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
"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…"
"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…"
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
"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…"
"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…"