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New MInstrel Banjo Program at Midwest Banjo Camp

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jon Mar 27, 2017. 1 Reply

Experienced banjoists of any skill level are invited to take part in our new full-time “Minstrel Banjo” track, taught by Greg C Adams, and ably assisted by Seth Swingle. The purpose of this track is…Continue

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M'lou Brubaker commented on Ken Perlman's event Midwest Banjo Camp
"Thanks for the endorsement. I am going to go to Camp!!!!"
Feb 17
M'lou Brubaker left a comment for Ken Perlman
"Hi Ken, thanks for writing!    I am learning tunes from your older melodic clawhammer book, and also from Weidlich's Converse and Briggs' books, and Bob Flesher's books, and another older clawhammer book by Eric Muller and…"
Feb 17
Strumelia commented on Ken Perlman's event Midwest Banjo Camp
"Hey M'Lou- I'm not attending this event, but I can tell you that both Greg Adams and Pete Ross (teaching the 19th century program there) are super friendly fellows and both are terrific teachers.  If you go, you'll have a great…"
Feb 16
Ken Perlman left a comment for M'lou Brubaker
"Marylou. There are lots of folks coming to MBC with your background, including both of us directors. . . There might also be opportunities to ride share with other people coming from your region. Let me know if you have any particular questions or…"
Feb 16
M'lou Brubaker commented on Ken Perlman's event Midwest Banjo Camp
"I am thinking about going, though I haven't signed up yet. I will have to drive by myself from northern Minnesota. I have not been to very many gatherings or festivals. I went to Bean Blossom a couple of times in the 70's when Bill Monroe…"
Feb 16
M'lou Brubaker might attend Ken Perlman's event

Midwest Banjo Camp at Olivet College, Olivet MI

June 7, 2018 at 3pm to June 10, 2018 at 2pm
Three days of banjo instruction, concerts, and faculty-led jams. This year we offer a full-time "19th Century Banjo Program" offering instruction in Minstrel and classic styles, taught by Greg C Adams and Pete Ross.See More
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M'lou Brubaker liked Ken Perlman's event Midwest Banjo Camp
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Midwest Banjo Camp at Olivet College, Olivet MI

June 7, 2018 at 3pm to June 10, 2018 at 2pm
Three days of banjo instruction, concerts, and faculty-led jams. This year we offer a full-time "19th Century Banjo Program" offering instruction in Minstrel and classic styles, taught by Greg C Adams and Pete Ross.See More
Oct 24, 2017

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Greg C Adams
How long have you played banjo?
40+ years
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Ome openbacks, tubaphone conversions

Comment Wall (10 comments)

At 2:33pm on February 17, 2017, Anthony J Adamski said…

Welcome Ken! See you at Midwest Banjo Camp. 

Tony

At 3:32pm on February 17, 2017, Ken Perlman said…

Thanks Tony. Do you know about our new minstrel program, with instructors Greg C Adams and Seth Swingle? What's the best way for us to get word about that to the folks who frequent this site? Ken 

At 6:36pm on February 22, 2017, Anthony J Adamski said…

Not sure. Ask Al Smitley.  I plan on attending some of Greg's workshops. I just ordered a Bell Boucher model.

Tony

At 7:03am on February 23, 2017, Ken Perlman said…

How do I get in touch with Al Smitley?

At 11:41am on February 27, 2017, Al Smitley said…

Ken:  Still trying to get in touch with me?  If so,....    alsmitley@gmail.com

At 12:56pm on March 6, 2017, Ken Perlman said…

Yes, hi Al. I'm a director of Midwest BAnjo Camp and we've put in a full-time Minstrel banjo program this year for the first time, with instructor Greg Adams assisted by Seth Swingle. We'd like to get word on this to your membership and wonder if there is an appropriate way. We would like to continue with the program from year to year but of course can only do so if we get enough takers . . .

Best,

Ken

At 5:08pm on March 6, 2017, Al Smitley said…

Ken, I'm confused.  I'm merely an occasional participant on this website and not one who has any 'pull' or authority.  Have you contacted John Masciale?  I think he is the one who maintains the Minstrel Banjo site.  If he's not the one to contact, I'm sure Greg Adams would know who is best to consult. Good luck.

At 5:17pm on March 6, 2017, Strumelia said…

Ken, for starters, you can click on "Events" link at top and put in the event yourself.  Include a website link and maybe some basic facts.  Then you can also start a discussion thread in the site Forum (with descriptive title like "Midwest Banjo Camp 2017") for folks to post back and forth here about it with more info, pix, etc.

At 5:18pm on March 6, 2017, Ken Perlman said…

Thanks. I'll do that!! Best to you. Ken

At 5:40pm on February 17, 2018, M'lou Brubaker said…

Hi Ken, thanks for writing!

   I am learning tunes from your older melodic clawhammer book, and also from Weidlich's Converse and Briggs' books, and Bob Flesher's books, and another older clawhammer book by Eric Muller and Barbara Koehler. I had to learn a less chord-intense style when my left hand was injured a few years ago and I could not reach the more spread-out chords any more. So I first went to fretless, and then started in on your book, which I really like.

  I have realized that I can reach things better on a shorter scale instrument, so I am making a fretless that will fit me, and plan to buy a parlor banjo for tunes that will work better with frets. I will be able to reach things better that way. (I know I can capo up on a regular size banjo and get the same scale, but that 5th string peg then being at the third fret just feels so wrong!)

    Ride sharing might be an option, if it can be worked out. I am up near Grand Rapids Minnesota, northwest of Duluth. I haven't asked around yet among the Bluegrass folks here to see if anyone is going. I don't even know any Old Time players around here.

   We have a few months to see if a ride share will turn up. I'll ask around up here, and maybe you can keep me in mind as people's registrations come in. So! I will register! See you in June! Thanks for being so welcoming.

    -  M'lou Brubaker. (Pronounced “muh-LOO”, as in Skip to M'lou My Darling”.!

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