Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

I'm licking my chops.....looking at that Green Converse Book. When to start...? I seem to get posessed by it once I start, so I have to make sure the rest of life is in order first...ha ha.

I plan on that and the Buckley 1868 soon.

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Comment by Strumelia on January 25, 2013 at 4:06pm

I play most often in F.  I don't have a minstrel banjo yet though.

Comment by Ryan Gray on January 26, 2013 at 8:22am

Terry and I can whip one right up for ya!

Comment by Tim Twiss on January 26, 2013 at 9:11am

Okay......video craziness. Just for contrast, I did 2 versions. One with the banjo tuned to D and one to E. Also, one in E is also the video of the recording, just for comparing camcorder sound to a decent microphone.

Comment by Tim Twiss on January 26, 2013 at 2:07pm


I've never questioned it that much. It is good to contemplate it...and explore. I have no opinion or conclusion yet. I do know that until I hear yhe D banjo, E seems plenty low. It is all relative. I enjoy the increaed tension. It helps everything....except the songs that are good in G / D.

Comment by Strumelia on January 26, 2013 at 9:42pm


Comment by Tim Twiss on January 27, 2013 at 1:37pm


I'm going to let this recording rest for a while. It needs to be approached fresh and sharp. I need to back off a bit and think of some other things. Re-tooling the repertoire for the summer....thinking of a strong roatation of tunes. The pure joy of just playing it surpasses all. This music sort of comes out different all the time. It "seasons" as we grow. The vocal tunes are the ones to concentrate on. I'll be thinking of some of the very early and not often played songs. Also, I am at Youtube 999. I have been wondering what to do for # 1000. I decided on something very simple....I'll go back and redo my first one. "Sandy Boy"....it will be a good comparison. I know (hope) that things have changed and grown....

Comment by Strumelia on January 27, 2013 at 4:51pm

Tim I can't think of a better tune for your 1000th video than Sandy Boy. 

(wow...1000 ???!!!)


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