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Valerie Díaz Leroy
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Valerie Díaz Leroy's Discussions

Thoughts on Old Dan Tucker for my students

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wes Merchant Nov 17, 2013. 1 Reply

Each year we have an Arts festival at school. The theme I've chosen this year is, you guessed it, the banjo. I am going to take my students through the evolution of the the banjo with the songs that…Continue

What would you pass on?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Valerie Díaz Leroy Oct 22, 2013. 15 Replies

I'm giving two short talks to a group of high school, then middle school students tomorrow on the history of the banjo. One is a guitar class and one is a strings class. I will break up my talking…Continue

My very own Bell kit!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Valerie Díaz Leroy Jul 24, 2013. 12 Replies

I just got off the phone with Terry and ordered my Boucher banjo kit. I've been looking at the kits for quite a while now. I would have ordered one if Terry had just picked up the phone and conducted…Continue

Minstrel in Nashville?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff Menzies Apr 14, 2013. 3 Replies

I am working in Nashville for about a month this summer (end of June to end of July). I'm not sure how busy I will-or won't -be. I want to make sure I explore as much music as possible. I welcome any…Continue

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Bell Boucher kit-almost finished

"Hey, Nice going Valerie: I am excited to see the finished product. The color ought to render it pretty wild! Nice..."
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"Yea. Can't wait to see it done."
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Bell Boucher kit-almost finished

"I can't wait to hear her either! This has been a lot of fun."
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"I can't wait to hear it!"
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"Looking GOOD, Valerie !!"
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Bell Boucher kit-almost finished

"I can't wait to see/hear it!   I think that red color really calls out to play Circus Jig on it.    :)"
Feb 17, 2014
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Bell Boucher kit-almost finished

I've been spending most of my time sanding (and it's still not perfect) rather than playing. I intended on a burnt orange stain, but it came out really red. I like it. My husband says it matches my personality. Terry gave me the most beautiful…
Feb 17, 2014
Valerie Díaz Leroy replied to Scott Danneker's discussion Looks like Greg is going ot be busy at SBC
"Mark and I spent November and December making wooden puzzles to fill Christmas orders. So, my time in the shop was taken up. I'm in the process of sanding and am a bit of a perfectionist. I'd love to play it when my students sing Old Dan…"
Jan 12, 2014
Valerie Díaz Leroy replied to Scott Danneker's discussion Looks like Greg is going ot be busy at SBC
"Scott- I am all registered for Suwannee. I am so excited about the schedule. The downside? I want to attend minstrel, old time, bluegrass, ekonting, and guitar sessions. I'll be studying the schedule a lot these next few months. I'm…"
Jan 12, 2014
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My Bell Kit!

"I had to bring it in to school today just to show my students. "
Dec 10, 2013
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My Bell Kit!

"It's a blast to build, and it's going to be a great sounding banjo. I know...I built mine earlier this year!"
Dec 10, 2013

Profile Information

How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
Greg C. Adams-a lovely teacher
How long have you played banjo?
about 2 years
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Maple Bishline, Goodtime

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Comment Wall (8 comments)

At 9:47am on March 20, 2013, Steve Jeter said…

welcome!!

At 10:07am on March 20, 2013, Valerie Díaz Leroy said…

Thank you Steve. I am have so much to learn!

At 10:28am on March 20, 2013, Steve Jeter said…

 and so much fun ahead!  lots of info here. 

At 4:24pm on March 20, 2013, Roberta Perkins said…

Welcome, Valerie: This is Roberta Perkins in Delaware. I seldom add or comment; mostly listen and learn. Lots of good info and help here. And the learning is fun...

At 4:35pm on March 20, 2013, Valerie Díaz Leroy said…

Thanks Roberta. Nice to 'meet' you.

At 5:30pm on March 20, 2013, Jonathan Weaver said…

Welcome!!! Hopefully you will find it as fascinating as I do.  I can't seem to get enough of this music.  The videos are great, and the information garnered is invaluable.

At 7:29pm on March 20, 2013, Valerie Díaz Leroy said…

I have just realized that I need to consume as much banjo information that I can. Thank you all for the welcomes.

At 8:29pm on March 20, 2013, Valerie Díaz Leroy said…

Well, after about 18 years of talking about it I decided to pick up a banjo and learn. It's been about two years, and I've been focusing on bluegrass music because it is so accessible in my area.

I actually fought this era of banjo music because I struggle with the exploitation of black people and women. However, as a life-longer learner, and as a music teacher I realized I have been cheating my self of a deeper level of understanding. I just finished Suwannee Banjo Camp where I met Greg Adams. He has such a lovely approach to teaching that I decided to take the plunge. 

So, I have started to make a long list of reading to do. But, I know that once I start to play and understand the music I will have a lot more fun. 

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