chord…"
Dec 10, 2016
Brian Kimerer replied to A.N. Chase's discussion LilyPond notation software
"Here is Kemo Kimo, which might be simpler since it does not have the lyrics included. These .ly files put out three different scores, e.g. 1 Standard notation - KeemoKimo.pdf 2. Tab notation - KeemoKimo-1.pdf 3. Midi file - KeemoKimo-2.midi It…"
Dec 9, 2016
Brian Kimerer replied to A.N. Chase's discussion LilyPond notation software
"Here is a short one where I used it to put 3 measures on a line. Give this a go. Musieu Bainjo"
Dec 9, 2016

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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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