Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

A resource and gathering site for people interested in playing and constructing early banjos, and the history of minstrel music in America.

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Paul Draper commented on Paul Draper's video
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Jumbo Reel.

"Thanks for pointing that out, Al. I was thinking that also.  "
Aug 4
Al Smitley commented on Paul Draper's video
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Jumbo Reel.

"I wonder if it could be referring to the elephant who died the previous year.     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGhesVh8tV4"
Aug 4
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Aug 2
Paul Draper posted a video

Jumbo Reel.

From the banjo style section of the Converse Analytical, 1886.
Aug 1
Rob Mohr liked Paul Draper's video
Jul 29
Tom Taggart liked Paul Draper's video
Jul 27
Paul Draper posted a video

Mid 19th Century Banjo mini-concert

Green Corn (Rice 1858)Oh, What’s The Matter, Suse Ann? (Rice 1858)Hard Times Jig (Briggs 1855)Old Virginny Jig (Rice 1858)
Jul 26
Michael Randolph left a comment for Michael Randolph
"Thank you Al.  I really appreciate your unique CD bringing together vintage baseball with vintage music, which both are actually timeless.  It's definitely a collector's item!"
Jul 19
Al Smitley left a comment for Michael Randolph
"That is very strange.  Just yesterday, I recalled that I gave you a copy at AEBG and wondered if I gave you the only one I had taken along on my trip there.  I put the amateurish CD together in 2009, just in time for a couple teammates to…"
Jul 19
Michael Randolph left a comment for Al Smitley
"Hi Al.  Recently listening to your Vintage Base Ball Music CD.  What year did you produce it?  Thanks!"
Jul 19
Michael Randolph liked Rhiannon Giddens's discussion New Chocolate Drop Album
Jul 17
Paul Draper commented on Paul Draper's video
Jul 5
Tom Taggart commented on Paul Draper's video
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Jul 4
Paul Draper posted a video

Briggs’ Yankee Doodle with variations (1855)

Here we are again, a year later. What a year….Yankee Doodle, Briggs’ version, this year played on a modern Bart Reiter tubaphone.
Jul 4
Carson Hudson and D. Wooldridge are now friends
Jun 26
jim atleson posted a discussion

Jim Hartel Boucher for sale

I can’t find just now, but someone had a Hatell Boucher to sell.  I’ve been playing the password game far a while, and finally seem to have gotten in.is this ad possibly still viable——-or does anyone else have a used one to sell?See More
Jun 26
Al Smitley replied to Al Smitley's discussion Strum Machine
"Yeah, I've added chords for 106 songs/tunes to my personal list, two-thirds of which I entered myself.  The more I do, and learn of shortcuts, the easier it gets. "
Jun 23
Andy Chase replied to Al Smitley's discussion Strum Machine
"I hadn't heard of this one, thanks Al. There's a similar app for Mac, iOS and Android called iRealPro, although its built-in repertoire leans very heavily towards jazz. Editing chords in Strum Machine looks less clunky."
Jun 22
 
 
 

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