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I received Tim's New Book today and will review

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ron Jan 26, 2013. 4 Replies

I was very fortunate to receive in today's mail. Tim's new book.  I did not realize that I was one of the first two to respond to his kind offer , until today. I am very happy to provide a review of…Continue

Question about care and Feeding of an early banjo

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dan'l Aug 15, 2012. 12 Replies

   I  was wondering how the people in the early days of banjo managed to be able to play the instrument more than a few rare days out of each year.  I built a banjo recently that has a  calfskin head…Continue

Would you do me a favor

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dan'l Apr 9, 2011. 3 Replies

     I'd appreciate it if someone would watch this on you tube and then answer my question.http://youtu.be/guBfEzqVgeQ          My question is this:  Was…Continue

Your advice re: a beginners fretless

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dan'l Apr 4, 2011. 7 Replies

Hello Friends:     I am wondering about the so called "Flush Frets" that are seen on some banjos.I'm building myself a fretless banjo along the lines of  the Boucher banjo, but not an…Continue

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
referred from Banjo Hangout
How long have you played banjo?
about 1 year
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Kay , a "Backyard Banjo" travel model , and a banjo put together from misc parts

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please pray were being shredded here in Oklahoma

Posted on May 20, 2013 at 8:30pm 4 Comments

we need prayer. we're in the middle of a two day tornado outbreak


I have hit upon a puzzlement, and have a question

Posted on April 17, 2013 at 10:02am 17 Comments

I am learning the tune "Cotton Pod Walk Around" in Tim's Early Banjo Book

I am carefully listening to it and trying to play along.

It seems to me that the last two notes in the first full measure

do not match what I hear on the cd. Assuming the cd is correct

then the last two notes of that measure appear to be reversed.

I have carefully checked this using my slow down software and it

confirms what I feel when I attempt to play it.



A request for assistance

Posted on April 6, 2013 at 10:43am 3 Comments

I'm trying to get the right hand movements to work on

one of the triplets on the STRIKES from the Rice Book

The area i'm needing help with is labeled FIFTH EXAMPLE: A TRIPLE

the one I need an explanation on is the last one. (102 021 sequence)

starting on an inside string is... I believe its called an "alternate string pull off)


I'd appreciate someone telling me which fingers are the best choice to use 

for the first two notes so that the…


found Camptown Hornpipe Tab

Posted on March 31, 2013 at 3:05pm 1 Comment

Happy to announce that I have located Camptown Hornpipe Tab

all ya gotta do is google "Camptown Hornpipe Tablature"

and it comes up on a site belonging to a Mr. Andy Chase


I'm going to try making my own tab using the Rosetta Staff from the Early Banjo Book

and use this one I found to check my work.


I'm really glad to be learning these tunes.

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At 5:08pm on April 5, 2010, John Masciale said…
Hi Ron, welcome to this forum. Hope you enjoy it!

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