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Dena Lee
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Tenor banjo tuning

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dena Lee Jun 2, 2011. 3 Replies

Family of Kora I was talking with a member of an other banjo group.  He suggested a tuning for tenor banjo that seems to suit my…Continue

Jeff Menzies Workshop

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dena Lee Aug 10, 2011. 13 Replies

Check out photos from the workshop I am currently attending with Jeff Menzies at his studio in Ontario.  What a thrill.…Continue

Thanks to all my early banjo friends!

Started May 5, 2011 0 Replies

I am happy to announce that my CD is now available online at www.cdbaby.com/cd/denalee.  I have felt welcomed and encouraged by this group. For that I…Continue

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"Thanks! I appreciate that."
Sep 27, 2015
Strumelia left a comment for Dena Lee
"Great, I enjoyed it!    :)"
Sep 27, 2015
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"Hello, Strumelia: Yes. That's me. Thanks for the post. I had not seen the article."
Sep 27, 2015
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"Dena, I just stumbled on this article- is this you who gave this awesome talk?: Gourd banjo talk"
Sep 27, 2015
Adam Zimmerman and Dena Lee are now friends
Mar 26, 2012
Highnoon left a comment for Dena Lee
"Thank you so much for the friend request! Guess what? I'm getting a Menzies Gourd Banjo! Yee Haaww! Oops! I let my Appalachian dialect escape me there!!!"
Aug 16, 2011
Dena Lee left a comment for Ian Bell
"Hi, Ian.  Here is a picture of Jeff's latest.  I went with him to pick up the gourd at Northern Dipper.  It was my first time there.  What a neat place.  Hope to see you around.   Banjo Pictures Would you be…"
Aug 11, 2011
Dena Lee replied to Dena Lee's discussion Jeff Menzies Workshop
"Hey, Ian.  I think that we live a lot closer than I knew.  Northern Dipper is about a 20min drive from my house.  Jeff Menzies and I were just there a few days ago.  We should get together for show and tell."
Aug 10, 2011
Ian Bell replied to Dena Lee's discussion Jeff Menzies Workshop
"I got a nice canteen gourd from Northern Dipper a while ago for about $9.00 I just started working on a neck for it this week. All my friends with band saws were away so I did all my rough shaping with saw cuts and chisels. For a while it…"
Aug 10, 2011
Dena Lee replied to Dena Lee's discussion Jeff Menzies Workshop
"Northern Dipper has the most amazing supply of gourds I've seen.  They are thick walled, wonderfully shaped and inexpensive.  Northern Dipper"
Aug 10, 2011
Rob MacKillop replied to Dena Lee's discussion Jeff Menzies Workshop
Aug 10, 2011
John Masciale replied to Dena Lee's discussion Jeff Menzies Workshop
"I got my gourds on Ebay.  You can look for martin/birdhouse gourds, or canteen gourds.  I would suggest contacting the sellers who sell large numbers of gourds, and tell them what you are interested in.  My martin gourds have very…"
Aug 9, 2011
beautyfortheashes replied to Dena Lee's discussion Jeff Menzies Workshop
"I'd definitely be interested in a workshop. I'm from Wales, but I'm studying in Huddersfield (near Manchester & Leeds). I've been looking to try and build a gourd banjo myself this summer, but I can't find any suitable…"
Aug 9, 2011
Dena Lee commented on Dena Lee's photo

Finished tenor banjo

"So true. The sound is quite sonorous and warm. Let's see pictures of your work."
Aug 7, 2011
Bart McNeil commented on Dena Lee's photo

Finished tenor banjo

"it looks great!!! you have done something you can be proud of. If it sounds anywhere near as good as it looks you are way ahead!  I am building a banjo on my own so I am learning by my many mistakes and hopefully my next one will have…"
Aug 6, 2011
Strumelia commented on Dena Lee's photo

penny head after

Aug 5, 2011

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
Internet web page link
How long have you played banjo?
2 years
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Fretless tackhead Jeff Menzies 5 string, 1926 Vega tubaphone tenor, 1930 UKing banjo ukulele

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Comment Wall (27 comments)

At 8:48am on April 7, 2011, Steve Jeter said…

 Welcome!   this is a great site, lots of good people & tons of info, have fun!

At 2:17am on April 8, 2011, Bart McNeil said…

Just caught  the tunes from your recording.... In my opinion they are fabulous!!! It is so delightful to see/hear original composition, lyrics and performance with an early style fretless  banjo. I very much enjoy contemporary narrative song writing and performance. And wow!! What a fine looking banjo!



At 7:58am on April 8, 2011, Bart McNeil said…


I think what struck me is the contrast between the antique and the contemporary without viewing the antique as an artifact but rather as a viable instrument. and then combining it with a narative voice speaking of the now. If that makes any sense. I don't think of the banjo as a particularly mellow instruement... Kind of harsh in fact. I viewed the performance as kind of minimalist in that it was sparce and a little raw. I will listen to them again to clarify my feelings but to me your performance was quite unusual both in tone and content. I am always thrilled when I am surprised, and I was surprised.

I play, (tenor banjo and mandolin primarily) but mainly for myself, or maybe, as my wife might say, to irritate her.... (joke!). I am fairly skilled and have a good ear, but tend to clench up when trying to play for others and would never attempt to sing for an audience.... Thus I haven't gotten up the courage to submit anything, but I love the idea of the contemporary narrative as heard in your tunes.



At 8:02am on April 8, 2011, Ian Bell said…

Hi Dena,

Welcome aboard - It's great to have some new members who aren't grey-bearded middle-aged men. (not that there's anything wrong with that!) I enjoyed your tunes on Myspace.

At 3:13am on April 9, 2011, Sylvia said…
Hi Dena,  enjoyed your two songs..and we are not all bearded middle - aged men :)
At 8:36am on April 10, 2011, Vince Abadie said…
Hi Dena, Thanks for the friend request. I haven't had a chance to listen to your music yet, but I will. Glad to have you as a friend!
At 8:51am on April 10, 2011, Mike Gregory said…

I'm not middle-aged. I was born in 1945, so I'm probably considered "old".


At 9:31am on April 10, 2011, Sylvia said…

Hi Dena,  No , no recordings I'm afraid,  have been known to strum a guitar and sing along to it, but havn't got my fingers around Banjo accompaniments just yet, I am practicing though  : )

At 9:54am on April 10, 2011, Dena Lee said…

Jimmie Stothers sings and plays Cripple Creek.  Thank you, Mr. Lomax!


At 10:05am on April 10, 2011, Sylvia said…

His accompaniment sounds quite complicated to me, with the guitar I just strum sometimes and sometimes just arpeggio.

I like the look of  your tackhead banjo. I've just been buying a new "old " Classic banjo and would like to get a gourd banjo in the not too distant future.  I like the sound of the lower tuning for singing.

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