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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 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
Trapdoor2 commented on Timothy Twiss's photo

Converse book

"I hope you get a lot of bidders, Tim. I don't think I'm ready to get rid of my copy (or the rest of the Converse books I have). In cleaning out my music room to move it, I found an original copy of Buckley's 1860 that I forgot I had.…"
Nov 19, 2019
Trapdoor2 replied to Trapdoor2's discussion The early banjo in North Alabama...
"Hi Joel,  Yes, I'd like to see a copy. There were a few ads in the local papers for pianos from a company based in Memphis...no banjos though. Pianos were very popular, of course. I found some early ads for Knabe pianos...one of which sits…"
Oct 29, 2019
Joel Hooks replied to Trapdoor2's discussion The early banjo in North Alabama...
"I can't help you with Alabama.  You mentioned Nashville.  I do have ads for Frank Converse's school and lessons in Memphis, 1855."
Oct 29, 2019
Trapdoor2 replied to Trapdoor2's discussion The early banjo in North Alabama...
"No doubt, Tim. I had done some really surface scratching about 10 yrs ago...finding nothing at all. I didn't really have the time. I knew this was a fairly important hub for Alabama in the 19th Cent., it had been a temporary state-capital in…"
Oct 29, 2019
Timothy Twiss replied to Trapdoor2's discussion The early banjo in North Alabama...
"That's really cool. I'm sure great part of that adventure is having a luxury of time to do something like that."
Oct 29, 2019
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The early banjo in North Alabama...

I've been thinking about this line of investigation for years...but haven't had a chance to hit the local library until now (since I'm officially retired).Our Library has a "Heritage Room" on the 3rd floor that maintains all the local print resources, micro-film/fische of newspapers (1820's-), documentation, etc.My initial visit got me pawing thru boxes of index cards someone had compiled for early trade advertisements and theatrical notices. Not a lot there prior to the 1870s. Huntsville had…See More
Oct 29, 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…


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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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