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Gear question(s)
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I recently switched my standard 5-string over to nylon strings, and I LOVE it - I'll never go back! Of course now I'm running into some issues and have finally decided I need to bring it to y'all for…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jocko MacNelly Mar 30, 2016.

Right hand technique
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Y’all, what’s the general consensus on anchoring the right pinkie? It's hard to tell from pictures one way or the other what the early guys did.As a classical guitarist, I’d have never dreamed of…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shawn McSweeny Jun 7, 2015.

scales for banjo?
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Hi all, does anyone know about "The Segovia Scales?" They're a set of major and minor scales for guitar, in all keys, that go uuuuup and dowwwwwn the neck (at least two octaves in length), sometimes…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jocko MacNelly Apr 4, 2015.

uploading sheet music
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Hi all,I uploaded a new arrangement as a "photo." Is that the best way to do it?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jocko MacNelly Oct 30, 2014.

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Jocko MacNelly replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Spotted in todays evening newspaper!
"After all this I'm still trying to wrap my head around the idea of playing banjo in a a lion cage. It would certainly be fun to know what his programme was!"
Dec 23, 2016
Jocko MacNelly replied to thereallyniceman's discussion They can't get rid of me that easily !!!
"Jackie whatever that project is, I wanna hear it! "
Aug 12, 2016
Jocko MacNelly replied to thereallyniceman's discussion They can't get rid of me that easily !!!
"Back and better than ever. Over here some of us say "...badder than ever." Misspelled "bad" means good! :o) Welcome back Ian, I was starting to worry!"
Aug 11, 2016
Jocko MacNelly replied to Jocko MacNelly's discussion Gear question(s)
"That's kind of reassuring TD2! Durability and versatility in every possible (sometimes absurd) situation is a necessity for me, so definitely plastic. And I'll keep track and change them every quarter-century whether I need to or not! :o)…"
Mar 30, 2016
John Cohen replied to Jocko MacNelly's discussion Gear question(s)
"I like plastic for Celtic... my Paragons were set up with 5-star heads... anything else would be too "mellow" for me.  "
Mar 30, 2016
Trapdoor2 replied to Jocko MacNelly's discussion Gear question(s)
"Many plastics are subject to fatigue stress. After 25yrs, it may just have given up. Yours does look violent...plastic can get fragile with age and it looks like this one went glass-hard. I had one go about 10 yrs ago and it sort of just…"
Mar 30, 2016
Jocko MacNelly replied to Jocko MacNelly's discussion Gear question(s)
"Will do John, and thanks in advance. yeah i know the focus, it's just that there's a wealth of banjo-with-a-capital-B knowledge to draw on here that I doubt I could find anywhere else!"
Mar 30, 2016
John Cohen replied to Jocko MacNelly's discussion Gear question(s)
"If you want to talk about the tenor, shoot me a private message.  I've played tenors in a few genres and may be able to help.  That said, this website is for classic style 5-string banjo, not tenors."
Mar 30, 2016
Jocko MacNelly replied to Jocko MacNelly's discussion Gear question(s)
"I plan to check with you guys about that axe as well. I hear SO MUCH (potential) music coming out of it, but there are some "buts" to deal with."
Mar 30, 2016
John Cohen replied to Jocko MacNelly's discussion Gear question(s)
"You tighten and loosen them as needed, as long as it is still a good head (not tough and leatherized).  On a humid day I have to tighten my skin heads to keep them playing up to standards, but I make sure to remember to loosen them back up when…"
Mar 30, 2016
Jocko MacNelly replied to Jocko MacNelly's discussion Gear question(s)
"I've got a Gibson tenor from the 20's which apparently still has the original skin head. I was told you don't mess with those at all, yes?"
Mar 30, 2016
Jocko MacNelly replied to Jocko MacNelly's discussion Gear question(s)
"Thanks John!"
Mar 30, 2016
Shawn McSweeny replied to Jocko MacNelly's discussion Gear question(s)
"Plastic ruptures are pretty rare, so i naturally thought it was a skin head. "
Mar 30, 2016
John Cohen replied to Jocko MacNelly's discussion Gear question(s)
"Well, plastic isn't sensitive to humidity like a skin head is (Shawn, that is what you are describing, is it not?).  I have no idea what could have happened, but I'm glad for the sake of your health that you weren't holding it…"
Mar 30, 2016
Jocko MacNelly replied to Jocko MacNelly's discussion Gear question(s)
"up to now it's been indestructible!"
Mar 30, 2016
Jocko MacNelly replied to Jocko MacNelly's discussion Gear question(s)
"No Shawn, we've been having a regular spring here in Philly, and that thing survived 15 Minnesota winters! Shawn McSweeny said:"
Mar 30, 2016

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