Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

Arr Frank Converse from the Otto Langey Tutor c.1891

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Comment by Timothy Twiss on June 24, 2018 at 6:41pm
I got a feeling nobody has played this one in a while.
Comment by Tom Taggart on June 24, 2018 at 7:30pm

Got to love Gilbert and Sullivan.

Comment by Paul Miletta jr on June 24, 2018 at 8:33pm

Really like the sound and style. It’s hard getting used to the lowered 4th string for me coming from clawhammer standard tuning.  

Comment by Brice Alms on June 25, 2018 at 7:50am

I've never heard of that one before, well done. Are you playing in the classic banjo style or are you playing in the guitar style?

Comment by Timothy Twiss on June 25, 2018 at 7:56am

Mostly guitar style

Comment by Strumelia on June 25, 2018 at 10:48am

@paul - when you're in low bass minstrel tuning, it's really more like you are playing D tunes in clawhammer double-D tuning... except that the 2nd string is lowered so you have to fret it on the first fret when playing the tonic chord (in normal double d you'd play the tonic chord with just fretting the 1st string only)  ... yikes hope you can understand that.  Just remember that Low bass is similar to playing oldtime D tunes, and high bass is more like playing in standard G oldtime tuning.

Comment by Paul Miletta jr on June 25, 2018 at 5:21pm

Yes mostly understand.  Glad to have discovered Minstrel banjo.  Seems like something I can continue and it is relaxing. Unknowingly Ive been mostly practicing with the Low D strings which I guess comes close to a Minstrel sound on my Openbacks that I prefer when-practicing alone. I’ll try to put up a vid.  A true Minstrel B is next in my list.  Love the Vids. Thanks. 


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