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Self-introduction
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Hi all,Just thought I'd introduce myself. Sorry if this is not the appropriate place (am I correct that there are no sub-forums, just a single forum for everything?). I am new to classic banjo, but…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Feb 19.

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Jody Stecher replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion Self-introduction
"You *did* say that and clearly. I read it poorly!!"
Feb 19
Ethan Schwartz replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion Self-introduction
"Hi Jody, what I meant to say is that I haven't tried playing classic banjo with a strap yet. I never used one when playing old-time. I will have to experiment with it once it arrives in the mail."
Feb 19
Jody Stecher replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion Self-introduction
"I wonder if the manner in which the strap is attached is part of the problem. I think a strap is  unneeded for playing seated.  Is the balance just as bad when you are not using the strap?"
Feb 15
Ethan Schwartz replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion Self-introduction
"It's not so much the weight but rather the lack thereof. The AC-1 comes in at around 4 lbs, and I have to believe most of that is neck. I have an armrest and strap on order (the banjo came with neither), so perhaps that will help some."
Feb 15
Joel Hooks replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion Self-introduction
"I second Ian about “alternate fingering”.  This is the key to playing, classic banjo.  There are a number of books that teach it.  I think Grimshaw goes a bit fast and presumes you have a teacher.  I am currently…"
Feb 14
thereallyniceman replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion Self-introduction
"Welcome Ethan, I am sure that you will enjoy the challenge of Classic Style. We have a number of videos on the "Learn to Play" page that show RH technique and other tips for classic style. One of the most important things is to try to…"
Feb 14
Milwaukee Matzen replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion Self-introduction
"Welcome to the site Ethan. It is a fantastic resource. I don’t have many tips or tricks as I am also new this. But, I do have (and have had) a banjo that has the neck dive issue.  I found that holding it on a more upright (headstock…"
Feb 14
Jody Stecher replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion Self-introduction
"I have found that with a bit of setup Gold Tone banjos can sound pretty darn good. Even the cheapo AC-1 can work even if it is not inspiring to look at. But I'm puzzled about your banjo being neck-heavy or heavy anywhere. Is the pot so light…"
Feb 14
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Self-introduction

Hi all,Just thought I'd introduce myself. Sorry if this is not the appropriate place (am I correct that there are no sub-forums, just a single forum for everything?). I am new to classic banjo, but not the banjo. Some years ago, I started learning minstrel banjo on a fretless, low-tuned instrument. That segued into old-time clawhammer/2-finger picking, again focusing mostly on fretless banjo. Admittedly, I was never great at it and additionally had little interest in the old-time "festival"…See More
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