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Tom Berghan
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  • Woodinville, WA
  • United States
  • Took up banjo in 2009
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Started Oct 13 0 Replies

Dear Minstrel Banjo Friends,Many of you know me, and if you do, you know that I play all sorts of banjos . . . modern and old, wire strings and gut strings, 5 strings, 4 strings, even 9 strings.But,…Continue

String recommendation

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Prieto Aug 24. 10 Replies

Carbon Fiber Nylon: You really ought to try it! My two favorite materials are real gut, and carbon fiber nylon. Here is a source for you:…Continue

Helpful tip - side dot markers

Started Aug 4 0 Replies

Here is a non-invasive, not-permanent way to add attractive & professional looking side dots to any neck. They can Really help when (or if) you play in a standing position. These are "dry…Continue

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Tom Berghan commented on Mark Weems's video
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Musieu Bainjo Mister Banjo

"Maybe so Stumelia! You might be right! I’m certainly not an etymologist, I just know that the small ones we grew up with in the later half of the 20th century are “tambourines” ... but I also know that in Italy today they play very…"
Tuesday
Tom Berghan commented on Mark Weems's video
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Musieu Bainjo Mister Banjo

"Tambour is “drum.” Tambourine is the little guy. Mark has the BIG one."
Monday
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Oct 15
Tom Berghan commented on Mark Weems's video
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Musieu Bainjo Mister Banjo

"This little tune sits innocently at the end of the book and one could easily overlook it. It is in arcane French and the whole thing is but a few measures of melody. Mark shows his real genius at reconstruction here! The translation is excellent. It…"
Oct 15
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Dear Minstrel Banjo Friends,Many of you know me, and if you do, you know that I play all sorts of banjos . . . modern and old, wire strings and gut strings, 5 strings, 4 strings, even 9 strings.But, I am finding a niche market for myself playing music and banjos from the 1800s.  I am beginning to play more and more gigs in theaters, local festivals, coffee houses, art galleries, and bars.To expand my "fan-base" I am employing facebook and “Social Media.” (and I am really new to all of it)I nows…See More
Oct 13
Tom Berghan commented on Strumelia's video
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Silver Lake Waltz at the Sweeney cabin, Appomattox VA

"Ah ha! Greenbook ... I have it! Thank you Miss Strumelia!!!"
Oct 2
Tom Berghan commented on Strumelia's video
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Silver Lake Waltz at the Sweeney cabin, Appomattox VA

"Hi Strum!  What is the source of the Silver Lake Waltz?  (which banjo book)  Thank you Friend"
Oct 2
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Oct 2
Tom Berghan commented on D. Wooldridge's photo
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Joel Sweeney's Black Banjo Teacher Named

"Thank you!  Can you tell us the name and date of the newspaper?"
Sep 13
Tom Berghan commented on Scott Danneker's photo
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"Personal Banjo Picker to a Major General.  Boy, that sound likes a good gig!  It would be great if the U.S. Army had such appointments today!  Were can I apply?  "
Sep 13
Chris Prieto replied to Tom Berghan's discussion String recommendation
"Thanks for sharing Tom, I'm gonna give this a go :)"
Aug 24
Tom Berghan replied to Tom Berghan's discussion String recommendation
Aug 23
Tom Berghan replied to Tom Berghan's discussion String recommendation
"Here is a source for wound strings, floss wound with copper wire plated with nickel-silver: https://www.stringsbymail.com/classical-guitar-strings-1/daddario-41/specialty-singles-114/silverplated-wound-340/"
Aug 23
Tom Berghan replied to Tom Berghan's discussion String recommendation
"Real gut strings always sound best! No question. As for the fourth string tuned to G or A, then just use floss wound with nickel plated copper wire (like classical guitar). Try a 0.028" D'Addario single. These historically appropriate for…"
Aug 23
Chris Prieto replied to Tom Berghan's discussion String recommendation
"mmmm, honestly as finicky as the gut strings are I cannot put my rig with the guts down. Last time i played the nylguts I was taken aback at how harsh they sound. They have also been beat mercilessly for a few years now so they might just be needing…"
Aug 22
Tom Berghan replied to Tom Berghan's discussion String recommendation
"These will feel a wee little bit stiffer and be a little louder. Stay in tune really well too! The wound string is a floss core by the way like a classical guitar string"
Aug 21

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How long have you played banjo?
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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