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4th string sympathetic resonance
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Hi all, what is your experience with sympathetic resonance from the 4th string? I ask this question with an awareness that some open string resonance is desirable and contributes to the overall sound…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher yesterday.

Music for banjo orchestra
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Maybe a naïve question, but...how exactly did banjo orchestras work, musically speaking? I ask because I haven't found any recordings or sheet music collections. Were people extrapolating from…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Jul 30.

Friction peg replacement
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I'm looking to replace a set of tuning pegs (see picture). What might my options be? The peghead holes are roughly 9/16 inch. The specs for Grover Champions say they are designed for 11/16, but if…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ethan Schwartz Jul 22.

LaBella 17 intonation issues
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I gotta get to the bottom of this or it will drive me crazy.So some time ago, I got a cheap modern open-back (5/8" bridge, ~3 degree neck angle, zero nut, etc). It came with cheap steel strings and…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks Jul 22.

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Jody Stecher replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion 4th string sympathetic resonance
"Oh yes, I sure know what you mean. First, some possible solutions. Some of what you are hearing might be coming from resonance between the bridge snd tailpiece. Rubber grommets, or weaving a ribbon or leather strip through the strings will silence…"
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4th string sympathetic resonance

Hi all, what is your experience with sympathetic resonance from the 4th string? I ask this question with an awareness that some open string resonance is desirable and contributes to the overall sound of the instrument. But beyond a certain point it becomes distracting. I'm finding that even with chords that don't contain C or G, I'm still hearing quite a bit of ringing from the 4th string. I'm wondering if this has anything to do with set-up and not just my questionable playing technique. I…See More
yesterday
Trapdoor2 replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion Music for banjo orchestra
"Yes, the "Solo Banjo" part is written in E and A while the rest is written in A and D. The bass note "C" in the Solo Banjo part actually sounds an F (which is the lowest note on the Banjeaurine, tuned cFCEG).  Generically,…"
Jul 30
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Jul 29
Ethan Schwartz replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion Music for banjo orchestra
"Re: Aurora March, am I correct that the "Solo Banjo" part refers to banjeaurine? Is that because the banjeaurine carries the main melody for most of the piece? I also wasn't aware that banjuerine notation is transposing, but I suppose…"
Jul 29
Trapdoor2 replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion Music for banjo orchestra
"Hal Allert transposed "Aurora March" into C Notation (if anyone is interested). It is in the library here. I'm not sure if he re-arranged anything from the original. Arranging a CB part for it could be as simple as just reading from…"
Jul 28
Joel Hooks replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion Music for banjo orchestra
"Here is Aurora March, this does not have the cello part."
Jul 27
Joel Hooks replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion Music for banjo orchestra
"Armstrong's big thing was divided bass, where the cello plays the roots on the beat and the 2nd banjos follow with the chord.   As someone who has played piccolo in a club setting, the piccolo part is dialed back. With marches I am…"
Jul 26
Trapdoor2 replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion Music for banjo orchestra
"To me, there are two different arranging styles: "Club Style" and "Orchestral Style". As has been said above, "Club Style" is likely to be the most prevalent. I haven't read the Thomas Armstrong articles in many…"
Jul 26
Joel Hooks replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion Music for banjo orchestra
"Thomas Armstrong wrote a series of articles on arraigning for banjo club that was published in the Stewart Journal. While "banjo orchestra" is the name that academia has decided to focus on, "banjo club" seems to have been the…"
Jul 26
Edward Bettega replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion Music for banjo orchestra
"Thanks for the link to forgotten wisdom. What a great site. I've seen lots of ads in old journals such as Crescendo, Cadenza and S. S. Stewart's for banjo orchestra music. I haven't been able able to find any in the digital domain. I…"
Jul 26
carrie horgan replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion Music for banjo orchestra
Jul 26
Ethan Schwartz posted a discussion

Music for banjo orchestra

Maybe a naïve question, but...how exactly did banjo orchestras work, musically speaking? I ask because I haven't found any recordings or sheet music collections. Were people extrapolating from published compositions for solo/duet banjo? Or was each band coming up with its own arrangements of popular tunes from outside of what we now recognize as the classic banjo repertoire? Given a part for 1st banjo, how would one go about deriving parts for banjeaurine/piccolo banjo? I would guess that…See More
Jul 26
Joel Hooks replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion LaBella 17 intonation issues
"If you are getting false strings from Labella they should know about it.  Since they are rectified there should not be a problem but I suppose it could happen.  I would contact them via their website and let them know. You can check for…"
Jul 22
Ethan Schwartz replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion Friction peg replacement
"I took one of the tuning machines to the hardware store and picked up a bunch of whatever washers looked potentially useful. I tried out various configurations and settled on the following: 1. Small washer between the screw head and knob replaced…"
Jul 22
Ethan Schwartz replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion Friction peg replacement
"It's (as far as I am aware) one of the cheaper Rettburg & Lange models from the aughts. I have nylgut classics on there right now. "
Jul 21

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