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February 2013 Blog Posts (13)

some Rice stuff

A couple of pages from the online Rice PDF book that i have re-done




Added by Scott Johnson on February 27, 2013 at 3:48pm — No Comments

Report on band performance at Battle of Aiken, SC, Civil War reenactment.

Lisa "Strumelia" had requested that I report back on how the weekend event at the Battle Of Aiken in South Carolina went. My band, the Camptown Shakers, traveled down on Friday, three of us in one car and we met our fiddler there, he was already in the area on a little vacation. My wife Tracy drove pretty much the whole way, a long 10 hour drive. We hadn’t ever traveled this far south, or anywhere for that matter to do a performance so when this opportunity came up through the event…


Added by Dave Culgan on February 26, 2013 at 8:06am — 1 Comment

Prairie Home Companion- Banjo theme for the show. Bill Evans and others

This was a surprise. I was sunning my banjo outside to tighten up the head, getting ready to play..had Bully for All in my head. went inside to turn on the radio and listen to the show, and St Patrick's Day was playing...WHAT ?, then "Bully for All", then it was reveled to be Bill Evans. There are a few other players. I caught the show in the middle. Here is the link below, you can listen to the whole show or pick the parts. Enjoy!…


Added by Nicholas A Bechtel on February 24, 2013 at 2:30pm — 8 Comments

Green Converse Continued

Okay, I'm back in the tutor recording biz. The best thing to do when something isn't happening is to walk away...let it breathe for a while. I'm back at the Guitar Style section...and it seems to be happening. Did 4 of them...up at:


go to music page

Added by Tim Twiss on February 16, 2013 at 10:42pm — 5 Comments

Mono to Nylgut Switch

I have up until recently had Monofilament fishing line strings on my "sono-tube banjo. I just wanted to see if there would be an improvement in sound quality if I used the NylGut strings. I ordered some Nylguts and installed them and after they settled in I was very favorably impressed with the improvement in the sound.


They are Louder (a lot) which is a good thing in this case. And I'd call it Mellower (is that a real word?)

I realize that describing a sound with…


Added by Ron on February 16, 2013 at 1:46pm — 2 Comments

I'm out : an update on the review of the book Early Banjo

I  got out of the hospital and am now back to studying the new book

Early Banjo by Tim. It's going very well , I'm using the first pages as a practice and warm up

before working on the songs "Juba , and Jim Along Josey".


which brings up questions. How does one "Jim Along" , and exactly what

are they wanting Mr. Boker to "Do Mr. Boker Do!" ?


Well that's it for now


Added by Ron on February 12, 2013 at 10:22am — 1 Comment

New Product

Okay, so I have gathered this huge resource of "pure tutor" material. Unalterted, straight ahead versions of our main books...Briggs', Rice, Buckley 1860, Converse Green and Yellow. It is a lot to absorb, even on digital downloads. I am experimenting with "samplers". I put one together with 40 selections chosen from all. I will give away 2 to the first respondents, with the promise of getting feedback. After that, I will sell and send these CD's for $13.00 including shipping.  They are…


Added by Tim Twiss on February 11, 2013 at 10:40am — No Comments

Celebrate History Music Festival in Gettysburg -- June 29th - July 5th, 2013.

Inviting musicians to take part in this once in a lifetime event.  Registrations are being accepted now.


Added by Joel Jay Cribbs on February 10, 2013 at 12:23pm — No Comments

This music...

....is so enjoyable because it can be done on so many different levels. Simple simple stroke tune sound good. ALWAYS...the vocal stuff is great. Our genre includes some fancy advanced pieces, as well as guitar style. It is so very wide open. That is partially why it is so difficult to disseminate sometimes.

Added by Tim Twiss on February 9, 2013 at 2:37pm — No Comments


...for me, it is when a bad day of playing doesn't sound as awful as it used to.

Added by Tim Twiss on February 8, 2013 at 1:04am — No Comments


....for me, it's when a bad day of playin' is not as awful as it used to be.

Added by Tim Twiss on February 8, 2013 at 1:02am — No Comments

Has anyone read this book?

On Amazon I stubled across this title; The Banjo Entertainers: Roots to Ragtime, a Banjo History.

It's by someone named Lowell H. Schreyer. It's only a few years old…


Added by Ian Bell on February 7, 2013 at 1:14pm — 6 Comments


I know you guys can't see it, but spammers are knocking at our door like Night of the Living Dead. crazy....we filter carefully.

Added by Tim Twiss on February 5, 2013 at 9:26am — 5 Comments


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