Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

My first attempt at Minstrel banjo playing. I clearly don't have a traditional instrument and I am finding it difficult to keep the strings in tune!

I am looking for advice on technique. I think I see people using their thumb and finger to strike the middle strings, but I can't be so sure two days into playing.

This is the first video I've even made of myself, so thank you for making me safe to do so.

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Comment by Steve Jeter on March 25, 2013 at 10:37am

you got the natural feel, all you need is a banjo that will do these tunes right. And also give you fingers room to dig in, ie wider neck & string spacing kudos!

Comment by Valerie Diaz Leroy on March 25, 2013 at 11:18am

Thanks, Steve. When I do decide on a minstrel banjo I'll have to do some research. I have a habit of spending more than I have, which is okay with me. So, when the time comes I will ask you all for advice. (Yes, I've already been looking around)

Comment by Steve Jeter on March 25, 2013 at 12:18pm

if you watching your budget, and who aint,,,, theres a 200$ way to go minsterel,,, and a 400$  

without mentioning names the 400 imo,,,,,,,,, you may have to put together a bit,,,,,, but is way way superior to the 200.   just my opinions fwiw

Comment by Valerie Diaz Leroy on March 25, 2013 at 12:29pm

Steve-I have looked at all of these already. And, when the time comes I will remember your advice. I have an open back on order, so my husband may not be too pleased if I commit to another banjo right now. (And, I'm also looking for a bass). 

Comment by Strumelia on March 25, 2013 at 12:36pm

You should sell your resonator banjo, then your husband can't complain, right?   :)

Comment by Valerie Diaz Leroy on March 25, 2013 at 1:02pm

Ha! I am in love with that banjo. It's a custom and I put too much love into the design to sell it :) But, I am okay waiting for new banjos. I don't need everything I want right away. 

Comment by Strumelia on March 25, 2013 at 1:11pm

Oh ok, I didn't know you loved your res banjo! 

I find my husband is placated if I sell some other instrument or at least some significant thing each time I buy a new instrument.  One time I sold an antique doll and immediately bought a cheap mountain banjo with the money.   Good move!   lol!

Comment by Valerie Diaz Leroy on March 25, 2013 at 1:45pm

Good idea. I think it's time to make stuff and have a craft show to raise soem banjo money. 

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