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thereallyniceman replied to John Cohen's discussion Different string gauges
"You will spend all this time attempting to get the banjo "LOUD" and then stuff rags in it to mute it when you are practising.  One thing to remember:  LOUD doesn't necessarily mean GOOD, just as FAST doesn't necessarily…"
1 hour ago
Joel Hooks replied to John Cohen's discussion Different string gauges
"Goodness, my phone typing looks like gibberish. Wire string bridges are tone killers.  As Ian told me when he was posting Van Eps recordings... have patience."
3 hours ago
John Cohen replied to John Cohen's discussion Different string gauges
"Ian- one is a Tubaphone with a 16'' scale length, the other is a Gatcomb Standard with a 17'' scale length."
4 hours ago
Trapdoor2 replied to John Cohen's discussion Different string gauges
"Yah, I forgot to ask about that, assumed he was talking about a banjeaurine or perhaps a piccolo banjo...or he just missed a digit and was talking 26" or 27" regular banjos."
4 hours ago
thereallyniceman replied to John Cohen's discussion Different string gauges
"Banjos with 16" and 17" scale lengths??"
4 hours ago
Trapdoor2 replied to John Cohen's discussion Different string gauges
"Well, you're doing the right thing by trying different string sets. Ultimately that choice will be yours and yours alone. As Joel says, you need to give yourself time to adjust. I often find that new strings sound "off" or…"
4 hours ago
Joel Hooks replied to John Cohen's discussion Different string gauges
"John, I'll make your bridges this weekend (work is keeping me from the shop-- also I live in a house now that needs constant repairs). The " too loose" complaint comes up a lot. To that I suggest just practicing. One will not pick up…"
9 hours ago
David Wade replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Zither-Banjo Rarity
"I does indeed, in fact the owner has just contacted me "off list". It looks to be a very nice Camm. Patent, so predates the Vibrante."
10 hours ago
John Cohen posted a discussion

Different string gauges

This is a topic that's been covered here in the past, and I've used the search function to read all about it.  That said, I'm having some trouble finding the right strings.  Here are my experiences so far (keep in mind I'm using an ebony topped…See More
15 hours ago
Mike Moss replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Don’t try this at home !!
"Hi Chris, thank you for this amazing contribution. It's always exciting when something that had been thought to be lost turns up. Farland's arrangements of these two pieces definitely sound a bit wonky, but he seems to have excelled more…"
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Who said that there was no money to be made in banjo playing?

There is always work for a Classic Banjoist, even a rubbish one like me.:-)See More
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skip sail replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Buy only a WEAVER
"nyuk nyuk nyuk you wacky guys crack me up...:)"
Wednesday
John Cohen replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Help for a beginner please !
"Hello Ian, Thank you so much for the advice- I'll get right to work on those exercises and make sure they are automatic before I return to the Sunflower Dance. The banjo in my profile picture is a minstrel banjo circa 1850.  It's got…"
Tuesday
thereallyniceman replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Help for a beginner please !
"Hi John, Confusion, Confusion ;-)   There is always confusion regarding “Alternate Fingering” in Classic Banjo!   Firstly “Alternate” means: first one and then another. But as we pick with three fingers it means try…"
Tuesday
Trapdoor2 replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Help for a beginner please !
"I use the "strong beat-weak beat" rule when working out my alternating fingering....but like Steve says, nothing is cast in concrete and old habits can make you comfortable doing some otherwise strange things. I come from Bluegrass and I…"
Tuesday
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Help for a beginner please !
"I think I may detect a misunderstanding. Forgive me if I'm wrong. "Fingering" indications in banjo notation are for the left hand, not for the right. The numbers 1 through 4 are for the four left hand digits. The right hand is…"
Tuesday
Steve Harrison replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Help for a beginner please !
" Hi John, You need to turn the problem around. It's not so much the finger that you lead with that matters but the one with which you finish, otherwise you may end up having to play two notes in succession with the same finger. If you…"
Tuesday
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Who is Clarence F.Brown?
"Yah, I gave the MIDI a listen last night...pretty cool rag with a bit of a unique ending. Looking forward to your arrangement!"
Tuesday
John Cohen replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Help for a beginner please !
"Thanks Steve, that's really helpful advice- the suggested fingering wasn't making much sense for me. I still need to relearn it to an extent since I was playing it with a fair number of pull-offs and double thumbing (habits from playing…"
Tuesday
Steve Harrison replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Help for a beginner please !
"Hi John. I wouldn't get too hidebound over the way you pick a tune. I never look at the suggested fingering on any tune I play, I always work out my own system which often differs....Steve.  "
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