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Richard Katz
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Early banjo finger style description

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Jul 21, 2016. 7 Replies

Just read this in Laurent Dubois' book, "The Banjo, America's African Instrument".Frank Converse, who published two influential banjo tutors in 1865, stated;"The first banjo I ever heard was in the…Continue

String comparison

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Draper Sep 8, 2015. 9 Replies

Seems most minstrel banjos are using Aquila Nylgut strings. These have a harder, brighter sound. I have these on my Hartel Boucher. I have nylon strings on my Sholder gourd banjo. Don't know the…Continue

Sweet Sunny South tab

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tim Twiss Jul 29, 2015. 14 Replies

Would anyone have a tab in Minstrel tuning for Sweet Sunny South or is this even possible?I really love this tune and I have been trying to sound it out by ear but have not been very successful.Color…Continue

Minstrel vest

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Chase Jun 25, 2015. 2 Replies

So...where does one purchase a nice Minstrel period vest preferrably in a nice brocade with a shawl collar? Maybe a place that sells period clothing you could recommend? Thanks! Richard

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The Boston Jig

"Thanks Strum. Yeah I know I played them undotted, but I like it better that way. A bit more upbeat and lively."
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The Boston Jig

"Cool, Richard!  In making all the 'dotted' notes 'undotted', your version has unique timing.  That makes it different and individually your own. Sounds crispy!"
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The Boston Jig

"The Boston Jig" from Buckley 1860 played on a James Hartel "Boucher" minstrel banjo tuned dGDF#A with nylon strings.
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Few Days

"Few Days" from the Winner's New Primer for the Banjo, 1864, played on an 1888 Luscomb no. 1 banjo tuned gDGBD with nylon strings.
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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
Cedric Watson
How long have you played banjo?
Not long enough
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
S.S. Stewart Special Thoroughbred, Luscomb No.1, Barry Sholder Gourd, and James Hartel Boucher no. 155.

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At 2:42pm on July 23, 2015, Leonidas (Lee) Jones said…
Welcome, new friend!
At 3:20pm on July 23, 2015, Richard Katz said…
Many thanks!

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