Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

OK, this is way off topic, but this was a VERY popular instrument on the East Coast, USA, during the early 19th-century. Sometimes called the English Guitar, its first publication comes from Edinburgh in 1758, and is full of traditional tunes, including these three. It was the sound of plucked strings while the banjo was embedding itself in America. Just thought you might like to hear it. It eventually died out when the so-called Spanish guitar arrived on the scene. It is tuned CEGceg (bass to treble), although I have it tuned a tone lower. My instrument dates from 1760, and has a 'watch-key' tuning mechanism.

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Comment by Rob MacKillop on August 25, 2009 at 1:31pm
The photograph is my own, but taken by my friend who is a photogrpher. I used it on BHO for a while, so maybe you saw it there...
Comment by Trapdoor2 on August 25, 2009 at 1:33pm
That's probably it. Thanks, I was going to strain something trying to remember...
Comment by halisha thomas howell on October 19, 2009 at 8:28pm
an absolute beautiful specimen,and fine manipulation.....brings to mind images of tall ships in the harbor
Comment by Rob MacKillop on October 20, 2009 at 2:03am
>>>an absolute beautiful specimen<

Thanks, but what about the instrument?!

Comment by Rob MacKillop on October 21, 2009 at 1:26am
Wire-strings only, tuned CEGceg - although I probably have it tuned lower.
Comment by Charles Edward Lee on October 8, 2014 at 2:36pm

Many thanks, sir - greatly enjoyed the information, your playing, and the music in general! Thanks to you (and others who wrote on the subject), I will go to bed this evening, a little less ignorant than when I awoke.


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