Friday, September 1, 2017 @6:22:40 PM
I carried around my banjo all yesterday on the train up to Brisbane and back to the Gold Coast. It was a learning experience. I did stop a few times and do a few rolls whilst I was waiting around. I also forgot my other bag on the train, but luckily I got it all back, quite easily. My banjo is a bit heavy, obviously I will have to work out a bit more. I thought the trains wouldn't be so full because it was a public holiday but the trains were really full. I thought there would be more time to practice.
I have been practicing the three rolls, one strum, "Good Night Ladies", The A piece of one piece I am learning, but I don't know the name of, and the two bars that I practised yesterday morning. I did a little practice last night, but not much. I need to just hold on to my banjo whilst I am watching TV or waiting for other people.
Minstrel Banjo - A window to the slave origins of clawhammer banjo, with Bob Winans https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKKepBomZOc
I am confused though I thought there was a difference between clawhammer and ministrel playing. I didn't realise that some people see clawhammer and frailing as the same thing - and the title of his talk is Ministrel which makes it all the more confusing!
I found one of the early instruction manuals that Bob Winans referred to and downloaded it. https://archive.org/details/briggsbanjoinstr00brig
Below are the details for anyone to look up, in case the above link doesn't work one day.
Briggs' banjo instructor [music] : containing the elementary principles of music, together with examples and lessons, ... to which is added a choice collection of pieces, numbering over fifty popular dances, polkas, melodies, &c. &c., many of which have never before been published. Composed and arranged expressly for this work.
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