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Tunes For The Times of Antebellum America

I've created another self-published book of 89 tunes (no songs in this one) with titles reflecting persons, topics, or events in American h…

Started by Al Smitley

12 Jul 27, 2020
Reply by Rob Mohr

Another take on Converse's 1865 Funeral March

...played on a fretted, concert pitch banjo with suitably dirge-like drums and Mellotron strings. Funeral March by Capharnaum County Magic…

Started by Andy Chase

2 Jul 4, 2020
Reply by Andy Chase

Sam Lucas Documentary

This is a nice half-hour piece on Sam Lucas, a black entertainer who got his start in minstrelsy, and lived into the silent film era, playi…

Started by Andy Chase

0 Jul 1, 2020


For whatever reason, I feel the need to make an apology for my lack of posting/activity lately. I kind of plateaued and returned to the fun…

Started by Rob Mohr

2 Jun 29, 2020
Reply by Timothy Twiss

Horsehair or Hemp strings

Has anyone used Horsehair or Hemp for strings? The following link is a gourd banjo with Horsehair strings playing the tune “Old Johnny Boke…

Started by Michael Cypret

4 Jun 4, 2020
Reply by Brice Alms

To what tune could this be sung?

This is an excellently written song from the 1864 Southern Soldier’s Prize Songster, and I believe it bears repeating. There’s even a whole…

Started by Matthew Menice

7 May 14, 2020
Reply by Al Smitley

1997 George Wunderlich Banjo For Sale

This beautiful rare banjo is in excellent condition. The banjo is dated 1997 and was commissioned by Clarke Buehling for his own collection…

Started by Jeff Menzies

0 May 13, 2020

Zoom a Toon

Want to learn something new? Try one you have been stumped on? Maybe a brand new one? Let's "Zoom a Toon". For ten bucks, I'll send you an…

Started by Timothy Twiss

0 Apr 18, 2020


If anyone wants to try something new....a custom arrangement, Hybrid playing, Hammer technique etc, ZOOM sessions are the way to go. Send a…

Started by Timothy Twiss

0 Mar 22, 2020

Blackface & Minstrel Shows

I haven't yet seen this but thought I'd pass it along.  It also airs at 4 am on Sunday.

Started by Al Smitley

9 Mar 17, 2020
Reply by Rob Mohr



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