The string buzz is not from the frets, but rather from the flesh of my finger holding down adjacent strings when forming some of those fat chords, particularly when I am the least bit lazy with my finger positioning. As I said, on the…"
I have a banjo with a narrow neck and as you say, probably made for a lady, but as I have relatively small hands I find it great to play. I would check you neck angle, bridge height, and fret levels to remedy the…"
"Thank you Ray
My question was about the tuning pegs. I have decided to try out friction pegs and re-assess other options next time I have my banjo looked at by a luthier. The neck of my instrument is narrower than most banjos (perhaps…"
I do have a nice 'Boss' chromatic tuner that I have used to tune my banjo for years, but as I didn't use it very often the tiny 9 volt battery was always flat, which was annoying.I recently 'Googled' into my Galaxy Tablet, 'Banjo Tuner' and installed a great free APP which works a treat. So no more worries about flat batteries.You just have to keep up with the times.Greetings from RaySee More
"Thanks, Ray for the compliment. I am sorry that my site has been closed for so long. The new site is ready to go except for the page that has MP3s of the new banjo pieces. My Chrome browser will only load the first five pieces, while Firefox loads…"
I wonder if anybody has noticed that Hal Alert's fine website is under construction to bring it up to date. Hal has put a lot of effort into his website over the years, sometimes under very difficult circumstances. I think we tend to go for the easy option. Let's give him all the support that we can. See More
For years I could not master the Drop Thumb method of Clawhammer playing. All I could manage was what was known as 'up picking' from Pete Seeger's book. This style was okay for the slower tunes, but arm breaking if you wanted to play dance tunes with the fiddler. Then I picked up a tutor with a tape by a bloke called Larry Peterson. He just had a way of making it easy, with lots of simple tunes to play along with. Larry lived in Omaha Nebraska. I haven't heard from him for years,… Continue
I was watching the Pete Seeger interviews recently by Tim Robbins. I noticed that Pete had a most unusual Bridge on his banjo. It seemed to have a couple of little 'outriggers' on it. This gave it four points of contact on the vellum. Can anyone tell me anything about it. I've never seen one before.
This site is really going places. Now we have Rob Murch and Mike Redman as members, both excellent players. This enthusiasm for the classic banjo is catching and we could be seeing a resurgence. Who knows.
Hi Ray ; yes ; eric is a more than 30 years old friend and we started a banjo band where i played the cello it ' s there :
But last year he moved in the center of france for professional reasons ; happy new year @+m
Google Banjo Clubhouse.
Go to Banjo Clubhouse.
Scroll down to the Converse Analytical (it's the white one).
Click on Converse Analytical.
On the bottom of the Converse Analytical page, click on the pdf thing.
Go to page 58.
Enjoy The Riverside Schottische.