Minstrel Banjo

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Tom Taggart liked Paul Draper's video
Sep 3
Paul Draper posted a video

Foster’s Jig.

From the “guitar style” section of the Converse Analytical, 1886.
Sep 2
Rob Mohr replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Blue Bell Valse - Buckley
"Joel, thanks for the references!! I've just been leaning on my early bluegrass lessons (before I was introduced to frailing & minstrel). I also have the 2 Finger Banjo series (index lead, thumb lead, & mixed) by Sebastian Schroeder.…"
Sep 2
Joel Hooks replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Blue Bell Valse - Buckley
"Right, and at the 19th measure where it says "7th fret" I will hold that at 5th position stopping the D with my 3rd and the F# with my 4th fingers. Learning position playing as a habit is a good thing and one begins to identify patterns as…"
Sep 2
Trapdoor2 replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Blue Bell Valse - Buckley
"Poo. I meant to add my tab from Buckley's Guide For The Banjo, 1868. Includes the arpeggios and I think it closer to the original...but again, neither better nor worse than Tim's, just different."
Sep 1
Trapdoor2 replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Blue Bell Valse - Buckley
"That stab at the 7th fret, 1st string is so common that you might as well "Buckley down" and get it comfortable. ;-) Yah, Tim's version is pretty close to the original...but it is the way Tim plays it. For example, I might play…"
Sep 1
Rob Mohr replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Blue Bell Valse - Buckley
"I've messed around with guitar style a bit, but not as much as I've played it stroke style. I'll dedicate a more time to trying the guitar style and see how it goes. I tend to stay away from guitar style for whatever reason. Probably…"
Sep 1
Joel Hooks replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Blue Bell Valse - Buckley
"I'll leave it to Tim to comment then... it is not noted that way in the music.   FWIW I would play this piece guitar style. "
Sep 1
Rob Mohr replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Blue Bell Valse - Buckley
"Here are the 11th & 12th measures from Tim's Buckley 1868 book."
Sep 1
Joel Hooks replied to Rob Mohr's discussion Blue Bell Valse - Buckley
"Series of slurs?  I only see one slur, a snap.https://archive.org/details/buckleysbanjogui00buck/page/28/mode/2up"
Sep 1
Rob Mohr posted a discussion

Blue Bell Valse - Buckley

Been working on BBV lately. I STINK with barre chords, fretted or unfretted. That aside, anyone have any tips rolling from the 10th measure into the 11th and 12th measures?? I struggle getting from the 7th "fret" with my ring finger into the series of pulloffs and a hammer on. I think the pinky stretch to the 7th might work, but I'm not too accurate with that. And yes, I know that's what practice is for :PSee More
Aug 31
Tom Taggart liked Paul Draper's video
Aug 28
Paul Draper posted a video

Gumbo Reel.

From the “guitar style” section of the Converse Analytical, 1886.
Aug 28
Rob Mohr posted a discussion

Joe Sweeny Convergence - Appomattox, VA

Anyone know if the Sweeny Convergence is on this year the weekend after Labor Day??Also, any word about the Antietam Convergence at Renfrew??See More
Aug 25
Jeff Herbster posted photos
Aug 16
Rob Mohr replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion What are you working on?
"I've been working through some Converse and Buckley. I do have a couple of books full of tunes in notation. I need to "translate" them, hoping it leads to reading the notation. And, I need to get back into the habit of making…"
Aug 14
Timothy Twiss replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion What are you working on?
"That's great news Marc. Hope you enjoy your well deserved retirement. "
Aug 14
Trapdoor2 replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion What are you working on?
"Hi Tim! I retired in Oct. of 2019 and have been doing all the things necessary to move our household 500mi East to South Carolina. Finally got a few instruments up in the music room just last week. I've ordered more track to hang instruments…"
Aug 10
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