Minstrel Banjo

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Barry Sholder
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  • Dallas, GA
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Fiddle question......What?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barry Sholder May 1, 2011. 12 Replies

A quick answer will do ....Is there much difference in O/T fiddling compared to Minstrel fiddling.  I see plenty of fiddling photos . Is there a souce like the Minstrel sight?

what constitutes a Minstrel Banjo?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Vince Abadie May 4, 2011. 23 Replies

Does a gourd banjo with a wide neck qualify as a Minstrel Banjo?

Pull offs on open strings

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob Morrison Jan 24, 2011. 7 Replies

I just received 2 of Bob Fleshers Minstrel Books and I'm a bit puzzled by these pull offs on open strings. I'm a good clawhammer player but I'm not quite catching what's going on . Most of the things…Continue


Started this discussion. Last reply by Barry Sholder Jan 12, 2011. 5 Replies

Does anyone have full size plans available for a wide neck minstrel banjo. I have made many gourd banjos but I would like to make a correct neck.

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Make gourd banjos

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At 12:20pm on January 10, 2011, Randy Cordle said…
Welcome aboard, Barry!
At 6:19pm on January 10, 2011, John Masciale said…


It is not shameless to promote yourself, just don't be obnoxious about it.  We have a number of banjo makers on this site.  For instance, Jay Moschella just posted a photo with a couple of banjos he just completed.  I think people were enthusiastic to see what he has been making.

Forums can be created for discussion.  We have basically 3 forum types at present, uncategorized, Classified, and Friday Night Challenge.  The friday night challenge was created when we were suggesting a piece of music to learn across a week, and to then have people record their progress.


The classified forum was added if people want to put something up for sale.  Welcome aboard.


At 8:24am on April 24, 2011, Dena Lee said…
Hi, Barry. Your banjos look great. I am attending a workshop with Jeff Menzies in a few weeks. He makes gourd banjos and tackhead wooden pot banjos. Here is his site. http://www.jeffreymenzies.com/. I am playing a banjo made by him on my website on the song YoYo Beau. You can hear it at www.myspace.com/denasings

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