Thanks for the welcome..... pulled the trigger today and bought a 1924 Vega. Simple and nice. My goal is really to play old time fiddle tunes so the minstrel group may not be the right place, but there seems to be a lot of "banjo knowledge" here so while I may not post much, I'll certainly lurk!
Thanks for the kind welcome, Steve. I'm looking forward to learning more about these wonderful instruments. My first fretless minstrel-style banjo is on order with Luke Mercier and I hope to get it by August. In the meantime, this site gives me lots to think about!
Thanks Steve, I'll post pictures of my banjos as soon as I am able. I'm working on a new build right now. I'm trying to turn an old locust fence-post into a banjo neck; it's probably not doable, but we'll see!
Hi Steve---Thanks for the friend request. However, I did not fully understand some of your comments. Are you suggesting that some of what Carson Hudson and Clarke play is more syncopated than the material in my black syncopation presentation? Or just that now that you have gone through the black syncopation material you hear something like it in their playing? And maybe you could expand on your description, "than some ways."
Kinda what I was asking is this syncopation the Hudson & Clarke are doing is this the syncopation you are talking about. Listening to Pompey and Juba , the way both these guys play them seems to be fewer notes, but heavy on the sync. Is there a video of you expalining and demonstrating this?
Hi Steve! I just slow it down...and practice endlessly. I don't do the left hand pull off for the middle note like some just cause I prefer the sound of the right hand doing all the notes... good luck and hi!
Hey, thanks for the kind words. I am a little on the unorthodox side for this site, but I am in love with the gourd banjo. I posted my latest effort in gourd banjo-making several months ago (January?), and you might want to check it out, since I was trying for a deep rich tone as it seems you are. Most of the makers here treat the gourd like the hoop on a minstrel banjo, and they run the dowel through the body, but I think a more traditional (West African) method is to notch the neck/spine into the top, which I think is stronger. In any case, the instrument I made delivers great sound. I have been lost in another music project for months, but when I get back to this I will post a video with this new instrument (the old one looked cool, but was too quiet and thin-sounding...).
Thanks for listening to my music Steve. Glad to see you getting into this stuff so much, I've been watching your building and playing posts, here and on the banjo hangout site - great instruments and music made on them.