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Richard Graham commented on Mark Weems's video
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Mid 19th Century Minstrel Tambourine

"Strumelia ~ Dale's two innovations were the bone bushing to facilitate the spinning of the tambourine and an internal tuning system wherein the drum's frame was in two parts. There was the usual drum shell but also an internal ring that…"
Nov 8
Richard Graham commented on Mark Weems's video
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Mid 19th Century Minstrel Tambourine

"Strumelia ~ Dale's two innovations were the bone bushing to facilitate the spinning of the tambourine and an internal tuning system wherein the drum's frame was in two parts. There was the shell and an internal ring that could be force up…"
Nov 8
Richard Graham commented on Mark Weems's video
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"Mark Weems, please re-read my post. The African-American tambourinist didn't need to read that book, it was written ABOUT them and their tambourine techniques by an English composer. Besides, literary evidence suggests that most of the Black…"
Nov 8
Richard Graham commented on Mark Weems's video
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"Glen Velez and I collectively have some 12,000 images of frame drums covering this instrument's 6,000 year plus history. A few facts that have long been established regarding the history of these drums, among them is the introduction of sound…"
Nov 8
Richard Graham commented on Mark Weems's video
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Mid 19th Century Minstrel Tambourine

"Glen Velez and I collectively have some 12,000 images of frame drums covering this instrument's 6,000 year plus history. A few facts that have long been established regarding the history of these drums, among them is the introduction of sound…"
Nov 8
Richard Graham replied to Mark Weems's discussion Dave Kirchner's Original Giant Early Tambourine (20 inches)
"Could be Eastern European, but it's a bit large for a buben, But it reminds me greatly of 18th military tambourines, which are quite rare outside of museum examples. It's in rough shape but still quite a find!!"
Nov 7
Richard Graham commented on Mark Weems's video
Nov 7
Richard Graham commented on Mark Weems's video
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Mid 19th Century Minstrel Tambourine

"It is also important to understand that the tambourine is an incredibly versatile instrument that has many different playing techniques and many specific models. Important variants include how the instrument is held and played, the ratio of jingle…"
Nov 7
Richard Graham commented on Mark Weems's video
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"Joseph Dale's tambourine manual is in old English so it is a bit tough to read, but none the less fascinating. The tambourinists who created this style were a group of expatriate African-Americans, African-Caribbean, and African musicians. They…"
Nov 7
Richard Graham commented on Mark Weems's video
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"Dale%27s%20Instructions%20for%20the%20Tambourine.pdf"
Nov 7
Richard Graham commented on Mark Weems's video
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Mid 19th Century Minstrel Tambourine

"I'm finishing up my book on African-derived drumming in the 18th and 19th century, after it's done, I will likely publish another shorter book or journal article on an entire complex of frame drumming that coalesced in 18th century London…"
Nov 7
Richard Graham commented on Mark Weems's video
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"It's a great looking drum and nice playing, but inauthentic for minstrel era performance. Studying the pictorial and literary evidence from the period, the dum and tak strokes of the Arabic approach were never used. The clicking of jingles…"
Nov 6
Richard Graham replied to Matthew Mickletz's discussion Awesome Banjo, bones, minstrels image
"It sure looks like an old tack head tambourine, and from the hand position, likely one with a thumb hole equipped with a bushing for turning the instrument, a staple of minstrel tambourine performance. Reminds me greatly of the tambourinist with the…"
Nov 6
Richard Graham replied to John Cohen's discussion Giant (and old!) Tambourine
"LOL!!! With all humility, I have been playing and studying various tambourines and frame drums for over 40 years, have published academic articles, run a web site on them, and have over the years have done several appraisals and repairs on…"
Nov 6
Richard Graham replied to Ian Bell's discussion SEEKING TAMBOURINE ADVICE
"Hey Ian, You should take your finished hoop, make or obtain some nice brass jingles, then mark out four or five rectangular jingle slots with a pencil a bit closer to the open end than to the end where you want to stretch the head. You can use a…"
Nov 6
Richard Graham replied to Bob Sayers's discussion Look to the Tambourine
"Tuning keys on tambourines date back to around 1500 in Europe, although they weren't common until the late 18th century when a number of London makers responded to a growing demand there. Now I've heard that Boucher also made tambourines…"
Nov 6

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I have an Akonting

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