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The early banjo in North Alabama...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Oct 29, 2019. 4 Replies

Banjo Roots and Branches by Robert Winans

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob Mohr Aug 30, 2018. 1 Reply

Ed Hulse anyone?

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Trapdoor2 liked Andy Chase's discussion Another take on Converse's 1865 Funeral March
Jul 10
Trapdoor2 commented on John Masciale's event An Early Banjo Gathering
"I'm so glad to hear Kristina has put her research into book form! Her and Pete's discoveries and presentations at the Banjo Collector's Gatherings over the past few years have been amazing and exciting. If she has copies there,…"
Apr 4
Trapdoor2 replied to Al Smitley's discussion Tunes For The Times of Antebellum America
"I would enjoy a copy, Al. madsmith73@gmail.com Thanks! ===Marc"
Feb 20
Trapdoor2 and Jim Krewson are now friends
Feb 20
Trapdoor2 commented on John Masciale's event An Early Banjo Gathering
"I've put it on my calendar. I sorely miss going to AEBG. We've just moved to SC which puts this one at around 6hrs away. Hopefully I can get things straight around here to be able to attend!"
Feb 17
Trapdoor2 might attend John Masciale's event

An Early Banjo Gathering at Renfrew Museum and Park

June 26, 2020 at 7pm to June 28, 2020 at 1pm
We are hosting an Early American Banjo gathering. The committee for this event are John and Elaine Masciale, Tim Twiss, Al Smitley, and Andy Chase. At the end of the last gathering there was a lot of interest in continuing with the gathering, but we needed a new venue.  After a lot of searching we are pleased to announce that Renfrew Museum is willing to host us.Our goals are:!. To educate about and create an appreciation for the early American banjo, its musical repertoire, and its role in…See More
Feb 17
Trapdoor2 replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion TOTW 11/25/19
"Yah, I found your pdf of Rice online and was able to confirm his use of a crotchet (1/4) rest. I still don't like it. ;-) On the flip side, when it is 'straightened out', it sounds very 'clawhammery'...and loses some of the…"
Nov 26, 2019
Trapdoor2 replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion TOTW 11/25/19
"This is an interesting tune for me. Unfortunately, my banjos are 500mi away. First, I would point out in your tab, Tim, that you might try the measure 12 D# as notated (it would be a 4th fret note) rather than a D natural (3rd fret) as all the other…"
Nov 26, 2019

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Genuine Negro Jig TAB...

Posted on September 14, 2010 at 7:37pm 0 Comments

Ok, here it is. Taken from the Hans Nathan book.

Genuine Negro Jig.pdf

Trip Report, AEBG III

Posted on August 30, 2010 at 9:03pm 8 Comments

First, the disclaimer: I know not what I do. I may have disremembered, misquoted, misplaced, waxed hyperbolic or simply forgot. No spotted owls were eaten without the proper Mornay sauce having been ladled properly over each. Rolling verbosity knob to 12...

I had several things in mind whilst…


Comment Wall (9 comments)

At 5:21pm on December 19, 2008, razyn said…
Just befriending the guys I know, from AEBG or the old forum --
At 2:08am on March 9, 2009, David Wade said…
Thanks Marc, taken me a while to get over here, I'll just sit at the back with a 7-string z-b and have a pint while you lads get on with it.
At 7:43am on April 13, 2009, John Masciale said…
Hi Marc, you can upload files to a forum, but not a video.
Hope things are well - John
At 1:32pm on June 5, 2009, Eric STEFANELLI said…
Hi Marc!
Yes about banjo i'm always on the run....a maniak !
At 12:07am on June 15, 2009, Kyle (Cuffie) Pretzl said…
Thanks for the add and the kind words on the bones palyin pard!
At 10:39am on June 15, 2009, huston west said…
thanks a million, marc.
At 6:39am on December 02, 2009, Carl Anderton gave Trapdoor2 a gift
Hi Marc, I bought you a shot for buying the Converse songster, it's the least I could do ;^} Have a Merry Christmas.
At 1:15am on December 12, 2011, Paul Ely Smith said…

Hi Marc.  Thanks for the comment.  I am not sure how the site works with friends and whatnot, so I am likely to be clumsy.  There was a discussion about a video I posted on YouTube last year that I just discovered and felt I should respond to, so I just finished going on and on about it.  I sure hope that doesn't wear out my welcome.  It is so interesting for me to discover this vibrant community since I have been so isolated in my work over the years and have actually started performing banjo music again after decades (!) of neglect.  Anyway, thanks for the kind words.  Paul 

At 12:03am on June 5, 2012, Mollie Smith said…

Hi, I sent you a friend request so I could ask about the banjo in your profile pic--I didn't realize I could simply leave a comment here asking about it (I just joined, still learning my way around).  Otherwise, I wouldn't have sent a friend request to someone I didn't know, so please feel free to respond via comments, no need to accept the request since you don't know me.  :-)


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