Yes, hi Al. I'm a director of Midwest BAnjo Camp and we've put in a full-time Minstrel banjo program this year for the first time, with instructor Greg Adams assisted by Seth Swingle. We'd like to get word on this to your membership and wonder if there is an appropriate way. We would like to continue with the program from year to year but of course can only do so if we get enough takers . . .
Ken, I'm confused. I'm merely an occasional participant on this website and not one who has any 'pull' or authority. Have you contacted John Masciale? I think he is the one who maintains the Minstrel Banjo site. If he's not the one to contact, I'm sure Greg Adams would know who is best to consult. Good luck.
Ken, for starters, you can click on "Events" link at top and put in the event yourself. Include a website link and maybe some basic facts. Then you can also start a discussion thread in the site Forum (with descriptive title like "Midwest Banjo Camp 2017") for folks to post back and forth here about it with more info, pix, etc.
I am learning tunes from your older melodic clawhammer book, and also from Weidlich's Converse and Briggs' books, and Bob Flesher's books, and another older clawhammer book by Eric Muller and Barbara Koehler. I had to learn a less chord-intense style when my left hand was injured a few years ago and I could not reach the more spread-out chords any more. So I first went to fretless, and then started in on your book, which I really like.
I have realized that I can reach things better on a shorter scale instrument, so I am making a fretless that will fit me, and plan to buy a parlor banjo for tunes that will work better with frets. I will be able to reach things better that way. (I know I can capo up on a regular size banjo and get the same scale, but that 5th string peg then being at the third fret just feels so wrong!)
Ride sharing might be an option, if it can be worked out. I am up near Grand Rapids Minnesota, northwest of Duluth. I haven't asked around yet among the Bluegrass folks here to see if anyone is going. I don't even know any Old Time players around here.
We have a few months to see if a ride share will turn up. I'll ask around up here, and maybe you can keep me in mind as people's registrations come in. So! I will register! See you in June! Thanks for being so welcoming.
- M'lou Brubaker. (Pronounced “muh-LOO”, as in Skip to M'lou My Darling”.!