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How many minstrel banjoists out there?

Started this discussion. Last reply by david caron Feb 19. 4 Replies

Out of curiosity, I'm wondering if anyone has a good estimate of the number of minstrel banjoists out there? Continue

Targeted advertising when playing minstrel banjo..

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Masciale Jan 29. 1 Reply

So lately, i’ve been seeing all sorts of ads for luggage etc when I browse the Internet.. I’m not in the market to buy new luggage, i’m not planning any sort of trip or anything, so I really couldn’t…Continue

A good read?

Started this discussion. Last reply by david caron Jan 23. 5 Replies

Hello,While browsing on Amazon, the algorithms suggested I check out Bob Carlin's book : The Birth of the Banjo: Joel Walker Sweeney and Early Minstrelsy. Although I was tempted, its a bit expensive…Continue

Lilly Dale - Tablature?

Started Jan 14 0 Replies

Hi,I've been watching "OldCremona"'s version of Lilly Dale. I quite enjoy it. He mentions that it is in the Briggs Banjo Instructor. I did consult the original source material and found the sheet…Continue

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From Briggs' Banjo Instructor (1855)
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david caron replied to david caron's discussion How many minstrel banjoists out there?
"Interesting... I was just wondering. I've only just began playing the early, traditional repertoire and I had never heard of it before stumbling across a few random videos on Youtube. Even though, i'm not very good, knowing that there may…"
Feb 19
Strumelia replied to david caron's discussion How many minstrel banjoists out there?
"Yes there are plenty of people who buy 'minstrel style' or gourd banjos because they've heard them played and like the low sound...but then they play oldtime clawhammer on them, without wanting to have to learn a new low-bass tuning,…"
Feb 16
John Masciale replied to david caron's discussion How many minstrel banjoists out there?
"I would say that the number is somewhere in the hundreds.  It would be hard to pinpoint it beyond that.  There are people who play fretless minstrel era banjos, and then there are people who study and play with the technique and repertoire…"
Feb 16
Chris Prieto replied to david caron's discussion How many minstrel banjoists out there?
"It's a rather broad way to describe it. I think it would also bank on how minstrel banjoist is defined but I think the majority of us are hobbyists of sorts which dabble in various things. I am always impressed at what some of the folks here do…"
Feb 15
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How many minstrel banjoists out there?

Out of curiosity, I'm wondering if anyone has a good estimate of the number of minstrel banjoists out there? See More
Feb 15
david caron replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Terry Bell
"Just out of curiosity, has anybody been able to reach him successfully since this message was posted? "
Feb 14
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The Anvil Chorus

"So I know that this thread dates back to 2010, but I began working on this piece last night. Quite the doozy. I had to listen to Tim's amazing rendition a number of times before getting a basic gist and still a few spots where I don't…"
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Chris Prieto replied to david caron's discussion Let me introduce myself...
"I owned a prust first and then got a bell banjo. I have a bell sweeney and a bell boucher. The prust is nice but the Bell Sweeney is my go to banjo. His banjos sound great. The Sweeney I got on eBay after confirming it was ready to ship and it…"
Feb 3
Strumelia replied to david caron's discussion Let me introduce myself...
"I think Terry sells more kits on Ebay than finished banjos, and of course he can produce kits much faster. Ebay and Paypal enforce seller rules about timely shipping of purchased goods and communication, so that's a real advantage for the…"
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Al Smitley replied to david caron's discussion Let me introduce myself...
"Just out of curiosity has there been a difference with time and communication with Terry depending upon whether you order a finished or kit banjo?"
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Deering Americana

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