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Ryan Carlson
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New to old style playing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Strumelia Sep 23. 2 Replies

Hi all, just finished my first handmade banjo, made for reenacting as a civil war soldier. So now that I have the banjo I want to learn to play it like they did in that era, so that leads to my…Continue

Minstrel banjo project

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Taggart Sep 23. 1 Reply

Hey everyone, Thought Id post some pics of the banjo I finished today and get some feedback. I had made a small plywood banjo before this one but this was the first banjo I made more how a average…Continue

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Sep 25
Strumelia replied to Ryan Carlson's discussion New to old style playing
"Start with Briggs tuning, not clawhammer tuning. Here's Tim Twiss' good video on how to do that: http://minstrelbanjo.ning.com/video/tuning-wmv"
Sep 23
Rob Mohr replied to Ryan Carlson's discussion New to old style playing
"Amazon has a couple of beginning books: Minstrel Banjo and More Minstrel Banjo, which is Briggs and yellow Converse all tab. timtwiss.com has free downloads most in musical notation and a few tab. I basically worked out of the two books and used…"
Sep 23
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New to old style playing

Hi all, just finished my first handmade banjo, made for reenacting as a civil war soldier. So now that I have the banjo I want to learn to play it like they did in that era, so that leads to my question, what was the most common playing style used then and where can I look to learn it? I kinda have started learning how people do clawhammer nowadays but is that the same style? Also are there any kind of "picks" I can get and use for said style, I know you use the back of the nail but having…See More
Sep 23
Tom Taggart replied to Ryan Carlson's discussion Minstrel banjo project
"Looks good. How about posting a video so we can hear how it sounds?"
Sep 23
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Minstrel banjo project

Hey everyone, Thought Id post some pics of the banjo I finished today and get some feedback. I had made a small plywood banjo before this one but this was the first banjo I made more how a average person would have in the mid 1800's (hand made rim, carved neck, ect.) Not my best work in wood but I think it looks good and worn since I reenact a soldier, looks like its been in camp for a few years. Take a look!See More
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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
Meeting an admin at a civil war reenactment
How long have you played banjo?
relatively new about at month or so
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
I have a modern 5 string, a mountain/boucher banjo hybrid I made and a Sweeney minstrel banjo I also made

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