Ballad in Eb for Banjo - Parke Hunter, 1876-1912 https://youtu.be/8w2yPvmmpzU A truly unique and beautiful piece by an nearly forgotten American master. Mel Bay Publishing has helped to keep some of these old tunes alive and in circulation. This one comes from THE MEL BAY BANJO METHOD (5 STRING): Volume 1. The book I started … Continue reading Monday Morning Music
I should say it's Classic Banjo Time. The modern banjo has ancient roots and shares much with it's African antecedents. Its connection to the lute family along with the whole array of drum-headed cousins crossed many lost cultural boundaries in ancient times. This makes it the perfect candidate for bridging musical genres and styles, from … Continue reading Classical Time – for the Banjo-ista
This post was prompted by a few photos I recently took to document some of my projects. I fully disassembled , repaired some problems, refinished, and did a full set-up on my Banjo. Not surprisingly, it was a bigger job than I hoped for but really paid off in the end. When I built this … Continue reading Banjo
To start the week off right, Clifton Hicks - Hills of Mexico https://youtu.be/h7AB415L4Y4
A little historical banjo for a musical Monday. Nothing comes from nothing. The banjo is truly American with roots in Africa, the mother of us all.
A post I've been hanging onto; a bit off-topic, personal, and possibly without any point. I am an unlikely banjoist. I got a very cheap banjo when I was 14 years old but didn't find a teacher. I took a couple lessons from uninspired twenty-somethings but didn't get much from them. Fortunately, this didn't stop … Continue reading The Unlikely Banjoist
Last winter I had an important epiphany about myself as a musician. I am under nor delusion that I will ever be more than a closet or campfire player. For me, for now, that's going to have to be good enough. Although I love the fiddle more than any other instrument, I went back to … Continue reading Banjo redo
Home sweet home.
Or, everybody loves a banjo: Made from a halved coconut and ivory. Pretty sweet. Click the image for the reference.