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Ian Bell
  • Male
  • Paris, Ontario
  • Canada
  • off and on (mostly off) for 40 yrs.
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Ian Bell's Discussions

1900 CATALOGUE BANJO IMAGES

Started Jan 26 0 Replies

Does anyone know of a good place to look online for old catalogue images of turn of the (20th) century banjos? I just fixed up a dreadful old tub for someone (32 brackets, painted on fretboard, and…Continue

SEEKING ADVICE

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ian Bell Jan 21, 2015. 3 Replies

Hello all,I'm trying to figure out if I can can attend the Sweeney Weekend, and am wondering if there might be any possible gigging opportunities in that area around that time. I'm booked to play at…Continue

SEEKING TAMBOURINE ADVICE

Started this discussion. Last reply by Strumelia Apr 2, 2014. 4 Replies

Ahoy Comrades,Has anyone in the gang ever built a tambourine? My nephew is a hot percussionist with a taste for the bizarre, and he's going off to study music at the University of Toronto next year.…Continue

Lon Morris's Jig - Scordatura?

Started May 19, 2012 0 Replies

Anybody ever taken a run at Lon Morris's Jig in the 1868 Buckley Book?  (p.15)I think he's telling me to retune the banjo to raised bass and with the fifth string tuned flat but then finger the notes…Continue

 

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Lyon & Healy "Mystic" Banjo

"Sounds great, Ian. Love this tune."
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Lyon & Healy "Mystic" Banjo

"Too, Utterly Too" - a parlour banjo piece - from Baur's "Banjoists' Budget" of 1888 - played on a Lyon & Healy "Mystic" banjo (circa 1895) with nylgut strin...
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"I just had a look at this link- some great resources and leads in there to explore!  I've been learning a bit of pipe & tabor lately and have found some of the 1600-1700s French country 'branle'/dance tunes to be just the…"
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"No thermometer gadget this time, but we are half way to our goal!"
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"I sent in mine! I'm not as active in this group as I used to be - but I still love hanging out!"
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"Ok John, sending you a PM here so I can donate via Paypal."
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"Strumelia, and anyone else who can't make the donate page work, if you use paypal you can send a donation to my email address.  If you don't have that send me a mail message and I will send you an address or email address to which you…"
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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
happy accident
How long have you played banjo?
off and on (mostly off) for 40 yrs.
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Three home-made tackheads (one a four-string gourd), A circa 1900 C. Bruno Peerless, nylon strung since about 1975- A Gold Tone open-back since last year

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Have Fun in Antietam!

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 8:35am 2 Comments

Wish I could come, but pesky work has gotten in the way again. Plunk one out for me!

Has anyone read this book?

Posted on February 7, 2013 at 1:14pm 6 Comments

On Amazon I stubled across this title; The Banjo Entertainers: Roots to Ragtime, a Banjo History.

It's by someone named Lowell H. Schreyer. It's only a few years old…

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IDLE THOUGHTS - TUNE TITLES

Posted on January 23, 2013 at 8:04am 6 Comments

I was going through some music looking for something new to play, and landed on General Burnside's Jig.

It only took a couple of bars to realize that I already knew it. It was a version of the tune that's also called The Octaroon Jig, and Emancipation Jig in a couple of other books - only a few notes different. (not any of the important ones)

Boston Jig aka Modoc Reel is another tune with multiple titles (there's at least one more for that too) It would be interesting to do a survey… Continue

Comment Wall (18 comments)

At 12:06pm on February 20, 2010, Carl Anderton said…
That sounds very interesting, Ian, I'd love to take a look at it.
At 9:48pm on March 06, 2010, Tim Twiss gave Ian Bell a gift
At 1:44am on April 7, 2010, Rob MacKillop said…
Many thanks, Ian. Glad you enjoyed your vacation ;-)
At 11:58am on June 23, 2010, Trevor stevens said…
Thank you for your welcome, I love riding although I was sixty before my first lesson.
I have ridden in some of our ACW battles here in the UK.
Are there any free tabs out there for minstrel banjo?
I love this site, well done to ya'll
trevor
At 11:58am on August 26, 2010, Rob MacKillop said…
Thanks, Ian. A very interesting and moving article. I had never heard of Scott. Seems to have been a good un.
At 8:17am on October 18, 2010, Bill Graham said…
Thanks for the greetings. Would have responded but have had computer problems. Darned machines!
At 8:24am on April 10, 2011, Dena Lee said…
Thanks for the welcome, Ian. You are right. I am not beareded. Heehee. Are there good banjo gatherings in your area, I am in Ontario often. None here that arent ALL bluegrass
At 8:43am on April 24, 2011, Dena Lee said…
I thought your town sounded familiar to me. I've been near there on my way to Barrie from London. In a few weeks I will be in Toronto and then Parry Sound. I'll wave as I pass by. :-)
In Toronto, I will be building a fretless tackhead tenor at Jeff Menzies' workshop. Dena
At 7:59pm on July 25, 2011, Strumelia said…
Ian, thank you very much for your welcome greeting.
At 9:13am on August 11, 2011, Dena Lee said…
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.
Would you be interested in getting together to compare builder's notes in the future?  I am new at building and always happy to meet with others.

Dena

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