Minstrel Banjo

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Chris Prieto
  • San Diego, CA
  • United States
  • Since early 2014
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Chris Prieto's Discussions

Fun fact...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Matthew Menice Jun 22. 1 Reply

So it's been a few years and my wife very much impervious to the charms of this 19th century music. She will on occassion maybe hum boatman dance or something a few hours after having heard it in the…Continue

Violin tuning

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Prieto Jun 21. 34 Replies

I have picked up a cheapie violin and was curious how the fiddle players here generally tune the violin. I'm overwhelmed by the amount of info I am finding.For the time being I am following Howes…Continue

The Banjoist's Budget

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Prieto Jun 7. 6 Replies

I knew this existed but for some reason assumed it was some hard to find sheet music or was difficult to play or something but a Google search yielded some tabs w/ dots by Rob MacKillop and I must…Continue

Miss Fanny B and her Chowder

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Draper Apr 26. 3 Replies

I'm learning the song 'Oh, Ladies All!' and every time I sing about her inviting him in to take a chowder I picture folks hanging out in a jacuzzi full of chowder.While I have always known the words…Continue

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Chris Prieto replied to Matthew Menice's discussion How does one keep their instrument in shape during the humid months?!?
"3 beers and popscicle sticks :p Tighten head a smidge maybe, taller bridge, tune up to A. Also nylgut strings and a synthetic head maybe? I've also slid the bridge closer to the neck. Not too humid over here but moist ocean air does about the…"
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Chris Prieto replied to Wes Merchant's discussion I this was interesting
"Sounds like Uncle Dave to me. "
Jul 14
Chris Prieto replied to Al Smitley's discussion 20th C Tim
"Just as good!!! Shredding it up towards the end there"
Jul 14
Chris Prieto replied to Al Smitley's discussion 20th C Tim
"Clicking the link hoping it's the late night television :D"
Jul 14
Chris Prieto and Tom Berghan are now friends
Jul 11
Chris Prieto commented on Timothy Twiss's blog post Buckley 1868 TAB
"Best 15 beans I ever spent. Treat yo self haha"
Jun 30
M'lou Brubaker and Chris Prieto are now friends
Jun 28
Chris Prieto commented on Paul Draper's video
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Copper's Minor

"oh like a real Dobson banjo? haha very nice. I am super illiterate when it comes to fancy older banjos and tone rings and such but Dan from County Banjos builds a bunch that look like yours with the brass scoop overlaying the head. Whats the scale…"
Jun 28
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Copper's Minor

"Nicely done! I been working on this one too. Been wanting to learn this for a while now. Is that a county banjo?"
Jun 28
Chris Prieto replied to M'lou Brubaker's discussion Reading musical notation for the various Tutor books
"Tabs are easier to process for me since it's just finger placement. And I've usually heard the tune before so I am generally aware of any timing. Very paint by numbers. When I began reading notation I spent time memorizing the finger board…"
Jun 28
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Jun 27
Chris Prieto replied to M'lou Brubaker's discussion Reading musical notation for the various Tutor books
"I played all the tabs books for a while but once I hit the converse yellow book I tuned up a step A/E an just learned to read and play anything with 3 or 4 sharps. If 1 or 2 sharps I play in G/D. I keep two banjos tuned to each because I am a…"
Jun 27
Chris Prieto replied to Matthew Menice's discussion A Question
"So much captain america for a while there haha"
Jun 25
Chris Prieto replied to Matthew Menice's discussion A Question
"I wanted to be uncle dave and learn all de tunes under the sun so I went back as far as I could and kinda got stuck there. The minstrel banjo style CD was my real gateway. Once I heard that I was sold. Carl, Tim, Mark and Paul's YouTube…"
Jun 25
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Cymbals? Really?

"Ahahahaha I almost didn't see the mini Buckley. My bell tambo can take a punch."
Jun 24

Profile Information

How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
Google
How long have you played banjo?
Since early 2014
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Bell Sweeney, Prust boucher, recording king dirty open back

Hello There!

My name is Chris. I am a web developer from San Diego, CA. I play clawhammer and stroke style. I enjoy eating, drinking beer and riding my bike when not playing the banjo. I also dabble in concertina/accordion toonies.

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At 8:32pm on March 23, 2017, Timothy Twiss said…

You are totally killin' it lately. All your tunes are not getting up here, but members should visit your page. You are totally hitting a stride.

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