Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

by W.H. Gassner, from James Buckley's Banjo Method of 1860. Played on a Jeff Menzies banjo.

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Comment by Paul Draper on April 14, 2014 at 7:35am
Nice! Ah so many tunes, so little time....
Comment by Andy Chase on April 14, 2014 at 7:56am

I don't know how Tim does it.

Comment by Tim Twiss on April 14, 2014 at 8:12am

It becomes infectious. You cannot stop.

Comment by Tim Twiss on April 14, 2014 at 8:44pm

What amazes me about some of these tunes is the different character they all have. Little gems!

Comment by Tim Twiss on April 14, 2014 at 8:44pm

The ending is sort of a bear, isn't it?

Comment by Andy Chase on April 14, 2014 at 9:13pm

The variety is great, and I'm still occasionally struck by how modern some of them sound despite having been written 150+ years ago.

I'm still stumbling my way up the neck - this tune is actually not too bad since you can play most of it out of the same barre form, but it still feels like no man's land up there.  I'm also still adjusting to this banjo's 28" scale, which is longer than any I've played so far!  What I love about this neck is that with the bridge at 28", the start of the chanterelle lobe begins right at right about the 5th fret position and ends at right about the 7th.  (I asked Jeff to build me a neck to some of the Ashborn specs in Greg's banjo database, and those positions were a happy discovery.)

Comment by Tim Twiss on April 14, 2014 at 9:38pm

Yea, the thing about that tune is that you have to wait until the very end to see if you screw it up. Those last chords are difficult to intonate.

Comment by Andy Chase on April 14, 2014 at 9:39pm

Hah!  That is a perfect way of putting it. Rail Road Polka, too.

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