Classical Time – for the Banjo-ista

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 […]

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Banjo

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 […]

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Early Banjo

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.

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The Unlikely Banjoist

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 […]

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Banjo redo

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 […]

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So Sam Sai

Or, everybody loves a banjo: Made from a halved coconut and ivory.  Pretty sweet.  Click the image for the reference.

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