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Songs for a beginner?
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I am looking for some easy tunes to play while trying to learn... I downloaded "The Banjo and how to play it" but they seem to go straight from learning scales to some of the most complicated music I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by carrie horgan Nov 9.

What strings?
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Howdy. New member here..       I have been messing around with Clawhammer and some Irish tenor...   Now it is time to get serious... :)     I recently purchased an couple of old Zither banjos, and…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by marc dalmasso Oct 1, 2017.

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carrie horgan replied to Eric Crum's discussion Songs for a beginner?
"There is a nice version in the Bradbury MelBay book too."
Nov 9
Eric Crum replied to Eric Crum's discussion Songs for a beginner?
"Never mind... I found it... :)"
Nov 9
Eric Crum replied to Eric Crum's discussion Songs for a beginner?
"Haven't been back here for a while... :)   Can you point me to where I can find "Spanish Fandango" and "On the Mill Dam Gallop" ?   My housemates are starting to get tired of hearing Sunflower dance... :)"
Nov 9
German David Patarroyo replied to Eric Crum's discussion Songs for a beginner?
"Agreed with Joel, Spanish Fandango is really catchy and also a good exercise. I would suggest some tunes of the Agnew´s tutorial (for instance, Reckless Rufus, Electric Dance...) and the Bradbury´s book is also great!"
Apr 20
Joel Hooks replied to Eric Crum's discussion Songs for a beginner?
"For quick satisfaction and a very musical piece try the "Spanish Fandango." Follow that up with a similar piece, easy and exciting "On The Mill Dam Gallop" by A. Babb. Check out the" Banjo Players Favorite" by…"
Apr 17
Eric Crum replied to Eric Crum's discussion Songs for a beginner?
"I have looked over most of your videos... Thanks for them... :)   I actually like the Grimshaw books. I just wish there were more practice songs before going on to the next step....  The book seems to be written for someone that is…"
Apr 14
thereallyniceman replied to Eric Crum's discussion Songs for a beginner?
"You downloaded a good tutor. Grimshaw's "The Banjo and How to Play it" is the one that I was taught from. BUT you don't need to do all the scales etc before you can have a try at a tune! I suggest that you read and practice pages…"
Apr 14
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Songs for a beginner?

I am looking for some easy tunes to play while trying to learn... I downloaded "The Banjo and how to play it" but they seem to go straight from learning scales to some of the most complicated music I have seen...  Hoping there might be something a little less daunting to pluck around with...  Any suggestions?    Maybe something "Mel Bay" ish... :)See More
Apr 13
Eric Crum replied to Anthony Derycke's discussion tightening keys for an old Alfred Weaver?
"Have you looked at drum tension wrenches? They are usually square... Also, piano tuning wrenches..."
Apr 13
Eric Crum replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion Windsor Pioneer Zither Banjo
"I believe it to be one of their early models. Probably the bottom of their mid-range banjos. The cheaper ones usually had a bolt on neck, and the higher up models had more fancy inlay and nicer hardware......  I am waiting for my 5th Windsor to…"
Apr 13
marc dalmasso replied to Eric Crum's discussion What strings?
"Strange ; there are stranges parts sometimes in  a banjo  ; like this capo , which a a double function , capo and remove the varnish from the neck when you gonna slide it"
Oct 1, 2017
Steve Harrison replied to Eric Crum's discussion What strings?
"Hi Eric, I'm not familiar with Windsor zither banjos but I do own a Windsor popular No.1 and a couple of Popular number threes (all three are open back).  I've tried a variety of strings and have found that Nylgut medium gauge with a…"
Oct 1, 2017
Jody Stecher replied to Eric Crum's discussion What strings?
"Whoa!  So those cylindrical feet were intended for round holes?!?   David Wade... what's your opinion? I've never seen a Windsor with a two part bridge and the bridges in the zither-banjo catalogs show a one piece bridge. Eric,…"
Oct 1, 2017
Eric Crum replied to Eric Crum's discussion What strings?
"The bridge on the Windsor is labled "The New Windsor" and has two cylindrical feet. Those feet sit in two holes in the base.   It is also the second one I have had come to me on a Windsor from the same time period.The inside of…"
Oct 1, 2017
Jody Stecher replied to Eric Crum's discussion What strings?
"And actually sometimes a 3 footed ebony top banjo bridge works better on a zb than the 2 footed classic banjo type of bridge.  I also use a non-slip pad between my leg and the banjo. "
Sep 30, 2017
Trapdoor2 replied to Eric Crum's discussion What strings?
"And...just as an alternative POV, I could not stand a 'true' ZB set of strings on my ZB (Windsor #1). I gave it a shot...but they took too much work (careful right-hand) to not sound terrible. I prefer a standard set of nylon/nylgut…"
Sep 30, 2017

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