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Tom Taggart
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  • Gainesville, VA
  • United States
  • 2 Years
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Beginner Tune of the Month (July 2016)

Started Jul 13, 2016 0 Replies

I thought I would suggest "Oh! Susanna" as the beginner tune of the month for July.  In my humble but accurate opinion every banjo player needs to be able to play this tune.  There is a fairly easy…Continue

April 2016 Tune of the Month

Started this discussion. Last reply by Timothy Twiss Apr 14, 2016. 14 Replies

It is almost the middle of the month, but we could still get in a TOTM for April.  I would suggest Juba.  It is an easy tune and a great way for new folks to practice basic strikes in the stroke…Continue

Adjusting Tension on a Banjo Head

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dan O;Connor May 16, 2015. 11 Replies

Being relatively new to minstrel banjo, I was wondering how to go about adjusting the tension on a banjo head.  Mine seems to be rather flexible and lately I have noticed a buzzing when playing.  I…Continue

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
Tim Twiss web site
How long have you played banjo?
2 Years
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Home made (but not by me) minstrel banjo. I bought it second hand from a friend in Civil War reenacting community.

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Comment Wall (5 comments)

At 10:38am on December 16, 2015, Mark Bransford said…

Dear Tom:

Thank you for your encouragement. I placed an order with Bell Minstrel Banjo for a Bouscher model banjo. I am suppose to receive it by the end of January next year. I can't wait to start learning how to play it.

Mark B.

At 4:54pm on May 17, 2016, Sonny Bryan said…

Thanks Tom, enjoyed it too.

At 7:32am on July 20, 2016, Jim Tribble said…

Thanks Tom.  It is a great site, the only drawback so far is the "unexpected error" I get for timing out.  

At 1:04am on March 4, 2017, John W Carlson said…
Thanks Tom, looking forward to it.
At 9:50pm on April 11, 2017, Jim Robertson said…

Thanks for the kind welcome, Tom.  I'm looking forward to spending some time hanging about here.  Since I live about 40 minutes from Appomattox there's a good chance I'll meet some of you in person some time.

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