Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

January 2011 Blog Posts (4)


Here is some quick tab for a few tunes we have been talking about. Here is a part of Bryant's Jig (referenced from Buckley 1868...with the "Rice" tuning in "E".)

Also, Coon Hunt Walk Around from Yellow Converse 1865. Disclaimer for any errors...ha!  

Added by Tim Twiss on January 20, 2011 at 11:01am — No Comments

Rice Tunes

I hope you enjoy the last batch of Rice tunes I posted. Something felt really good about those tempos I hit. Please feel free to comment on your interpretation of how these go. I am starting to repeat songs, and justly so. I went back to my first YouTube songs, and almost felt like I should start over. Although not horrible, I can feel how much I've changed and developed the last couple of years. Taping is a great catalyst toward improvement. The first tune I ever put up was "Sandy Boy". It… Continue

Added by Tim Twiss on January 16, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Introducing... me

Thought I would introduce myself as I am new to this site.


I have been playing tenor banjo for roughly three years, an outgrouth of my interest in guitar, mandolin and banjo mandolin.. My focus musically is pre WW2 blues and have been surprised to learn that the banjo can be a terrific blues instrument.... I had been away from self-made music for quite a few years so when I began playing guitar again it led to other stringed instruments and the banjo really  struck a…


Added by Bart McNeil on January 4, 2011 at 12:28pm — No Comments

Happy New Year

A good new year to all at MB.

I'm heading down to my museum in Port Dover for the annual "Captain's Polar Bear Levee & Old-Time Fiddle Party" which takes place just after the Polar Bear Plunge at the Beach in which brave souls (not me) take a (brief) swim in frigid Lake Erie. There'll be fiddles, accordions, guitars, mandolins, bagpipes, tinwhistles, piano and at least 3 banjars of various species  - good noisy fun for New Years Day!

Added by Ian Bell on January 1, 2011 at 10:44am — 1 Comment


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