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Matthew Menice
  • Plymouth, MA
  • United States
  • Four years
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To what tune could this be sung?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Al Smitley May 14. 7 Replies

This is an excellently written song from the 1864 Southern Soldier’s Prize…Continue

How does one keep their instrument in shape during the humid months?!?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Berghan Jul 26, 2018. 17 Replies

I played afore an audience 'tother arternoon.De sun war so hot de banjo could not stay in tune.I tried to sing ob Uncle Ned and den Old Joe,but de strings kept kickin' up a'hind and a'foeWhen it's…Continue

Where to get a jawbone?

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Masciale Jul 2, 2018. 2 Replies

If I have to shell out $85 for animal remains, I will, but are there any places to get them cheap?Continue

A Question

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Bostock Jun 26, 2018. 11 Replies

Since I have joined this community, I have been curious as to what drawn all of you swell folks to this uniquely American genre of music. What made you want to start in the first place? What was the…Continue

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John Brown’s Dance

"@Al Smitely, I’m not sure when the song was written, or in what side it was used. I’ve heard lyrics exclaiming happiness over his hanging, and various instrumental renditions."
May 16
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John Brown’s Dance

"Do you have a source for this?"
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John Brown’s Dance

So, our president just announced that he’d use military force to inject us all with federal tracking mumbo jumbo. Awfully inconsiderate, as he could have wai...
May 15
Al Smitley replied to Matthew Menice's discussion To what tune could this be sung?
"Seems like you're looking for a 20-measure song."
May 14
Al Smitley replied to Matthew Menice's discussion To what tune could this be sung?
"Seems like one or two other period melodies work but only if the last line was reduced to "Yankee-doodle-doo!" Old Uncle Ned works if you repreat the refrain as I think was traditional."
May 14
Matthew Menice replied to Matthew Menice's discussion To what tune could this be sung?
"I was at work this afternoon, counting people coming out the door at my local hardware. It was dull work. Fixated on finding a tune, I think I was looking at Howe’s Ethiopian Glee Book when I realized “Walk Into De Parlor” would…"
May 14
Al Smitley replied to Matthew Menice's discussion To what tune could this be sung?
"I think you could make "Ben Bolt" work.  "Sniffling" and "Whiffling" both need to be sung nearly as one syllable, each.  I have a feeling that would be the case with others melodies that might fit. …"
May 14
Al Smitley replied to Matthew Menice's discussion To what tune could this be sung?
"Sorry I haven't come up with anything, yet.  It IS an odd number of lines but the syllables in the last line causes additional problems. "
May 14
Matthew Menice replied to Matthew Menice's discussion To what tune could this be sung?
"I had initially tried "Hoop de dooden do", and then "Yankee Doodle", and then "Folks that put on Airs", but the darned chorus wrecks it! If I absolutely must, I'll alter it. These songsters are so wonderful, but…"
May 13
Al Smitley replied to Matthew Menice's discussion To what tune could this be sung?
"I know what you mean.  Seems like I've had the same dilemma in the past.   When I have some time, I'll work on it and see if I have anything."
May 13
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To what tune could this be sung?

This is an excellently written song from the 1864 Southern Soldier’s Prize Songster, and I believe it bears repeating. There’s even a whole verse dedicated to verbally destroying people from my home town! Trouble is, while the verses themselves could apply to many different tunes, the odd chorus takes most of them off the table. Any thoughts?See More
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An Update

It’s been a long time. I’ve not quit the hobby, I’m fact I’m more determined than ever. The world has simply become too hostile and barbaric a place towards this form of entertainment, and being blackballed from every industry isn’t necessarily the…
Nov 8, 2019

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
I've been interested in Ethiopian Delineation for many years. I was bound to stumble upon it at one point.
How long have you played banjo?
Four years
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Bell Boucher, Bacon Irish Tenor, Thompson Odell Artist Banjo

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At 2:18pm on June 11, 2018, Paul Draper said…

Welcome aboard, Matthew. Good to see you here. 

At 7:26pm on June 14, 2018, Strumelia said…

haha... it's at HERE

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