"HI Chris, FWIW historically, the earliest documented information on the five string banjo as we know it always used a wound over silk or wound over gut 4th string. Pre Briggs book photos clearly show a wound 4th. The wound 4th continued…"
"Very true John. As the years of banjo went on and subsequent generations took it up they learned how to write notation better. By the late 1880s banjo notation specific edits became more or less standard. By the late 1890s they…"
"My sight reading has gotten very good, mostly because I worked at it. If it is monophonic or has common harmonies I can typically sight read close to speed after "reading" through without a banjo in hand.
This is in A notation.…"
"Yes, there are many "dug" examples of harmonica reed plates. The problem is that they are virtually identical to the 1870s+ reed plates and the covers are almost never found. When covers are found they are consistent with known…"
"This is a great lead! Chris Bathman made a name for himself claiming that he played with Jenny Lind's show in Europe. He was discovered by P.T. Barnum.
A quick google search found some good information...
Here is a nice article in…"
"By 1863 the 5 string banjo as we currently know it would have been exclusively associated with minstrelsy. I will quietly disagree with calling it "early banjo" as all the "recorded" music that we can document that was…"
Joel-You sent me two sets of two picks. But, I think you only charged me for one. Could you please double check the sunshinewave order. And, if you've only charged me once can I send them back to the PO Box on the envelope?
Yes! Is this Tad the banjo player who entertained Texans in the 1880's, between poker games and gunfights? I was married last May, thus the additional last name. I retired and now live in Clayton, Ok, in the Kiamichi Mountains of the southeast part of the state.
More time for banjo playing!
I am working on frailing lately, but joined this site to see what I could learn re 1800's music.
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