Painting by American Realist Thomas Eakins 1844-1916.
As if I didn't have enough irons in the fire... I decided to make (and learn) a new instrument this summer; a three-string cigar box guitar. It took a few weekends to get it right; figure out the design, apply a finish, and re-work a few details in the setup before I was pleased with … Continue reading Distracted and Sidetracked More Than Usual
"What are ears? What is Time? that this particular series of sounds called a strain of music, … can be wafted down through the centuries from Homer to me, and he have been conversant with that same aerial and mysterious charm which now so tingles my ears? What a fine communication from age to age, … Continue reading Woody, Pete, and Some Hand-Made Music
As an undaunted woodworker I have made most of my musical instruments over the years. I could never justify purchasing a high-end, high-quality instrument but I could make a reasonable proxy. My interest has been rekindled in the last couple years, making my third banjo for myself and reviving one of the mountain dulcimers as … Continue reading Home Grown Music
The heart and soul of a people, no matter where you are.
For the love of home-made music. Click the link below the image for the story. The CBG Procrastination: A Tale in Open G.
A simple, short tune that in the hands of master craftsmen becomes truly great. And it's a real American Classic. I guess the South isn't all bad. https://youtu.be/iV4POl_Jrw8
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