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CRAFT IN AMERICA: MUSIC on PBS, Nov. 20th 2015

Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg Adams Oct 29, 2015. 1 Reply

The series CRAFT IN AMERICA starts on Nov. 20th with the MUSIC episode. One of the instrument makers featured in this episode is James Hartel, with Rhiannon Giddens playing one of his instruments.…Continue

Tags: america, in, craft, Hartel

Hawaiian Music in Motion: Mariners, Missionaries, and Minstrels

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This book, part of which concerns American minstrelsy in Hawaii, may be of interest to some.  For more info go to  …Continue

Modern Old-time stringband interpretation of Kickin up the Devil

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Draper Mar 28, 2013. 2 Replies

Kickin up the Devil on a Holiday by the Foghorn Stringband:http://foghornstringband.com/music/scroll down to Weiser Sunrise album.Continue

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Paul Draper replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Tune of the Week
"Not to beat a dead horse, but if you’re  looking for economy of motion, raising the 4th allows you to play out of a  D chord formation while the banjo is tuned to E.  Plus you can end the tune with a strong D chord. That’s…"
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Nine O'Clock Bell

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Paul Draper replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Tune of the Week
"True. Remember, I was a mere beginner when I first started playing this tune. That 5th fret stretch seemed insurmountable way back then...  I now know that this is ridiculous..."
Paul Draper replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Tune of the Week
"Btw i play the note as written, just at the 3rd fret instead of the 5th. Musically, nothing changes..."
Paul Draper replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Tune of the Week
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Paul Draper replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Tune of the Week
"In Briggs tuning, I bring the 4th string up to A.  In Rice tuning I bring the 4th string up to B.  Makes for less stretching "
Paul Draper replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Tune of the Week
"I like to raise the 4th string on this one, makes it easier to play...."
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Wake Up Jake.

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Wake Up Jake.

"Paean to the Iron City. I first heard this one from Dave Kirchner. "
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Wake Up Jake.

Written and composed by Geo. Holman, 1848. “A magnificent Silver Cup was awarded to the Author of this Song by A. Andrews Esquire of the Eagle Saloon, Pittsb...
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Wm Sidney Mount’s Banjo Player

"Paul--regarding the banjo in the painting,an old friend of mine was in an antique store recently and spied a previously undiscovered Boucher banjo with wall-mounted brackets very similar to the one in the portrait.  His plan is to first make an…"
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Wm Sidney Mount’s Banjo Player

"Thanks Dave - yes it was mentioned in the description. The exhibit was quite good - called “Perfect Harmony: the musical art & life of WSM”. some other pieces on display were the Bone Player, Fiddler, Dance of the Haymakers, power of…"
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Hartel-Boucher, Moschella gourd, nameless flushfret, Bart Reiter fretless, GT Whyte Laydie

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At 3:37pm on November 23, 2011, Al Smitley said…

Hello Paul.   That was a first.  It was pretty impromptu.  We went out to eat afterward and we talked about maybe doing it some more.

While eating, your name came up.  I commented about your right hand.  You make a lot of music but your right hand hardly moves.  Your right hand reminds me of Kevin Burke's left hand.  I listened to a lot of his recordings and then when I finally went to see him in concert, his left hand hardly moved!  It was hard to know how he could get all those notes in there that way.  Very efficient!

At 10:22am on June 28, 2012, Bob Winans said…

Glad to accept your friend request, Paul. And I hope you enjoy working on some of the variations from my presentation. I am thinking of posting the handout on this site so others can see it as well.

At 10:52am on June 28, 2012, Mark Weems said…

That would be great, Bob. Somehow I've misplaced my folder from the weekend!

At 7:00pm on April 23, 2014, Barbara Mullin said…

Thanks, Paul ;o}

At 11:17am on June 23, 2014, John Cohen said…
It was a great pleasure meeting you, and I look forward to playing more with you next year!
At 8:03pm on June 23, 2014, Marek Bennett said…

Great to meet you, too Paul... and to hear your fine playing on several different instruments!

At 11:03am on August 28, 2014, Ambrose Verdibello said…

Thanks Paul - I'm looking forward to playing some of these pieces with you - you're an inspiration.

At 1:10pm on March 5, 2015, Jean Louis Thiry said…

Merci Paul, glad to be there !

At 8:50pm on March 29, 2015, Nicholas A Bechtel said…

Hey Paul,,it has been a while...about last summer I started getting into the Dobro and then the Lap Steel..slowly found my self with a Pedal steel Guitar...been focusing on that, then started wanting to get back into my minstrel banjo. Its cool I spent about two and half years getting into it and all that practicing and learning songs, and its like I never left...I love the sound...been going around and checking out everyone's videos again, right now I am recouping from a hernia operation so I can't play my banjo yet just been learning Irish jigs on my Mandolin. I see you have a new Banjo.

At 12:41pm on June 6, 2015, Ian Bell said…
Will do, Paul. I'm looking forward to the weekend. (I get to be "Great Lakes Guy") I'm also playing at Havre Le Grace Maritime Museum near Baltimore on Wednesday evening.

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Posted on June 25, 2014 at 11:01am 9 Comments

Hi Folks - I took video of everyone's performances at the Dunker Church concert on Sunday.  If you would like me to post your performance for our Ning brethren and sistren who where not there, I will gladly do so.  All performances were very good!  One caveat -- I really MESSED UP the audio on some of these videos thereby spoiling an otherwise great performance.  I sincerely apologize for that.  Mea maxima culpa!  I'll know better next time, I hope.... On the plus side, the audio of the…



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