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Chris Prieto
  • San Diego, CA
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  • Since early 2014
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Winners new primer for the violin

Started Sep 3, 2019 0 Replies

I can't remember if I ever had a link to this but my Google's turned up nothing. Can anyone direct me to the right place or send me a PDF of available?I finally found a violin player to play along…Continue

Rumseys Jig sheet music for fiddle

Started this discussion. Last reply by Al Smitley Mar 7, 2019. 1 Reply

I was wondering if there's a sheet for this somewhere? I only have converse version for banjo which I believe won't work for a violinContinue

Briggs named quite a few tunes after himself

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Prieto Jan 12, 2019. 3 Replies

I've recently began going thru Briggs book again and noticed. I don't think I've seen anyone do that in any of the tutors. I do recall reading or hearing in a video that Frank Converse wrote the…Continue

Halp! What is a trill?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Berghan Oct 18, 2018. 4 Replies

I can read the description on Wikipedia and hear them played on my Twiss USB drive but I can't wrap my noodle around it. Currently trying to play Frank Converse's Jig and it's tripping me up.Continue

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Gourd Banjo #24

Birdseye maple four stringer with a Menzies skin.
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Don't you hear de bulgine

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Don't you hear de bulgine

Early banjo tune of the week. Buckley's guide for the banjo 1868
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Lazy Joe (Jig)

Early banjo totw from Buckley's 1868
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Converse book

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
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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

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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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Comment Wall (6 comments)

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.

At 12:17pm on November 28, 2018, Paul Painter said…

Thanks Chris...it looks good! Regards Paul

At 12:53am on January 8, 2020, Michael Cypret said…

I recently read from an excerpt from a San Diego magazine or Newspaper that the gourds you buy come to you via the Mail and green with mold. Here’s a link to a Farm near Temecula. I haven’t been there yet. They may be a good source for gourds. 

At 12:54am on January 8, 2020, Michael Cypret said…
At 1:01am on January 8, 2020, Chris Prieto said…

I've gotten a bunch from that place. Most farms charge less for uncleaned gourds and I'm okay with the elbow grease. I usually dunk them under water for a day or so and it usually scrubs off easily.

At 9:59am on January 8, 2020, Michael Cypret said…

I’m seriously thinking about making a Gourd Banjo. I have a Barry Sholder banjo. Do you treat the inside of your gourds? You soak your gourds in water???

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