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Re Banjo Hangout

Thanks for your reply on Banjo Hangout Trapdoor. Im pleased to be a member of Classic Banjo.

Posted on July 28, 2009 at 16:49

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At 17:43 on July 28, 2009, Trapdoor2 said…
Welcome! Glad you could come over. Come on in, we've got lots of good music here to work on...
At 19:38 on July 28, 2009, thereallyniceman said…
Welcome David. We Brits need to stick together. We seem to be surrounded by Yanks ;)

Whereabouts are you and what is that beast you are playing ?

Ian in Blackpool
At 13:40 on July 29, 2009, Trapdoor2 said…
Oh, it is definitely a three finger style, Scruggs being an offshoot (though he developed his pretty much independently). There was some 'crossover' in method early on (1840-1870) but after that the three/four finger approach (called "Guitar Style" early on) took over completely.

"Colorado Buck" is a great tune. I want to hear it when you get it going!
At 14:35 on July 30, 2009, Trapdoor2 said…
Hi David,

>I'm also experimenting with a couple of other tunes. One is an 18th >Century African tune called "Pompey Ran Away". Its very simple but >just a lovely tune. You probably know it. Its a clawhammer version and >a song called "Juba" which is a minstrel piece.

Yes, great tunes. I also play Minstrel Style (and there is another "ning" forum for it, you'll find me there too). All these styles are addictive but each one you add just extends the time it takes to master 'em. I should know! ;-)

>I think classic banjo is the best stlye i've so far come across. Are a lot of >Classic pieces in drop -C tuning ?

Yes. Actually we consider gCGBD to be "normal" and gDGBD is called "raised bass" tuning.

>What are your views on single string banjo.

"Single-string" is just another technique for getting certain notes out of the banjo. It has its roots in the Classic style but you would never use it exclusively to create a whole tune (like some Bluegrass people do). You find it used in the Classic style to get chromatic notes and short passages. Very useful technique.

>Do you think I'd benefit from more lessons now to help me up to >the "next level".

I think "lessons" are great if you can find a good teacher to match what you wish to learn. Some people do better on their own, some do better with regular lessons. I started with Bluegrass and took lessons for a couple years. After that, I have been essentially self taught. What has helped me the most (once I was happy with the basics) has been taking occasional "master classes" that target specific techniques.

However, if I had access to someone who taught classic style, I would not hesitate to jump in and go for lessons...even though I've been playing it for years.

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