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How to Make a Banjo–Online Course

(10% Discount Code: TIKIPARLOUR)

 

Banjo-maker Noel Folstad has created an in-depth online video course that covers every step you’ll need to make a professional open-back banjo. The Tiki Parlour strongly believes in supporting traditional artists and promoting education in the folk arts. We are offering a 10% Discount Code “TIKIPARLOUR” for those interested in trying Noel’s online video course.

Click HERE for more info.

“By the end of this course you will have all the knowledge, tools, and tricks to successfully make your own banjo for just a small price.
The course will consist of 40+ in-depth video tutorials showing every aspect of my building process. The content will be available to you at any time, indefinitely, so you can go at your own pace.
Included with your tuition, I provide complete support via a Facebook closed group for a 12 week period. Many of the students love this hands on interaction, and it’s fun to see everyone’s progress through pictures posted.” –Noel Folstad

 

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Reviews from students:

“I highly recommend this course. Noel Folstad has been very fast to respond to any questions, and everyone elses questions and answers are shared on the site as well. It was perfect for me , already having built several primitive banjos, but wanting to build a more professional piece that anyone would be proud to own, or play. His course is also great for the complete beginner as well, and , the price is almost unbelievable!! Check him out!!” R. McLain”The info presented by Noel is easy to follow, and invaluable. I’ve already saved a good amount of money by not making mistakes I’m sure I would approaching this process on my own.” J. Wardle”A great how-to course offering everything you need to know” —J. Glover

“Well I am not as far along as others, but in the videos so far Noel is very through. He is responsive to posts and questions! He offers his advice and is very helpful in decision making. I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to build their own or make it a living for themselves. Keep up the great work Noel!” —D. Brinkel

“I have built some necks for existing pots in the past with mixed results.
Noel is doing a great job of explaining and demonstrating the steps in building a banjo.
I’m looking forward to learning and sharing ideas through the completion of my first complete build.” —K. Deuel

Tiki Parlour in Europe!

Double Fiddle Workshop in Helmond, Netherlands

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Banjo Workshop with David Bragger

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Sausage Grinder with FOAOTMAD

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Ben Paley

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The Moose Whisperers

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Colm Daly

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The Firecrackers

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Debra Clifford, Becca Wintle and Betty Vornbrock

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Sausage Grinder’s Pat MacSwyney with UK Jammers

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Square Dance in Berlin with Hans the Caller

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Bragger & Platz with Ben Smith

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Currywurst

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Susan Platz

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Amsterdam

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Dutch Old-Time Musician Paul van Stiphout

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Double Fiddle Workshop in Helmond, Netherlands

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Banjo Workshop in Helmond, Netherlands

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Métis Fiddler Jamie Fox visits the Tiki Parlour

Here’s a video that showcases a remarkable musician and a powerful strand of old-time music that many Americans know little about. Master Métis fiddler Jamie Fox spent a week at the Parlour filming, teaching and performing. This also marks the beginning of a new project for Tiki Parlour Recordings that will come together over the course of the next year. Enjoy the video and pictures!

 

Rafe Stefanini & David Bragger “Holy Smoke! – Fiddle & Banjo Duets” CD


 

The 14th Tiki Parlour release “Holy Smoke!” marks the first collaboration of Rafe Stefanini & David Bragger. 

PURCHASE HERE 

Rafe Stefanini’s blistering old-time fiddling and David Bragger’s burly banjo playing make this one of the most anticipated duet recordings of the year. Recorded at the Old-Time Tiki Parlour, this CD features 17 tracks of mesmerizing fiddle/banjo duets sourced from early traditional masters such as Y.Z. Hamilton, Clyde Davenport, Cush Holston, Esker Hutchins, French Carpenter, Wade Ward, Delbert Hughes, Narmour & Smith, Fred Cockerham, John Salyer and more!

This album showcases the mastery and prowess of one of old-time’s finest fiddling super powers. It is also the first album that features old-time musician David Bragger exclusively on clawhammer, 2-finger and 3-finger banjo.

The CD contains a 16-page booklet showcasing dense historical background for every tune, instrument tunings, artwork and photographs. The artwork is by Tiki Parlour veteran artist Angelina Elise and the graphic design is by famed folk artist and Texas fiddler Howard Rains.  (This CD will ship at the beginning of December 2018!)

“Holy Smoke” is a quirky and satisfying collection of uncommon tunes played with an infectious oldtime groove impossible to ignore. Rafe Stefanini is as commanding and skillful a country fiddler as has ever drawn a bow. He is accompanied by the ever-energetic and appropriate David Bragger with his intuitive mix of melody and rhythm. This is unapologetic music straight to the point played just like you want to hear it played. Enjoy. — Mike Compton

This is a wonderful selection of rare tunes expertly played. Even the few you may think you’ve heard, well — you haven’t heard ‘em the way Rafe and David play them. Rafe delivers tune after uniquely crafted tune, all worthy of his reputation as one of the great fiddlers of his generation, and David’s masterful backup on banjo suits each to a “T.” — Brad Leftwich

“This is no ordinary collection of old-time tunes. Indeed this is something rather special…” — Old Time News (UK)

This CD is a KILLER-DILLER. One of the best banjo-fiddle duet records I’ve heard. Fantastic combination of drive and wit with super-duper precise musicianship. Plus very hip and unusual tunes. — Tom Piazza