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Genford Brewington
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  • Florence, SC
  • United States
  • Just starting out
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Long time, no see!/ Banjo vs Fiddle: How did they play together in the Olden days?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Strumelia May 8, 2014. 4 Replies

Greetings all.  I had to take a little break from all my music-related extracurriculars last year, so I haven't been posting much (or playing any, sadly).I posted this on the Banjo Hangout and Fiddle…Continue

Minstrel banjo and fiddle clips?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dan'l Nov 1, 2012. 9 Replies

Has anybody posted (or know of) any clips of minstrel banjo and fiddle playing together. I have not been on the forum much lately and may have missed it if it has alraedy been posted, but I was just…Continue

Minstrel fiddle?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Wilkins Sep 10, 2012. 26 Replies

I am curious if anyone has any information about the role of the fiddle (not classical "violin") in popular music during the 19th century/minstrel period, particularly in relation to the banjo. For…Continue

Case/Gig bag for Menzies banjo?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Genford Brewington Aug 24, 2012. 10 Replies

I have a Menzies Tackhead and a Menzies Gourd banjo.  They are both 26inch scale.  The tackhead is a 13inch, and I believe the gourd is 9 or 10 inches.  I need something to keep them in when I'm not…Continue

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Cedric Watson and Genford Brewington are now friends
May 18, 2014
Strumelia replied to Genford Brewington's discussion Long time, no see!/ Banjo vs Fiddle: How did they play together in the Olden days?
"Take for example a fiddle tune in the key of G.  Whether the fiddler was in standard or cross tuning, they'd still be playing in the key of G either way- that's pretty much all that matters. On a modern banjo in clawhammer style…"
May 8, 2014
Joseph Sorah replied to Genford Brewington's discussion Long time, no see!/ Banjo vs Fiddle: How did they play together in the Olden days?
"I believe this will put the banjo an octave lower than the standard fiddle tuning."
May 8, 2014
Joseph Sorah replied to Genford Brewington's discussion Long time, no see!/ Banjo vs Fiddle: How did they play together in the Olden days?
"At least one of the tunings (dGDF#A) puts you in the key of D. You could play with a fiddle or dulcimer in first position."
May 8, 2014
Al Smitley replied to Genford Brewington's discussion Long time, no see!/ Banjo vs Fiddle: How did they play together in the Olden days?
"Genford, I'm not responding with any knowledge or insight but simply to state that I will be anxious to read responses to your inquiries.  They are interesting questions!"
May 8, 2014
Genford Brewington replied to Ron's discussion I received Tim's New Book today and will review
"i just ordered mine today.  Really looking forward to it.  Kind of put the early banjo stuff on the back burner for a bit, as I was focusing on clawhammer and fiddle, but this might be a game changer. "
Jan 24, 2013
Greg Adams replied to Genford Brewington's discussion Minstrel banjo and fiddle clips?
"Here's a link to a video we did in Harpers Ferry last year that includes multiple violins, banjo, guitar, and dancers doing several period pieces as a medley: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njAy2TjD1ts"
Oct 30, 2012
Genford Brewington replied to Genford Brewington's discussion Minstrel banjo and fiddle clips?
"Thanks for all those great clips and links.  I recently took up the fiddle and am trying to use my banjo education and fiddle education to supplment each other.  So,this helps a lot."
Oct 29, 2012
Genford Brewington and Tom Morrison are now friends
Oct 26, 2012
Mark Weems replied to Genford Brewington's discussion Minstrel banjo and fiddle clips?
Oct 25, 2012
Matthew Mickletz replied to Genford Brewington's discussion Minstrel banjo and fiddle clips?
"Glad Paul "self-promoted" his clip!  If he didn't I was going to, great stuff! :)  There are also several Camptown Shakers clips floating round the interwebs - banjo, fiddle, tambo ensemble.  Here's one Dave posted…"
Oct 25, 2012
Tom Morrison replied to Genford Brewington's discussion Minstrel banjo and fiddle clips?
"Nice job Paul"
Oct 25, 2012
Tom Morrison replied to Genford Brewington's discussion Minstrel banjo and fiddle clips?
"Hi Genford  I Forgot that there is a free audio sample of Coon Hunt Walk Around / Bee Gumb Reel http://www.drhorsehair.com/index.html I strongly reccomend buying Instructional Material, CDs and the DVD from Bob Flesher as he is in my opinion…"
Oct 25, 2012
Tom Morrison replied to Genford Brewington's discussion Minstrel banjo and fiddle clips?
"Check out Bob Fleshers DVD - http://www.drhorsehair.com/DVDs.html"
Oct 25, 2012
Paul Draper replied to Genford Brewington's discussion Minstrel banjo and fiddle clips?
"Hi Genford - Don't know if this is a good example, but in the interest of self-promotion, I offer http://minstrelbanjo.ning.com/video/essence-of-old-virginny-green-corn"
Oct 25, 2012
Genford Brewington posted a discussion

Minstrel banjo and fiddle clips?

Has anybody posted (or know of) any clips of minstrel banjo and fiddle playing together. I have not been on the forum much lately and may have missed it if it has alraedy been posted, but I was just curious as to how they sound together or what tunes do we have that have parts for both.EDIT: I should noted that I have found like 1 or 2 clips on Youtube, but I thought other folks might know about some others...See More
Oct 25, 2012

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From the Banjo Hangout
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Just starting out
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Jeff Menzies tackhead banjo, Jeff Menzies gourd banjo, Ramsey Custom "Electric" Openback, Ramsey Woody Openback, Stelling Sunflower

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Comment Wall (4 comments)

At 12:53pm on June 4, 2012, Highnoon said…

Thanks for the friend add Genford! Yep, I'm on the dulcimer site also.

At 12:43pm on June 7, 2012, Nicholas A Bechtel said…

Hey Genford...welcome to Minstrel Banjo. Prepare yourself for a lot of fun, and a whole new world of musical exploration.

Cheers!

At 12:27pm on June 21, 2012, Strumelia said…

Wow, getting TWO new banjos in one day....AWESOME!!!  You must be dying to play both at the same time- what a dilemma!   :)   

I once got two banjos on the same day,  11 yrs ago now, when i had Mike Ramsey make me a matched pair- one fretted, one half-fretted....my 'Hog Sisters' pair of banjos.   Genford, you really have some nice banjos at this point!  I can't wait to hear you play them!

At 4:21pm on July 24, 2012, Scott Miller said…

Hey Genford,

Hope we get the chance to jam sometime!

Scott

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