This is the very first tune I played on my brand new minstrel banjo, made especially for me by Terry Bell of Bell Banjos: http://bell.20m.com/banjos.html
To my friends on MinstrelBanjoNing- please forgive me for posting a CLAWHAMMER style tune here, but I wanted to give an idea of how beautiful this banjo sounds rather than my awkward struggling in stroke style. I promise to post some minstrel style tunes next!...beginner level of course because 'that's how I roll'... heh heh. :)
Now I'll be tackling some simple tunes in minstrel/stroke style, I'm just beginning to learn that style of playing.
This clawhammer tune is Jim Along Jocie ...but it's NOT the usual Coon Creek Gals version and not the expected minstrel version. I play it also on my gourd banjo, more tune info here: http://youtu.be/ebVvOi02VxI
This 13" pot, goatskin-headed, fretless, distressed minstrel banjo was styled after an 1848 banjo made by a young Henry Stichter. That original banjo is in the collection of Jim Bollman. I think Terry Bell did a wonderful job in customizing this banjo personally for me in various ways. Thank you Terry, it feels, looks, and sounds ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIC. I can't wait to get to work and dig into some real minstrel tunes now! This beautiful banjer really inspires the imagination.