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Early Banjo Complete USB Flash Drive
Early Banjo Complete USB Flash Drive
Largest compendium of early instrumental banjo tunes ever compiled. Over 10 hours of audio plus the original source books—all on a handy Flash drive.


 
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Largest compendium of early banjo tunes compiled in one place—
  • YES, this is the Tim Twiss tune collection the minstrel banjo community is talking about.
  • You get 496 live recorded banjo tunes—plus 9 (pdf) instructional tutorial books.
  • That's more than 10 hours of banjo source music—plus the original source materials.
  • All on a handy USB thumb drive!

Only $24.99 USB Flash Drive

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Early Banjo Complete (USB Flash Drive)
Ten Hours of Banjo Source Music—Plus the Original Tutor Books
YES, this is the Tim Twiss banjo tune collection everyone is talking about.

If you want to play early banjo music on the minstrel banjo, then this is the mother lode of early banjo source material. There simply is no better resource that helps you gain a deeper understanding of early banjo in the authentic style.

Now, for the first time ever, you can hear how every early instrumental banjo tune is played—and see the original source material that goes with it. This massive work represents the largest compendium of early instrumental banjo tunes ever compiled.

So listen to the tunes, study the comprehensive source material...play early banjo music.

tim twiss boucher Early Banjo Complete Grab Your Banjo and Play Early Minstrel Style with Tim Twiss!
Produced by Tim Twiss, a legendary figure in the early banjo community, each tune is played on a low tuned, skin head, fretless reproduction Boucher banjo (pictured right).

No other educational resource lets you hear every tune from the early minstrel banjo repertoire conscientiously performed from original source material, played solo, unadorned—and true to the score.

"My goal was to create faithful musical renditions of the written work and to reproduce it on an instrument that is representative of the banjo at that time," explains Tim. "I strove to perform it in such a way that it may become a baseline for interpretation by not interjecting excessive creative renderings, i.e. adding percussion or other instruments, and refraining from improvised interpretation."

So if you want to play early banjo music on the minstrel banjo, then this wellspring of early banjo source material will help you gain and develop that ability.

More than 10 Hours of Banjo Source Music—Plus the Original Tutor Books.
tutor books Early Banjo Complete This is the largest compendium of early banjo tunes compiled in one place. The collection includes all the banjo instrumentals from the principal tutorial books published between 1855 and 1872 including the banjo section of the Converse Analytical Banjo Method of 1887. You can't get a better handle on early instrumental banjo music. Listen to the tunes played the way each tutor book intended them to be played. Examine the original tutors. They're all here—on a single thumb-drive.


Listen to the Tunes
The music is played live and solo by Tim Twiss. He plays each tune true and faithfully to the original instructional tutorial books on an 1850s fretless Boucher reproduction minstrel-style banjo. Each tune is rendered in a plain and unadorned fashion. Unlike concert recordings that feature a performer's unique and personal style, no external influences, percussive accompaniment, or embellishment will distract you from the intent of the original musical notation. Tim even refrains from imposing even his own personal improvised interpretation. So if you want to hear and learn from nothing but the raw true sound of each tune with no "artsy" interference, then order this marvelous anthology of early banjo tunes today.

Examine the Original Source Materials
In addition to the live recorded MP3 files, you also get nine original banjo tutor books—matched by the music. These are pdf files of the original music you can view on your computer or print for easy reference.

Take a look at all the tunes you get:
View Early Banjo Complete Song List (pdf)

antietam early banjo jam tim twiss Perfect for Civil War Re-enactors, Early Banjo Researchers, and Living History Musicians
If you attend Civil War events or appreciate historically authentic early banjo music, then you must own Early Banjo Complete. Pictured right is a late-night jam held in the historic Pry House Field Hospital Museum at the 2015 Antietam Early Banjo Gathering. That's Tim in the white shirt on the left, and yours truly in the green t-shirt way in the back rattlin' the bones.


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Early Banjo Flash Drive Collection
Authorized Distributor: Bone Dry Music




Look what's on the Flash Drive:
  1. About This Work (1 pdf file)
  2. Audio Examples (9 mp3 files. 496 tunes)
    • Briggs' 1855 (56 tunes)
    • Buckley 1860 (117 tunes)
    • Buckley 1868 (93 tunes)
    • Converse 1872 (31 tunes)
    • Converse Analytical 1887 (33 tunes)
    • Green Converse 1865 (77 tunes)
    • Rice 1855 (35 tunes)
    • Winner's 1864 (27 tunes)
    • Yellow Converse 1865 (27 tunes)
  3. The Early Banjo Tutors (9 PDF files. 9 instructional tutor books)
Musician
Tim Twiss, 1850s fretless Boucher reproduction minstrel-style banjo

Features
  • Ten hours of banjo source music - PLUS the original source books.
  • You get 496 (mp3) banjo tunes - PLUS 9 (pdf) instructional tutorial books.
  • Largest compendium of early banjo tunes compiled in one place.
  • All on a handy USB thumb-drive.
  • Performed live & solo by the legendary Tim Twiss, played true to the score.
  • Every banjo instrumental from principal tutorial books published between 1855 and 1872.
  • Includes banjo section from Converse Analytical Banjo Method of 1887.
  • Includes PDF scans from actual early banjo tutor method books.
  • Extremely Rare Banjo Resource: Hard-to-find product you won't see at your local music shop.

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