Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

This tune was an important part of early American music...c. 1830's. It's content and construction were an influence upon Minstrel tunes to come, with its floating verses, animal imagery, and references to river life.

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Comment by Ian Bell on December 17, 2011 at 8:09am

Good song, and what a fine performance! I really like the way the banjo steps in and out of the spotlight - not to mention the "soft shoe" percussion on the skin.

Comment by Bell Banjos on December 17, 2011 at 8:54am

Ah ha !!!  The banjo IS a percussive instrument!! The song's great.

Comment by John Masciale on December 17, 2011 at 10:49am

Very different from my version.  I'll record as soon as my voice comes back.  This is one nasty cold.

Comment by Tim Twiss on December 17, 2011 at 11:28am

I'll look forward to your version John. I am glad it is different...these are good opportunities for creative yet appropriate ways of thinking about this material. Immersion therapy for tunes. 

Comment by Strumelia on December 18, 2011 at 10:20pm

This is terrific.   :)

Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on December 28, 2011 at 6:06pm

I like the feel, The cadence has a a historical and accurate feel to it. If that makes any sense. Well done!

Comment by Tim Twiss on December 28, 2011 at 6:11pm

Thank you. There are often fermatas written into the music (such was the case here) and it does give one cause to experiment with the phrasing...making the chorus a jolly driving melody. Perhaps the verse with it's phrasing lent itself to theatrical expression in the early minstrel show.

Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on December 28, 2011 at 6:19pm

Most definitely a strong interpretation. I liked it.

Comment by CURTIS PAYNE on January 23, 2014 at 11:28am

Tim I am new and just checking out videos, I like this one.  What tuning are you in and what are the cords you are using.  I am waiting for my first period banjo and would like to learn this .  thanks for sharing.

Comment by Tim Twiss on January 23, 2014 at 1:19pm

Tuned "Briggs"...dGDF#A       Chords are G and D

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