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Wes Merchant's Blog – August 2013 Archive (2)

Banjo repair

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYO4Qi1sYt4The small ebony guide that holds the fifth string on my banjo split so I made one out of an old fiddle peg. I sized it through a hoIe I drilled in a steel plate then drilled out the old peg with the same bit  and filed in a slot with a small knife edged file. i"ve strung it up with nylgut and I'm really pleased with the sound. I'll post sound clips if I came remember how to play the dang…

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Added by Wes Merchant on August 24, 2013 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

DAN EMMETT and the Rise of Early Negro Minstrelsy

 I came across this digital book today and thought some others here might be interested. You can navigate to the various pages and songs by clicking the arrows by the bar  in the center of the page, a lot of Dan Emmett songs and tunes are shown as well as some songs of the late 18th /early 19th century. 

http://0-muco.alexanderstreet.com.libra.naz.edu/view/500067

Added by Wes Merchant on August 9, 2013 at 4:00pm — 8 Comments

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