Hi John, Thank you for hosting such a great site. I have a question. do you know the length between nut and bridge on the Boucher doubleogee banjo. And is there anyone selling plans or has accurate information to help me build one.? JT Watts
Thanks. I am glad to see our little hobby is growing. I've been playing minstrel banjo since 1998 and have a circa 1855 banjo and I just picked up a circa 1875 home made fretless neck which I am going to rebuild into a playable instrument.
Thanks. I've only been playing clawhammer for a little under two years and thought I'd try the minstrel style as well. This should be a challenge learning how to tune and play it. (And how NOT to tune it.) Look forward to learning from this forum.
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.
I've been lurking around the Minstrel Banjo site for a couple of months now and finally couldn't resist signing on. First of all, I've played oldtime banjo (as well as guitar and mandolin) since the 60s, and am thrilled to see that folks are finally focusing on the earliest history of the banjo. Second, I've been doing research on the 19th century popular theatre for a number of years, focusing especially on groups of Japanese popular entertainers (acrobats, musicians, magicians, etc.) who traveled around the US and Europe beginning in 1866-67. The first group was represented by S.F. theatre impresario Tom Maguire and one "Professor Risley," both of whom had direct ties to the minstrel stage. As my research has broadened, I've found it impossible not to look more closely at the history of minstrelsy--a happy turn of events given my love for the banjo, especially in its earliest incarnations. I have a fairly large collection of early broadsides, photos, sheet music, and the like, some of which I may scan and post before long. Anyway, I'm happy to be part of this group. Hope I can contribute something. Bob