A Classic Banjo Christmas: 38 Carols arranged for 5-string banjo

Comment by Mike Moss on October 8, 2014 at 10:51

Hi Jocko,

looks nice, the arrangements seem to be in bass to D but they sound very musical and tastefully arranged. A bit surprising to see a commercial for a book out of the blue but it's great to know there are more of us out there lurking, sometimes the CB world can feel rather small! Please feel free to share your performances, thoughts, etc. with us :-)

Comment by Jocko MacNelly on October 8, 2014 at 14:00
Thanks so much Mike. Yeah there is indeed some C-tuning (I'm thinking not quite half the tunes), and even one or two high E's! Strangely enough, my banjo experience has led me in certain situations to drop the high E on my guitar to D.
Comment by Joel Hooks on October 8, 2014 at 16:20
Hi Jocko, what is "high E"?
Comment by Jocko MacNelly on October 8, 2014 at 16:47
Hi Joel, "Chicago style" I think is the official name for it, mainly a tenor tuning I believe - DGBE. The "gateway" banjo tuning for us guitar players! : )
Comment by Trapdoor2 on October 8, 2014 at 18:11

That would be a "Plectrum" banjo tuning (Chicago Tuning = DGBE). The tenor is tuned in 5ths, CGDA (or GDAE, if you're playing Irish Trad).

This is not to say that you couldn't somehow tune a tenor banjo to DGBE but I shudder to think what the string set might look like. ;-)

Looks like there's another Xmas banjo book I need to add to the collection!

Comment by Jocko MacNelly on October 8, 2014 at 20:53
Oh yeah, I've always been a little lax about terminology, but I can see I'll need to be careful around you guys! : )
Incidentally, I tune my tenor CGDG, based on the fact that I prefer zouk/OM tuning on mando. The possibilities with that tuning (which I like to call "gee Dad!") are absolutely endless, with regard to chord voicings, scale and arpeggio ideas etc.
Comment by Trapdoor2 on October 8, 2014 at 22:37

Terminology: being an Engineer, I can't hep mysef. ;-)

Interesting tuning, CGDG. I'll have to mess around with it. I have a mandola around here somewhere...

Comment by thereallyniceman on October 9, 2014 at 11:06

Hi theotherjocko :-)

Very nicely presented compilation of Classic Style Christmas tunes, obviously a lot of work went into this. Perhaps in return for the blatant spam you would like to post a couple of the pieces as "tasters" for members to have a go at, and maybe a video of you playing a favourite of yours?

I notice the compilation is available to purchase and MP3s are available, would you like to give links, details of payment methods, postal costs etc.. or if it it available in PDF format?

Good luck with it.

Ian, thereallyniceman

Comment by Jocko MacNelly on October 9, 2014 at 14:39
You got it Ian! ...and thanks for your patience with the blatant spam... : )
Comment by Jocko MacNelly on October 10, 2014 at 16:03

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