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THE STRYCHNINE BANJO--book available free online

Started Oct 31, 2016 0 Replies

I thought you’d want to hear about:THE STRYCHNINE BANJO—Jake Wallace, Charley Rhoades and “The Days of ’49”.A book about the minstrel banjo, the great song and two men in the far West.Go to…Continue

The Strychnine Banjo--program in Sacramento, Aug. 16, 12:30, Sacramento Public Library

Started this discussion. Last reply by CW Bayer Aug 5, 2015. 3 Replies

Forgive the advertisement, but I trust this will be of interest to folks here who might attend. The book--THE STRYCHNINE BANJO- can be purchased from my Mercantile at nevadamusic.comIt's taken a…Continue

Reinforcing the right index finger--an historical question

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tim Twiss Jul 9, 2015. 1 Reply

Has anyone ever seen or heard of an historical reference to reinforcing the right index finger by wrapping it--as in a bandage or taping? This would presumably be to make it stiffer and stronger for…Continue

Tags: right, hand, style, stroke, finger

Resting the right little finger on banjo head?

Started Jun 9, 2015 0 Replies

Are there any historical references to resting the right little finger on the banjo head--or at least touching it there--to stabilize the right hand during stroke style playing?

Tags: finger, little, style, Stroke

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Posted on May 15, 2016 at 9:00pm 0 Comments

Anyone know the location of this historical photo?


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At 4:30am on November 25, 2012, Al Smitley said…

Nice versions.  I've always had an interest in gold rush songs!  Perhaps you can tell me the origin of "What Was Your Name in the States"......and are there any more verses than the single one I've always heard.  I've bookmarked your website!

At 11:10pm on November 25, 2012, CW Bayer said…

Thanks! That song has always struck me as a clever rhyme more than an actual song. So...bottom line...I don't know of any more to it. Gold rush songs are rarely so bluntly honest. They are generally subtle social commentaries--well couched because it was the height of the Victorian era. 

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