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Tom Berghan
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  • Woodinville, WA
  • United States
  • Took up banjo in 2009
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La Patrie Guitar, model "Motif"

Started Feb 11 0 Replies

Any one here have experience with these? I have not actually seen one yet in the flesh yet, but they are a "parlor guitar" loosely based on Ashborns and late 19th century guitars. (Not a specific…Continue

Do you need a hard shell case for your gourd banjo?

Started Jan 27 0 Replies

I needed a hardshell case for my gourd banjo.  As I was drawing up the design for building my own homemade case and adding up the cost for the various needed materials I realized the cost was adding…Continue

Compensated bridges

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott Danneker Jan 3. 4 Replies

RE: The history of bridges. About what year do we see compensated banjo bridges appear? Anyone know?

Circus Jig - Come Join us on a Walk Around

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Taggart Oct 12, 2016. 2 Replies

Circus Jig  (Click on the hyperlink - or, the MP3 is attached below) …Continue

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Tom Berghan replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion Assistance request regarding a Boucher banjo
"What you propose is the BEST solution! - and then you can place the bridge wherever you like and where the tone is best. For myself, I also play fretted banjos and they all have 26 and 3/8th inch scales, so for consistency I set all my banjos to 26…"
Feb 23
Tom Berghan replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion Assistance request regarding a Boucher banjo
"The pleasure is all mine Ron!  I am happy to be of help.  And, I forget to address something I am sure you will be wondering.  "Will the "Crayola Washable Kid's Paint" react  badly with the finish on my new…"
Feb 21
Tom Berghan replied to Ronald Hanes's discussion Assistance request regarding a Boucher banjo
"I can help.  Since you said it is your first fretless banjo I infer you also have a fretted banjo.   That being the case, go to any drugstore and buy some Crayola brand Children's washable paint (couple of bucks, its cheap) and a…"
Feb 21
Tom Berghan replied to Strumelia's discussion What songs were you taught in Kindergarten/grade school?
"Oh yeah Al! I ran to the radio every time Mule Skinner Blues by The Fendermen came on. I loved that song - still do!!!"
Feb 21
Tom Berghan replied to Strumelia's discussion What songs were you taught in Kindergarten/grade school?
"I am stunned!  None of you listed Oh! Susanna!  We sang it all the time.  I only remember singing the first verse and the chorus.  I never knew the other verses until I began playing early banjo and then I learned the other…"
Feb 21
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Gettin Up Stairs & Old Virginny Jig

"Super fine Paul!  This might be my favorite banjo that you own.  It sounds great and you play it well!"
Feb 11
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Wayfaring Stranger

Tom Berghan, gourd banjo and vocal, gourd banjo by Noah Cline. Recorded February 2017
Feb 11
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La Patrie Guitar, model "Motif"

Any one here have experience with these? I have not actually seen one yet in the flesh yet, but they are a "parlor guitar" loosely based on Ashborns and late 19th century guitars. (Not a specific copy of anything) Has a wider 2 inch neck at the nut, full scale, small waist and bout and braced for gut/nylon strings. Made in Canada. List price $400. Let me know if you have heard one, seen one, or played one.
Feb 11
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Oh! Susanna

"I think that the reason these songs are no longer being taught has to do with being very careful to not offend anyone, considering these songs were mostly representative of minstrel song traditions. "
Feb 2
CURTIS PAYNE commented on Tom Berghan's video
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Oh! Susanna

"I still remember Elmer Fudd singing Oh Susanna too.  Tom I had similar experiences going to schools and playing these songs, mostly none of the students had ever heard them.  One school I received a big surprise, we went in and played…"
Feb 2
Al Smitley commented on Tom Berghan's video
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Oh! Susanna

"Wow!  That's surprising.  I thought everyone, even in other countries, was familiar with "Oh! Susanna".  Kids often make up their own words to known simple melodies (contrafacta).  I wonder if they still do…"
Feb 1
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Oh! Susanna

">>>"We learned Foster's songs in grade school"<<<<br /> Me too! I'm 64. When I was in grade school the music teacher came around to the school once a week and taught us songs. Of course we learned a few…"
Jan 31

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Took up banjo in 2009
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
James Hartel "Sweeney," and an unsigned unbranded minstrel style banjo from 1870

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