Hey, I hope all you East Coasters are safe.....
Check in when you can.
A civil-war era string band, The Huckleberry Brothers, will be playing at the Folk Festival of the N.C. State Fair in Raleigh on Friday, October 12. Shows will be at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. At other times, the Bros will be playing at the Village of Yesteryear at the Holshouser Building.
The Gov. James…
Added by Bryant Henderson on October 11, 2012 at 8:17am — No Comments
I just completed a banjo made from a large diameter cardboard tube section.
It cost me very little and sounds good to me. I have it tuned Low to dADF#A
lots of fun to play. I'm posting Pictures if ya want to see.
Mark Weems posted this comment of Ian Bells video. As a new player to this music I get confused what is a proper tempo. Some songs sound great and bring that 19th century feel, or what stimulates that feel to me when listening to a piece in a particular Tempo. Then some, for me, are too slow, then some are too fast. My question to all you seasoned players of this music; What is the typical tempo, or is that something that is up to the musician him or herself to decide. Some sheet music will…Continue
I just was thinking about this one. It was one of the first ones I learned, but I never did this one (vocally at least). Of course it needs sprucing up a bit before I take it out, ha ha.
Anybody have the words to the "Company i" variation?
In "Nebber Do To Gib It Up So", the last verse goes
Fella on de woodpile barkin' like a dog
Toad in de millpond sittin' on a log
Possum up a gum tree sarcy fat and dirty
Come kiss me girls or I'll run like turkey
What is that word, and how do you pronounce it?
Can anyone tell me if there is a version written specifically for stroke style somewhere or does everyone just go off the standard notation?
Still don't have the concept of how to take a standard piece and make it apply to the banjo style we are playing.
Anybody else playing this stuff? Here's this great new book, and I feel like I'm the only one at the party....a new Converse Book.....holy cow!!
I did a little playing tonight, going outside with the Bell Banjo. It started at 50% RH, and as it grew darker, reached 68%. At about 65%, I could feel the pitch squirm a little bit, but no big issue. It got a little tubbier sounding then too, but was good. The skeeters came out then, so I came in. Anyway, having great fun watching conditions relative to the instrument and it's behavior.
i JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT THIS UPCOMING EVENT AT THE WILSON LIBRARY AND MEMORIAL HALL ON THE UNC CAMPUS. THE FIRST PART IS A SEIES OF LECTURES ON THE HISTORY OF THE BANJO BY THE USUAL SUSPECTS WITH AN ACCOMPANYING EXHIBIT IN THE LIBRARY.. THEN THERE IS A A CONCERT WITH TONY TRISHKA, RILEY BAUGUS, KIRK SUTPHIN AND DOM FLEMONS SATURDAY NIGHT. YOU HAVE TO GET FREE TICKETS FROM THE MEMORIAL HALL BOX OFFICE FOR THE CONCERT. I KNOW MOST PEOPLE DON'T LIVE HERE LIKE I DO, BUT…Continue
Hey, anybody else going to join the party? All this fresh meat.....
Marc is adding tabs gradually. If you guys don't read notation well, this is a chance to build a library on the Ning site.
Added by Tim Twiss on August 12, 2012 at 8:57pm — No Comments
My buddies buddies Sheesham & Lotus and I were all playing at the Millrace Folk Festival in Cambridge, Ontario on the weekend. We agreed to bring funky banjos to the "Whimsical Songs" workshop and foisted Rumsey's Jig on several hundred members of the unsuspecting public - spendidly accompanied by bones and Sousaphone. It was pretty darned whimsical, and clearly one for our side!
Keeping to my promise that I would not carpet bomb this site with the new Frank Converse Book, I posted Bisbee's favorite Jig. Yes...it is an awesome minor tune. Hope you like it, and then try it.
Added by Tim Twiss on July 27, 2012 at 9:17am — No Comments
These are some good times here. I especially enjoy all the new video posts. For those that are doing some of your first, you have set a benchmark to reflect upon as you watch your playing grow and improve. Good playing all around! Nobody should ever worry that "that tune has been done". Just play and post. Everybody gains.
Hey, Greg, Tim et al.
Is there a Harpers Ferry event being planned for anytime in the future?
I'm feeling definite withdrawl symptoms after missing the June weekend.
Added by Ian Bell on July 23, 2012 at 7:50am — No Comments
Hey mark, I saw that you stopped by the shop. I'm sorry I missed you. Did you have business here in souhtern Michigan? We should certainly get together. Hope you enjoy your new Bell.
Added by Tim Twiss on July 15, 2012 at 3:16pm — No Comments
The front of the Buckley New Banjo Method of 1860 states that the book's pieces are arranged "for the use of pupils and amatuers". Holy crap!!! What did the professionals do? That stuff is not all that simple.
When do we get the live feed from the Pry Barn in Antietam?
Sure wish I was there!
I Know thsi is not the perfect place to ask about this, but a student just brought this in. It has a little door in the bottom. Any clues about it?
Ive had a Amish, it was a hot bugger, I know you can say , man up ,,, but I hate a hot head :) what kind of straw would be period 1850 aboutish? Van Goghs straw looks like it would work,, but he aint selling
I actually want something I could wear for "costume" and just outdoors,,,, so I could get a natural worn in look