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Learning about Minstrel/Clawhammer Style and some Banjo Practice

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

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. 

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.



Publication date 1855
Topics Banjo
Digitizing sponsor Boston Public Library
Language English


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Full catalog record MARCXML

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