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Steve Stroot
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Pronunciation?

Started this discussion. Last reply by david caron Nov 5, 2018. 3 Replies

I've devised a half dozen possible pronunciations for "Boucher". (Boo-cher,  Boo-shay, Bow-cher, Bow-shay, Boo-share, Bow-share).  Can someone please provide the proper phonetic pronunciation?Continue

Beware

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Draper Oct 19, 2018. 6 Replies

I received a message via the Minstrel Banjo comment wall from Kay Mivedo and/or Thomas Kossi - neither are Minstrel Banjo members.  The message asked me to contact them for "vital information".  It…Continue

Fretting over fretless

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Masciale Sep 19. 21 Replies

I play standard clawhammer banjo but I'm interested in exploring the roots of banjo - ie: minstrel banjo.  But, the thought of a fretless, partial fretless or even fretless with markers scares me. …Continue

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John Masciale replied to Steve Stroot's discussion Fretting over fretless
"They were selling both fretted and fretless banjos in the 1880s. If your concern is civil war era, every picture I have seen with soldiers and common people were fretless.  There were some banjos that had fret lines cut into the neck, but did…"
Sep 19
Michael Cypret replied to Steve Stroot's discussion Fretting over fretless
"Thanks! Strumelia’s advice and yours sounds good. "
Sep 18
Rob Mohr replied to Steve Stroot's discussion Fretting over fretless
"From what I've read and understand, the originals did not as they were modeled after the gourd instruments that did not have frets. However, as the banjo evolved, frets were added (borrowed from the guitar). For the era, I'd say…"
Sep 18
Michael Cypret replied to Steve Stroot's discussion Fretting over fretless
"I have a Dogwood fretless and because I’m essentially at a beginner’s level kinda intimidates me. I just put Nylgut strings on it and playing it seems a little easier. I play Bass, guitar and Mandolin so I’ used to having frets. No…"
Sep 18

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
internet search
How long have you played banjo?
8 years
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
5 string open back

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