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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Carson Hudson and D. Wooldridge are now friends
Monday
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
Monday
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
Andy Chase liked Al Smitley's discussion Strum Machine
Jun 22
Andy Chase liked Paul Draper's video
Jun 22
Paul Draper commented on Paul Draper's video
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Bolton Clog Hornpipe

"Thanks.  Just take it slow and steady...."
Jun 21
Rob Mohr commented on Paul Draper's video
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Bolton Clog Hornpipe

"Such a "fancy" tune...I usually pass on this one because I can't quite get the rhythm of it...well done"
Jun 21
Rob Mohr liked Paul Draper's video
Jun 21
Sule Greg Wilson and Timothy Twiss are now friends
Jun 18
Tony Thomas and Sule Greg Wilson are now friends
Jun 17
Al Smitley replied to Al Smitley's discussion Strum Machine
"This will give a better idea what it's about.......... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_09u9ecYO8&t=758s"
Jun 17
Al Smitley posted a discussion

Strum Machine

Has anyone tried using Strum Machine?I just signed up for a free trial and am enjoying it, especially because I don't play with others and it seems as though it would be great for practicing.After the trial, it's $49/year and I think it well worth the price.  The existing repertoire is geared toward bluegrass, old timey, etc., but it is very easy to enter your own.  I've already entered chords for about 35-40 tunes and it should be especially easy for minstrel tunes as they generally use only…See More
Jun 17
Timothy Twiss posted a video

Sand Jig 1

From Mel Bay publication Early 5-String Banjo Solos. Hybrid style.
Jun 16
Tom Taggart liked Paul Draper's video
Jun 16
Paul Draper posted a video

Bolton Clog Hornpipe

From Buckley’s Banjo Guide, 1868.
Jun 16
Tom Taggart liked Timothy Twiss's video
Jun 14
Rob Mohr commented on Timothy Twiss's video
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Fairy Dance

"This tune always gets me. It's those multi-note pull-offs. The bane of my playing ugh...lol"
Jun 14
Rob Mohr liked Timothy Twiss's video
Jun 14
Timothy Twiss posted a video

Fairy Dance

....from "Early 5-String Banjo Solos".... two different styles, two different banjos, two different tunings.
Jun 14
 
 
 

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