Mike Moss's Blog (8)

Refurbishing the old Dallas...

So I was having a look at my old Dallas -- with its old, dry head, and its excessively high action -- and decided that something needed to be done.


Thing is, this banjo looks like it might be a bit troublesome. As I mentioned earlier, I had fixed a major crack in the dowel stick, but the dowel stick is poorly set (the heel doesn't make contact with the pot) which means I will probably have to remove the dowel stick, scrap it, and make a new one... so I'll need some advice as…


Added by Mike Moss on June 6, 2011 at 21:00 — 20 Comments

Internet pop culture meets classic banjo

Added by Mike Moss on June 3, 2011 at 13:16 — 1 Comment

Just a small discovery...

I just found out a way to get a really neat, cheap and effective banjo mute, which dampens the sound consideraby. Ever since I switched from nylguts to Christ Sands heavies + Ren head, combined with my hard picking, my banjo has become enormously loud -- and I love it! Still, sometimes I need to produce a quieter sound than the ear-piercing roar of my killing machine, so I just put on a cheap Tourte violin mute I had lying around -- and it works! Just pop it between the second and third…


Added by Mike Moss on April 16, 2011 at 11:44 — 1 Comment

Mike's adventures in Banjoland -- V : My ex-smooth arm banjo

It's been a while since I last posted here, so I might as well post a few updates. There have been a few developments in the past few weeks which have taken time away from my banjo studies, namely that I got a pretty good job (which means... no, not more money to spend on banjos... must... not... spend on banjos!) and that I seem to have come down with the flu for the past few days so banjo playing isn't as pleasant as usual.


Still, I've been having a closer look at my old,…


Added by Mike Moss on April 4, 2011 at 13:35 — 5 Comments

Mike's adventures in Banjoland -- IV : To resonate, or not to resonate?

Hi all,


after posting my rendi -- err, archival footage of "Circus Parade", and after the kindness and forgivingness of the comments, I promise I'll be recording at least one more solo this weekend, though I'm not quite sure which one (probably Pompadour).


Anyhow, today I wanted to discuss a subject which has been intriguing me for some time. The other day, I was performing some maintenance on my banjo, and I removed the resonator, just to do a little sound…


Added by Mike Moss on March 18, 2011 at 13:42 — 6 Comments

Mike's adventures in Banjoland -- III : Camera fright


Well, first of all, I would like to apologize for not having posted earlier, as I was hoping to get access to a camera in order to film some of my playing. Unfortunately, as soon as I'm in front of a camera I become a nervous wreck and can't get past the first few bars of songs I otherwise play perfectly. It was a very frustrating experience, but I do hope I'll be able to contribute with a decent video, eventually. I was recording "Beat as you go", by Emile Grimshaw, and… Continue

Added by Mike Moss on March 13, 2011 at 13:00 — 8 Comments

Mike's adventures in Banjoland -- II : Getting the basics down

Well, I thought I might as well continue talking about my classicbanjoistic adventures, so here goes...


So once I had my (now two, adding my nylgutted former BG machine, currently my Resonatored-Toneringed-Scruggs-tunered Classic Banjo Machine Of Awesome) proper banjo, it's time for me to consolidate my technique in CB. Fortunately, I have extensive experience with musical instruments, not only with several styles of banjo, but also with the guitar, fiddle, piano, as well as…


Added by Mike Moss on February 20, 2011 at 15:30 — 2 Comments

Mike's adventures in Banjoland -- I : The tools of the trade

Having started  playing classic banjo little over a month ago on my not-so-shabby Bluegrass Machine, I quickly realized I'd need something more appropriate if I were ever to progress in this repertoire, despite my relatively successful early attempts at playing some basic pieces. Nevertheless, being a university student with only some modest earnings, I couldn't possibly afford one of the nicer historical banjos for sale or, better yet, a classical banjo made by a modern luthier, so I…


Added by Mike Moss on February 16, 2011 at 10:06 — 11 Comments

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