Minstrel Banjo

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Comment by Chris Prieto on November 5, 2017 at 11:17pm
Lovely as usual Mr Weems! I love the sound you get out of these tunes. Very much transports me along with the imagery.

Also what size shekere you using? I've been wanting one for a while but am torn on paying for one or figuring out how to weave you a nice bead pattern around the gourd.
Comment by Tom Berghan on November 6, 2017 at 12:02am
I love it Mark!
Comment by Mark Weems on November 6, 2017 at 12:04am

Thanks, Chris. It's a smaller one, about six inches at its base and about 8 inches high. I tried several that the seller had and found one that wasn't too brittle sounding. Beads not shells.

Comment by Tom Berghan on November 6, 2017 at 12:22am
Chris, these look pretty good to me and not too brutal on the wallet:
https://www.steveweissmusic.com/product/overseas-connection-rhythmk...
Comment by Paul Draper on November 6, 2017 at 8:41am
Another nice one, Mark. That book is a little gem.
Comment by Chris Prieto on November 6, 2017 at 10:53am
Thanks Tom and Mark for shekere info. A lil vitamin YouTube and I am fairly sure I can make my own haha.

I'm partial to the Yoruba style as I really am big fan of the Yoruba sound. They use fairly big gourds and use a lot of talking drums in their music. Lots of women singers too which I find refreshing. I believe their influence made it's way to carribean islands as well. I highly recommend a listen if you haven't.
Comment by Mark Weems on November 6, 2017 at 10:58am

Yes, and everything is in the key of G and D, so they play like butter on banjo's, which I suggest they were already starting to do by the late 18th, early 19th centuries. Also supports a Brigg's banjo pitch over the Rice. 

Comment by Strumelia on November 6, 2017 at 12:47pm

Nice and lively yet graceful.

Comment by Ian Bell on November 6, 2017 at 7:28pm

That's got a wonderful feel to it!

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