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The Early Minstrel BanjoItem #: HL.00000325
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Written by Joe Weidlich.
Technique and Repertoire. Banjo instruction/music. Contains tablature. With Softcover. 9x12 inches. 266 pages. Published by Centerstream Publications. (HL.00000325)
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Featuring more than 65 classic songs, this interesting book teaches how to play the minstrel banjo like players who were part of various popular troupes in 1865. The book includes: a short history of the banjo in the US in the antebellum period, including the origins of the minstrel show; info on the construction of minstrel banjos, evolution of the lower-pitched minstrel banjo tunings, and idiomatic techniques peculiar to the minstrel banjo; chapters on each of the seven major banjo methods published through the end of the Civil War; songs from each method in banjo tablature, many available first time; info on how to arrange songs for the minstrel banjo; a reference list of contemporary gut and nylon string gauges approximating historical banjo string tensions in common usage during the antebellum period (for those Civil War re-enactors who wish to achieve that old-time minstrel banjo sound); and an extensive cross-reference list of minstrel banjo song titles found in the major antebellum banjo methods.