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Ronald D Haines
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  • Cushing, OK
  • United States
  • I'm an entry level beginner
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Wanting to learn something here

Started this discussion. Last reply by Strumelia Jul 11, 2012. 9 Replies

I have a question. I see the term "walk around" in the titles ofseveral songs listed here. Is a walk around a type of dance?I enjoy learning the background information as much as Ienjoy the music…Continue

Doin Something wrong?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tim Twiss May 22, 2012. 5 Replies

when I go to the resources tab and select Music Books/Instructors  I get an error 404 page not found message.  I guess i need a tip or two. Id really like access to these historical…Continue

Inquiry Re Historical Gear and accessories

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dan'l May 21, 2012. 16 Replies

I am intrested in perriod accessories. For instance:What did the minstrel Era Banjoist (term?) useto protect and carry his banjo? did they have cases as we know them? did the instruments with wooden…Continue

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
banjo hangout
How long have you played banjo?
I'm an entry level beginner
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
home built minstrel style 5 string ,Alvarez Bluegrass banjo

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The Fun Factor

Posted on May 25, 2012 at 8:31am 1 Comment

I did and / do not mean to belittle musicians.

I enjoy learning a musical style on appropriate instruments !

But  I realized long ago that I have a lot of fun trying inappropriate things too!

I have instruments that I have built that have no name or appripriate musical family 

or music just for that instrument.  I enjoy learning and doodling around musically.

One of my outlandish approaches is to play old time music on a Tenor Recorder.



"Lady I Ain't no Musician ! ......I'm a Banjo Player"

Posted on May 24, 2012 at 9:23am 1 Comment

The old line about baseball players adapted to me !!


Don't know how much skill i'll end up with but I'm havin a great time

My Rules:

1.   Don't take it so seriously

2.   If I'm not having fun don't do it

3.   It was in tune when I bought it !!


Well I couldn't stay away

Posted on May 15, 2012 at 2:03pm 0 Comments

I have returned to This site , I'm glad to be here. Now

that personal Issues are resolved and I have Time to

 learn and enjoy this instrument. I would like to explain

my banjo , It was built with the"use what ya got" approach.

 I didn't have much money or special shop at my disposal

so I just kinda went for it.  The Pot is made from a piece

of that aqua bluesewer pipe that ya often see at

construction sites. The neck and dowel are from…


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