Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

October 2011 Blog Posts (9)

Winner's Banjo Books

Often overlooked, but there are several of them. Not great, but they are worth playing through...occasional gems will pop up. You can discover many re-titled tunes.

Added by Tim Twiss on October 27, 2011 at 10:18pm — No Comments

Off To California

Opened up the Green Converse to get a little Stroke break from the Fingerstyle, and here was another take on that familiar melody...Barley Reel  

Added by Tim Twiss on October 24, 2011 at 9:08am — No Comments

Visit

Hey, I just got back from the Classic site. I thought that with my fingerstyle tune they would let me in, but I had to go change. Ian runs a really tight ship there.

Added by Tim Twiss on October 20, 2011 at 9:21am — 3 Comments

Motor City

Hey Terry...got your call. Call that number again when you are really close...I'll be watching the door...its after hours and will be locked.

Thanks,

tt 

Added by Tim Twiss on October 14, 2011 at 2:04pm — 1 Comment

Try again

Checked the bridge first...here we go again. Added "Fairy Dance". It comes right after "Jim Crow Jig" in the book.

Added by Tim Twiss on October 13, 2011 at 8:11am — No Comments

Tigers

Yea!

Added by Tim Twiss on October 6, 2011 at 10:44pm — 11 Comments

Dayton area

Anybody from Dayton...or nearby? I am going there for a living history event Saturday...one of those where you stay most of the day. Sure would like to spark it up with a percussionist or fiddle player.

Added by Tim Twiss on October 6, 2011 at 8:25pm — No Comments

Neil Grey's Banjo Method

Courtesy of member Nicholas Bechtel, there is yet another book to examine. I am posting one piece from it this morning and let him tell you a bit more about it, if you are curious. I have only seen a few pages of it. It is geared toward fingerstyle, but as usual...much adapts to rappin it. 

Added by Tim Twiss on October 6, 2011 at 8:01am — 4 Comments

Oh what a dream I had.

I had an amazing dream last night.  A musical, banjo dream.  And instead of it slipping into the ether when I woke up, I remembered some of it.  It went like this:

 

I was at a Civil War event of some kind.  I met George Wunderlich, who had some music he wanted me to listen to.  He took me to a tent, where he had a sort of reel-to-reel machine.  He said the music was of an early stroke-style black banjo player, who had recorded just before he died in the 1890's.  I kept looking…

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Added by Carl Anderton on October 5, 2011 at 5:30pm — 8 Comments

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