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4-String Classic Banjo
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Hi, new member here! Thank you for letting me join!I am trying to figure out how to classify myself as a banjoist. I play the 4-string tenor and plectrum, and grew up playing West Coast pizza parlor…Continue

Tags: Grimshaw, banjo, Plectrum, Classic

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Mar 5.

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Trapdoor2 replied to Ron Hinkle's discussion 4-String Classic Banjo
"If y'all haven't gone out to look at some of Ron's videos, you're missing something special. His version of Bassett's "Castaneta" is simply masterfully done. One of the big plusses of Plectrum style is that a solid…"
Mar 5
Ron Hinkle replied to Ron Hinkle's discussion 4-String Classic Banjo
"Thank you all for the advice. It's been great getting to know this music; I consider it to be the "missing link" for plectrum technique. Please look up my YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfPWZu-PMrMtApqaz__qlCA. It…"
Mar 4
Ron Hinkle replied to Ron Hinkle's discussion 4-String Classic Banjo
"Yes, Brendt Hayes; Buddy says he has a recording of him. I would love to hear it; I understand he was phenomenal. "
Mar 4
Ron Hinkle replied to Ron Hinkle's discussion 4-String Classic Banjo
"I've always been a Gibson man, though I love Bacon and Day also. Not a huge fan of the Vegavox sound, but it has it's place; I got to play one of Eddie Peabody's banjos for a while, and it's brightness brought out some…"
Mar 4
Chris Cioffi replied to Ron Hinkle's discussion 4-String Classic Banjo
"That is exactly who I was thinking of, Joel, and was just about to add it as I remembered it/him last night.....thanks!"
Mar 4
Joel Hooks replied to Ron Hinkle's discussion 4-String Classic Banjo
"Chris, I think the guy you are thinking of is Brendt Hayes"
Mar 4
Chris Cioffi replied to Ron Hinkle's discussion 4-String Classic Banjo
"Ron-Here's 2 interesting 5 string plectrums I was able to find today...I've seen more of these in the past by both…"
Mar 4
Chris Cioffi replied to Ron Hinkle's discussion 4-String Classic Banjo
"Ron-Also, as I was editing my above post and ran out of time... Tarrant Bailey, Jr was one of the paternal greats of classic 5 string banjo, but recorded many arrangements on the Imperial and other labels of the time (Regal I think) on plectrum…"
Mar 3
Chris Cioffi replied to Ron Hinkle's discussion 4-String Classic Banjo
"Ron- Search for Frank Lawes....he was a well respected plectrum player in the classic community in the UK and was in many of the BMG magazines from the 40's (maybe even the 30's) to the '60's....I think he died in the 60's…"
Mar 3
Jody Stecher replied to Ron Hinkle's discussion 4-String Classic Banjo
"What are your favorite plectrum banjos, Ron?  The best tenors I've heard are Epiphone Recording model and some Paramounts. The best plectrum banjo was a Clifford Essex I played in Ireland. It was so long ago I don't recall the model…"
Mar 3
Ron Hinkle replied to Ron Hinkle's discussion 4-String Classic Banjo
"Thank you all for the welcome! Hi Marc! I have toyed with the idea of learning finger-style, simply so I could better understand the music. I got to play some Classic duets with Clarke Buehling a couple years ago; it was a blast. Back before I…"
Mar 3
Joel Hooks replied to Ron Hinkle's discussion 4-String Classic Banjo
"Hi Ron, I think you might have us all wrong. I have no problem with plectrum players as the plectrum banjo is a direct decedent from the 5 String.  I don't know anything about tenors as those are banjo bodied mandolin family…"
Mar 1
Jody Stecher replied to Ron Hinkle's discussion 4-String Classic Banjo
"You know, Ron, 2 of the best clawhammer banjo players I have ever heard began their banjo life playing plectrum banjo.  Hank Bradley's first gig was in Monterey California in a Cannery Row tourist bar sitting atop an upright piano plinking…"
Mar 1
Trapdoor2 replied to Ron Hinkle's discussion 4-String Classic Banjo
"LOL. Like you need advice, Ron. [rolleyes] I've heard you play this stuff...beautifully. Welcome to our little community on the 'net! I wish I could come out and listen in! I hope retirement is treating you right, Diane and I are planning…"
Mar 1
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4-String Classic Banjo

Hi, new member here! Thank you for letting me join!I am trying to figure out how to classify myself as a banjoist. I play the 4-string tenor and plectrum, and grew up playing West Coast pizza parlor sing-along chord melody banjo (loud and obnoxious, of course! I even had a Vega Vox IV as a kid!). I grew up and got a Music Ed degree (on clarinet), and then started the search for a "legitimate" path forward as a banjoist. I discovered the music of Grimshaw, Cammayer, Bassett, Kirby, etc. 8 years…See More
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