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.
Are yo fron N'awnz? I ask because I lived down there (1513 Polymania st uptown from Lee Circle) from 77-81.
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 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.
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.
Ah, yeah. Right on. I have a little bit of family from around Baton Rouge. I'm really glad I've found this website. I don't know anyone from where I live who is really interested in banjos or even old time music. I'm just now trying to refurbish an old Concertone 5-string, which I don't know much about. I think it's from the 1930s. I've never fully refurbished an instrument, though I do work on them at the music store I work. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.