Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

I'm continually surprised by the tunes that have slipped under my radar; I've been looking at the Briggs book for 6 years now and listening to Tim's CDs for almost that long, and somehow this one never grabbed my attention... until this morning. Still a little rough around the edges but what the heck - feels good to work up a new (to me) tune, it's been a while.

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Comment by Strumelia on April 15, 2016 at 6:03pm

I like the tone you're getting Andy.  Those...what do you call them, rolls?...sound like water pouring, very pretty.

I won't mention 'the elephant in the room'.

Comment by Chris Prieto on April 16, 2016 at 9:19am
One of my favs. Cool zebra :)
Comment by Andy Chase on April 16, 2016 at 10:16am

Thanks!  I'm not sure what it is about this banjo and/or the strings that are currently on it (La Bellas, I think) but I have noticed that I'm prone to getting that "trickly" sound when doing multi-string glides like that, at least when playing without a thimble as I am here.  It works better in some places than others!

(No zebras were harmed in the making of this video.  It's a sculpture!)

Comment by Strumelia on April 17, 2016 at 9:13pm

I bet the 'no thimble' thing is a factor- I always seem to get more 'naturalistic' textures with bare fingers...though the volume does get reduced then.

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