Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

I decided to play this because I love the tune and I learned to play triplets! I think I try to put them in almost everything I play now!

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Comment by Rob MacKillop on July 19, 2009 at 2:46pm
Well done Tom. I enjoyed that. Triplets are hard - you are doing well. I like the sound of your banjo too. Please tell us more about it and the strings you are using.

Rob
Comment by Tom Ward on July 19, 2009 at 3:15pm
Rob,Thanks for the compliment.My dad,his brother and myself built that banjo.It`s not the best of construction,but it does have a animal skin head(goat skin),no frets and nylgut strings.The body was made by cutting 1 inch thick circles from a flat piece of pine,stacking them on top of each other,glueing them together,and sanding it all down!The neck was cut a little narrow where the nut is which makes it a little hard to play as far as the fingering goes.I hope to buy a tackhead sometime this year(maybe by Christmas)that will be a little more period correct.
Comment by Rob MacKillop on July 19, 2009 at 5:01pm
Well, you are far more resourceful than me. I can't imagine ever thinking that there might even be a possibility of me even thinking I might be able to make a banjo...if that makes any sense?!

So, once more, well done.

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