Monday Morning Music

Ballad in Eb for Banjo – Parke Hunter, 1876-1912 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 with […]

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Monday Morning Music

A little cowboy movie music isn’t a bad thing.  Hollywood has produced some good music with the vast resources it has at its disposal.  Here is a link to My Rifle, My Pony, and Me / June Apple from the film Rio Bravo (the hot links will take you to lyrics). If you know the […]

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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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The Musician – 1887

By Léon François Comerre, French Academic School.  I think this familiar looking instrument comes from Africa via the Arabic world and is generally called a tanbūr. A sort of distant uncle to the modern banjo, America’s African instrument. The only thing missing is the drone string.

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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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