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Rob Mohr
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  • Milford, VA
  • United States
  • 7 years
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Double C

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Masciale Apr 30. 13 Replies

I keep hearing about the "almighty" double C tuning. What exactly is the attraction? I can play in C, granted without the low bass C, in standard G. And maybe I haven't adjusted enough to it, but…Continue

O'er the Crossing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Prieto Oct 24, 2017. 9 Replies

Mark Weems's version of Mister Banjo inspired me to finally purchase Slave Songs of the United States 1867. I found O'er the Crossing, derived in Caroline County where I live. So, I decided to try to…Continue

Picking question for Tim

Started this discussion. Last reply by Timothy Twiss Oct 17, 2017. 6 Replies

I noticed that as you play, at times your thumb sits on top of your index finger. I can't tell if you're playing strings with your thumb in that position or is it all index finger??

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Rob Mohr replied to D. Wooldridge's discussion Reduced Rate for those Wanting a Hotel for the 2018 Appomattox Court House Sweeney Convergence
"Thanks for the invite, Tom!! I'll swing it by my wife and see what we have going."
Wednesday
Rob Mohr commented on D. Wooldridge's photo
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Joel Sweeney & the Banjo Festival 2018

"Awesome poster!! Will those be for sale? It'd look great in my music room to commemorate my first convergence."
Tuesday
Rob Mohr liked D. Wooldridge's event Joel Sweeney Convergence
Aug 3
Rob Mohr replied to D. Wooldridge's discussion Reduced Rate for those Wanting a Hotel for the 2018 Appomattox Court House Sweeney Convergence
"Thanks, David. It'll be odd to be around other banjo players!! Lol surprisingly, not too many around me."
Aug 3
Rob Mohr is attending D. Wooldridge's event
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Joel Sweeney Convergence at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park

September 7, 2018 to September 9, 2018
An opportunity to play early banjo music at historic Appomattox Court House where " the banjo passed from black hands to white hands."See More
Aug 3
Rob Mohr replied to D. Wooldridge's discussion Reduced Rate for those Wanting a Hotel for the 2018 Appomattox Court House Sweeney Convergence
"Great!! Thanks!! Will do...have banjo, will travel lol"
Aug 3
Rob Mohr replied to D. Wooldridge's discussion Reduced Rate for those Wanting a Hotel for the 2018 Appomattox Court House Sweeney Convergence
"I plan on packing up the banjos and driving in on Saturday as I live somewhat close (near Fredericksburg, VA). Is there someplace to meet?? Aside from just listening for the banjos lol"
Aug 3
Rob Mohr commented on Timothy Twiss's blog post Buckley 1868 TAB
"Definitely!!! Got mine a week or so ago. I've been working mostly on the stroke style pieces. But the works are awesome, including the alternate measures."
Jul 3
Rob Mohr replied to M'lou Brubaker's discussion Reading musical notation for the various Tutor books
"It's about time I learned this too. I've been procrastinating because of the intimidation and arduous seeming task. I saw the green Converse recommended, so I'll start there I suppose."
Jul 2
Rob Mohr replied to M'lou Brubaker's discussion Reading musical notation for the various Tutor books
"Great! Thanks! Kinda what I figured. I figured it made it's way to the banjo from the classical guitar style popular at the time."
Jun 30
Rob Mohr replied to M'lou Brubaker's discussion Reading musical notation for the various Tutor books
"Since we're on the subject, when the tutors talk about "guitar style", are they talking about up stroke with the pointer or both the pointer and middle, or strumming? Does this start the path to three finger Scruggs/bluegrass melodic…"
Jun 30
John Masciale replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Double C
"I suspect that the reason many of the Briggs tunes don't use the bass tuning is that they pre-date the adding of the bass string (some time around 1840), which makes them ideal for playing on a 4 string gourd banjo. I do switch my bass string…"
Apr 30
Strumelia replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Double C
"There are always many exceptions in particular tunes, but generally speaking... In oldtime clawhammer the thumb is used most often as a rhythmic tool or syncopation note- either on the 5th string drone (part of the bump-a-dit-ty) OR as part of the…"
Apr 28
Scott Danneker replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Double C
"I think Converse's tunes are more thummby aren't they?  Original Essence of Old Virginny and Phil Rice's Excellsior Jig are other examples of what Greg Adams called "thumb lead" tunes.  What ever happened to Greg…"
Apr 28
Scott Danneker replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Double C
"Thanks Lisa, it's finally beginning to make some sense to me."
Apr 28
Rob Mohr replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Double C
"As secondary point you brought up, should my thumb pick out the melody notes? I find my finger does most of that and my thumb is mostly filler. I suppose this is more Briggs than Converse. "
Apr 28

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
minstrelbanjo.com
How long have you played banjo?
7 years
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Bell Stichter, Backyard Music fretted & fretless, Carver Gourd, Flint Hills resonator

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