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  • Chiloquin, OR
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Pronunciation?

Started this discussion. Last reply by david caron Nov 5. 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. 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 Al Smitley Sep 26. 17 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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david caron replied to Steve Stroot's discussion Pronunciation?
"As a french-canadian, i tend to say Boo-shay, although i've heard some people say Bowtcher"
Nov 5
Steve Stroot replied to Steve Stroot's discussion Pronunciation?
"Thanks Brice.  I believe Boucher is a French name and, as such, would properly be pronounced "Boo-shay".  But, I've heard it pronounced differently.  Just wondering if anyone knows for sure. "
Nov 1
Brice Alms replied to Steve Stroot's discussion Pronunciation?
"I have always pronounced Boucher Boo-Shay."
Nov 1
Steve Stroot posted a discussion

Pronunciation?

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?See More
Nov 1
Paul Draper replied to Steve Stroot's discussion Beware
"Plus I have vital info on your middle name, which I will throw in for free "
Oct 19
Paul Draper replied to Steve Stroot's discussion Beware
"Which you can still do if you want...."
Oct 19
Paul Draper replied to Steve Stroot's discussion Beware
"Dang!  And I was going to suggest to you last night that you send me 10K and I would arrange all shipping and duty fees for you...  "
Oct 19
Timothy Twiss replied to Steve Stroot's discussion Beware
"Well, I only invested (and well spent) $9,000.00 but I have full access and part ownership in an original banjo from Africa. It has been promised that it will be shipped to me so that I can share it here in America very soon"
Oct 18
Chris Prieto replied to Steve Stroot's discussion Beware
"I think some spam accounts got activated and removed. I saw few people conversing with themselves on their own walls"
Oct 18
Timothy Twiss replied to Steve Stroot's discussion Beware
"Gosh, Vital Information from Africa. Maybe it's some really important banjo discovery? I think I'm going to get in touch with these people."
Oct 18
Steve Stroot posted a discussion

Beware

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 appears the message may have originated in Africa.  I understand another Minstrel Banjo member has also been contacted by these people through Minstrel Banjo.  I recommend everyone use extreme caution if you receive any message from either of these individuals.See More
Oct 18
Al Smitley replied to Steve Stroot's discussion Fretting over fretless
"Well, you can't know everything but thanks for responding!"
Sep 26
Joel Hooks replied to Steve Stroot's discussion Fretting over fretless
"That is a good question Al, I don't know much about guitars (German or Spanish) other then the two books I have read on Martin Guitars."
Sep 25
Al Smitley replied to Steve Stroot's discussion Fretting over fretless
"Since you are tossing out dates, Joel, I'm interested in the transition between citterns/English guitars and the guitars as we know them.  I'm thinking it may have started around 1820 and became more complete within 15-20…"
Sep 25
Joel Hooks replied to Steve Stroot's discussion Fretting over fretless
"Hi Steve, FWIW mandolins did not become popular or even widely known in the US until after the Spanish Students toured in 1880 causing the popularity of an instrument that they did not even play (it is worth a little googleing).  Mandolins…"
Sep 25
Al Smitley replied to Steve Stroot's discussion Fretting over fretless
"Thanks, Joel, for BOTH answers!"
Sep 24

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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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