A keyboard piece by G.F. Handel arranged for five string banjo.I hope this is alright with all of you .I realize that most of you play on nylon or but strings,but despite years of classical guitar ,I'm having trouble getting the sound I want from them on the banjo.

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Comment by thereallyniceman on June 30, 2017 at 17:44

Nice playing. I much prefer nylon strings. Are you picking with your nails or hardened fingertips?

The sound I like is produced using hardened "segs" or calluses on the fingers and leads to less sustain and a less bell like sound... but everyone to their own preference !!

Comment by Dave Raphaelson on July 1, 2017 at 15:25
I'm using my nails primarily,but trying to achieve some additional control by muting the sound a little with the pads of my fingertips.I. Sure do appreciate your open minded attitude about this issue though.
Comment by Joel Hooks on July 1, 2017 at 19:10

Grimshaw used a wire first.

I agree with Ian that fingertips are the way to go when playing nylon strings.  It allows for a degree of shading that is difficult with nails or picks.

That said, If you are like me it is FFF all the time so it does not really matter.

Comment by Dave Raphaelson on July 2, 2017 at 10:58

Joel;I've seen and admired your work on you tube and really like it.I really understand what you and Ian are saying, and have played classical and parlor guitar with nylon strings for many years.I guess I just think If I work at it I can take advantage of the many timbres not available on nylon strings while bringing a different degree of control. You really have a point about dynamics thoughts a narrow spectrum and a  little means a lot..

Joel and Ian; I totally here what your saying about subtlety and nylon strings.I play classical guitar for many years and it has been my go to.That being said I am weirdly drawn to playing steel string banjo in an attempt to use some of the subtleties of that and classic banjo technique while obtaining timbre and sustain not available on nylon strings.Both are great, and a combination of the disciplines can be very fruitful, just look at all the Phil Keaggys and Michael Hedges of the world.

so true about dynamics though its a very narrow band and a little means a lot. Thank you guys for your input on this.I enjoy being a rebel a little bit, but in no way am I flipping off tradition.

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