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Vince Abadie
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  • Baton Rouge, LA
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  • 30+ years bluegrass, just getting…
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Bell Boucher Update

Started Apr 5, 2013 0 Replies

Just a quick update for those following the progress of my Boucher build. I've run into a little delay that is preventing me from completing the final step of stringing the banjo so I can play. But I…Continue

Tags: Boucher, Bell

My Bell And Son Boucher Kit Has Arrived!!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Jeter Mar 15, 2013. 15 Replies

My Boucher kit arrived at my office today. I'm itching to take it out and look at everything, but I know I won't get a chance here at work. Right after work, my bluegrass group will be going to play…Continue

Bell Boucher Kit -- Ordered!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Vince Abadie Jan 13, 2013. 2 Replies

I've finally done it...I've placed my order with Terry, and I am now eagerly awaiting the arrival of my Bell Boucher kit! I'm looking forward to the finishing and assembling project almost as much…Continue

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
Google search for minstrel banjo instructional videos
How long have you played banjo?
30+ years bluegrass, just getting started on minstrel banjo
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Bell and Son Boucher that I built from a kit in 2013, Stewart MacDonald Archtop Custom, unnamed fretless, open back, sort of Sweeney styled, 1964 Dixie Banjo Uke

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At 9:18am on February 8, 2010, John Masciale said…
Hi Vince, welcome to this forum. We are here to help. If you want to learn early banjo, then you need to start thinking more along clawhammer lines. Getting a tutor or two are great places to start. The Tom Briggs tutor of 1855 is a good place to begin. Do you read tab, or standard music notation? The complexity is that things were written in D/G or E/A, rather than in G/C like they are typically today. Another great resource for getting started are Bob Flesher's (Dr. Horsehair) books. That is where a number of us started. Feel free to ask questions here, we tend to be a very friendly group.
At 9:30am on February 8, 2010, Mike Gregory said…
Unless somebody else is on Youtube, demonstrating the Squared Eel, and on BHO making smardastical comments and posting godawful puns ( often with downloaded Google pictures) that's probably me.
At 10:40am on February 10, 2010, Rick Taglieri said…
Hi Vince
Are yo fron N'awnz? I ask because I lived down there (1513 Polymania st uptown from Lee Circle) from 77-81.
Hi All
when I started playing banjo almost 40 years ago I didn't even know there were styles so I started with clawhammer via seeger and Rosenbaum and have never quite given it up. In a circle of bluegrass banjo players going thru Cripple Creek, frailing it when it was my turn always got smiles and nods. Several months ago I began to get serious about it again and have gotten about half way thru Ken Perlman's "Clawhammer Banjo' book. I also play a few dozen fiddle tunes melodic style and it's interesting to to compare the two. I also like going outside the box, I play some 3 finger rags, classical, and a couple of klezmer tunes. Jack of all trades master of none. When looking to see if there was a cd to go along with the old instructor reprints I found this site via the Banjo Hangout.
At 11:15am on February 10, 2010, Vince Abadie said…
Hi Rick! I'm from Baton Rouge, but my dad was from Vacherie. I've got people all over the "Nawlins" area!
At 9:16am on February 14, 2011, Dan Gibson said…
Thanks, Vince.  Friends are always good to have.
At 6:16pm on February 28, 2011, flatfoot johnny said…
Thanks for the kind words Vince. I love making them, the only problem is a lack of gourd suppliers here in the U.K ... ive grown 1 of a decent size last summer, im hoping it dries out O.K.
At 2:09am on March 10, 2011, Rob MacKillop said…
Hi Vince. Thanks for the hand of friendship, gratefully received.
At 8:40am on April 10, 2011, Dena Lee said…
Thank YOU. Do you have recordings to share?
At 4:28pm on April 10, 2011, Dena Lee said…

Thanks, Vince:


I just listened to 3 of your songs.  I love the sound of your banjo.  What instrument are you playing?  Did you build it yourself?  Guitar is a little too high in the mix to get a good purchase on your sound.  But I have 16 more to watch.  :-)  Thank you for sharing your music with me.

At 11:45pm on April 10, 2011, Dena Lee said…
Nice. So true. Strings make a difference. I've just discovered a simulated gut made by Aquilla, I think. I have a set on an ukulele. But I wonder if they make banjo strings. Thank you for sharing your music. 

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