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  • Carson City, NV
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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Has anyone ever seen or heard of an historical reference to reinforcing the right index finger by wrapping it--as in a bandage or taping?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

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Are there any historical references to resting the right little finger on the banjo head--or at least touching it there--to stabilize the right hand during stroke style playing?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

Anyone know the location of this historical photo?ChrisSee More
May 15, 2016
CW Bayer replied to CW Bayer's discussion The Strychnine Banjo--program in Sacramento, Aug. 16, 12:30, Sacramento Public Library
"Off to Bodie Saturday. First outing with the book."
Aug 5, 2015
CW Bayer replied to CW Bayer's discussion The Strychnine Banjo--program in Sacramento, Aug. 16, 12:30, Sacramento Public Library
"Thanks. The focus of the book is mostly the 1860s. The leading characters arrived in California about 1852. And we're young. They became truly professional in the 60s. Rhoades played a 1867 Dobson in 68. Some really interesting photos of 1860s…"
Jul 18, 2015
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The Strychnine Banjo--program in Sacramento, Aug. 16, 12:30, Sacramento Public Library

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 while to get the story on Charley Rhoades, Jake Wallace and "The Days of '49". But here it is. Pretty wonderful tales. I'm not the best minstrel banjo player in the world. But story more than makes up for that.Here's some text in case the flyer doesn't show:THE STRYCHNINE BANJO-Sacramento Public Library…See More
Jul 14, 2015
Tim Twiss replied to CW Bayer's discussion Reinforcing the right index finger--an historical question
"No"
Jul 9, 2015
CW Bayer posted a discussion

Reinforcing the right index finger--an historical question

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 stroke style playing with a thimble.
Jul 9, 2015
CW Bayer replied to John Cohen's discussion Shedding light on the beginnings of fingerstyle banjo and other topics
"Only within the walls of the empire is the tree of knowledge forbidden."
Jun 12, 2015
CW Bayer replied to John Cohen's discussion Shedding light on the beginnings of fingerstyle banjo and other topics
"I use the term "celtic harp" because it is the term everyone is familiar with. About 1100 the instrument was considered natural or native to the British Isles as a whole--so one can argue with that name. And going back further, it was…"
Jun 12, 2015
CW Bayer replied to John Cohen's discussion Shedding light on the beginnings of fingerstyle banjo and other topics
"Ok. I read it. Lots of interesting stuff. And some confusion about whether a drone is high, low, or either one. Along those lines, I'd argue that a drone based music is in balance when it has both a high and low drone. So, on the historical…"
Jun 12, 2015
CW Bayer replied to John Cohen's discussion Shedding light on the beginnings of fingerstyle banjo and other topics
"I might add that I find it curious that we have no western/European terminology for the use of drones. We think of music as chord based. And, I think with German influence, American popular melody becomes much more chord based after 1870. Still, a…"
Jun 12, 2015
CW Bayer replied to John Cohen's discussion Shedding light on the beginnings of fingerstyle banjo and other topics
"As she explained it to me, there is a primary melody in one rhythm and a secondary melody in another. I tend to believe this developed from an earlier practice of a secondary rhythm on a drone. That being said, when I was look at the historical…"
Jun 12, 2015
CW Bayer replied to John Cohen's discussion Shedding light on the beginnings of fingerstyle banjo and other topics
"I have been talking to a young lady who plays music from Zimbabwe and she is hoping to learn the banjo. Right now she has a cheapo starter banjo. She was showing me the countering rhythms created by thumb versus fingers on the thumb piano--the…"
Jun 12, 2015
CW Bayer replied to John Cohen's discussion Shedding light on the beginnings of fingerstyle banjo and other topics
"From my brief conversation with a player in the thumb lead/up pick style my impression is that he gravitated toward slower, more sentimental tunes. In other words, while that style might be used for assertive, dynamic instrumental pieces when…"
Jun 11, 2015
CW Bayer replied to John Cohen's discussion Shedding light on the beginnings of fingerstyle banjo and other topics
"Back in the old days I remember an old time banjo player showing me a hybrid two finger/up pick style that he'd played in the 30s and said was from his part of the South."
Jun 11, 2015
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ANYONE KNOW WHERE THIS PHOTO IS?

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

Anyone know the location of this historical photo?

Chris

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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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