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Grace Morsberger
  • Female
  • Chevy Chase, MD
  • United States
  • Two or so years
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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
Through the Early Banjo Weekend at Harpers Ferry
How long have you played banjo?
Two or so years
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
S. S. Stewart orchestra model from the 1890s

Comment Wall (9 comments)

At 8:18pm on May 24, 2010, Tim Twiss said…
Hi Grace, and welcome to the site!
At 1:24am on May 25, 2010, Sylvia said…
Hi Grace, nice to see another female face. I joined a few days ago, I'm an absolute beginner though. There dosn't seem to be many of us girls around, but I like reading the chat and watching the videos. A bit overawed by the brilliant playing. :-)
At 5:09am on May 25, 2010, Chuck Krepley said…
Hi Grace! It was good to meet you at The Ferry over the weekend. Welcome to the site!
At 9:20am on May 25, 2010, razyn said…
Welcome to the site. I like your profile photo -- could you post a larger version in the "Harpers Ferry" thread? I'm trying to remember who was there, and I think everybody is in your photo except the young lad -- I guess his mom spirited him away before the picture was taken. I don't remember that boy's name, nor that of the lady from Arlington (Vivian?); don't know where Roberta is from, don't know her last name, nor Irving's -- may have everybody else pegged, if not necessarily spelled right.
Dick Hulan ("razyn," on most forums)
At 10:19am on May 25, 2010, razyn said…
OK, I'll wait for Melinda, or maybe send her a tickler. Front row is you, Maggie Adams, Roberta ___, Irving ___ from Mount Holly NJ. Second row: Greg Adams, Tim Twiss, Cynthia Connolly, Frank Diebold (DeBow? unsure of the spelling) from Savannah GA, and Chuck Krepley from Waynesboro PA. Back row is Lucas Bowman from Appalachian State in Boonsboro NC, Dave Kirschner from Fallston MD, Richard Greene (face behind Cynthia's banjo) is a librarian at the Smithsonian, and Dick Hulan from Springfield VA.
At 2:34pm on May 25, 2010, Sylvia said…
Hi Grace,
Harpers Ferry sounded great, don't know if I will ever get to a gathering over there, but I may manage the next one in the UK.

Looking forward to seeing and hearing you on the site.
At 12:35pm on May 26, 2010, Sylvia said…
Hi Grace, I believe there is quite a thriving Banjo Community in the UK but I don't know enough about it to say what styles they play... I myself like the 5 string finger style. A couple of people I know play 4 string plectrum, but I just don't feel comfortable using a plectrum. I am still trying the very easy pieces from a couple of tutor books and won't be anything like good enough to join in with any banjo group for a while yet. Hopefully next year I will be able to go to some of the rallys that they have over here. Liked your photo from Harpers Ferry.
At 4:29pm on May 28, 2010, Sylvia said…
Hi Grace,
I have been looking at and thinking of buying the" Briggs Banjo Instructor" reprint on the "Elderly"site, it dosn't have tab and I am using Tab for Banjo because I find it qicker to read than notation, but I still like to see the notation above and Joseph Weidlich is Tab only. So big decisions, do I buy the Briggs and Tab it myself, or buy the Weidlich and forgo the notation. Think I might sleep on that one.
It seem that there is to be a Banjo Festival over here in October so I might try and get to that one.
At 1:52am on June 1, 2010, Sylvia said…
Hi Grace, I think you are right, I will go for the reprints with the music notation. Have just looked at Bob Winans site and think I may go for the Rice and Buckley books first and then later get the Briggs.
Thank you for your kind offer of some of the music. Myemail address is sbemby@talktalk.net but if you have any problems sending it, don't worry, I have quite a bit to be going on with, I am trying to memorise Spanish Fandango at the moment. I think it was Tim who played it on the video and I liked it.

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