Hey guys, I'm "crossing over" here to share one in conjunction with the new Converse 1871 book. Here is a twisty melody played on your clunky cousin, the fretless minstrel banjo. I'll dress up more for the fingerstyle tunes.

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Comment by Jody Stecher on July 23, 2012 at 18:15

thanks, Mike. so it is.

Comment by Tim Twiss on July 23, 2012 at 21:12

I'm sorry. Did not mean to stir up any difficulty. The book was mentioned, so I thought it may have relevance. I find the stuff on the edge to be interesting. I could have played it fingerstyle, but I don't see how it would have changed anything. The point of the book IS the 2 styles. You may delete this video if you choose. I'll run it by Joel next time.

Comment by thereallyniceman on July 23, 2012 at 21:27

Hey Tim,

Check my first post!  We love your stuff! I only wanted to hear what the "old clunky stuff" would sound like on a new, brighter, fretted modern banjo.

There is no way I would delete your post!!  Don't run it by Joel.. run it by me!!  I may come over to haunt "Minstrel" again one day, so I need all the friends I can get :-)

The only point, as far as I am concerned, is  "Is it Classic Style?" ..... Well, not really, but I am pleased to call it "Early Classic Style" !

Comment by Joel Hooks on July 24, 2012 at 12:41
I looked at my comment and I don't see where I wrote that I was the keeper of video posts. I do see where I commented about your banjo. I also see where I asked about stroke style.

The minstrel site tends to get people who play folk styles and identify by type(ish) of banjo rather than style of music. There is also the fact that "minstrel banjo" covers a lot of ground and not just stroke and guitar style. Though, it does tend to get cluttered.

AFA classic banjo goes, I feel that finger style 1880s+ is appropriate. There is also the late "thimble style" stuff (marches &c) that I feel is worth exploring.
Comment by Joel Hooks on July 24, 2012 at 12:46
So how can we see this Mackney's Sixpenny Tutor?

I'd bet there are several of us that would like to find out and see what FBC played. Do find out if you can.
Comment by Trapdoor2 on July 24, 2012 at 13:43

I have a Mackney's tutor somewhere in the stacks...got it out of Oz a few years ago. No idea where it is though. There were several "copycat" tutors out there which were little more than a new set of covers over the Briggs book. I have a few of them.

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