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Michael Ananian
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  • Greensboro, NC
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  • I started playing on June 17, 2014.
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Angelina Baker sheet music for the banjo

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Ananian Oct 31, 2015. 8 Replies

Does anyone know where I can good downstroking version--preferably in banjo tab, but standard notation would be OK--of Angelina Baker? (Not to be confused with the later old time song, Angeline The…Continue

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
When I attended the 2015 AEBG, Elaine and John Masciale told me about this website.
How long have you played banjo?
I started playing on June 17, 2014.
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
One bluegrass banjo, one Saga OK2 I made from a kit, and one Banjo Factory gourd banjo I made from a kit


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At 12:43pm on July 3, 2015, Michael Ananian said…

Dear Minstrel Banjo Members,

I am a novice clawhammer banjoist, learning old time tunes by ear--the time-honored way of learning old time music. I also love antebellum banjo, especially the tunes and the "downstroking" style, which I read derive from the African American slaves. I am also told that clawhammer and many old time tunes originate from this African American "downstroking" style and antebellum period and are intimately related, structurally and aesthetically. While I love old time music, I also love antebellum music. Because both styles are related, I hope knowing clawhammer will make it easier to learn antebellum music and the downstroking style.


Mike Ananian

At 1:01pm on July 3, 2015, Al Smitley said…

Wow. Michael, you actually cite an exact date that you started playing!

I don't know that the rest of us could come up with such a historical marker!

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