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played badly on newly acquired banjeaurine, more practice needed !
A banjo that frets true? I've never met one! The interval between the G and B of the third and second string (and the b and d of the first and second string) assures that somewhere on the b string something is going to align poorly with the rest of the banjo. What goes wrong depends on how one hears a major third and minor third. No matter how, Something Somewhere will be wrong.
Howdy Jody, I am just back from a gig and received an email telling me you had responded here, I enjoy chatting to other enthusiasts from around the world via the interthingy ! you are probably right and, I have heard it said before that banjos cannot be played 100% in tune but, my guess is that so long as they conform to what our ears expect from a banjo then all is well, I have not had one yet that required the bridge to be skewed at a ridiculous angle but, I have found that a decent instrument gets close enough for most of us ! I probably dont sing in tune either but nobody notices and I always get paid .
I keep my bridge straight on all banjos.But guitars and banjos are equally untunable. I expect that all your guitars, which have the same problematic major third between strings 3 and 2 that the banjo has, probably have a bridge saddle which is on an angle. This helps. Even so, changing keys usually involves a slight adjustment to the pitch of the second string. Just intonation, Pythagorian intonation, equal temperament, tuning to the overtone series, tuning to our preferences, each one of these postulates a major third that is different from the others. And in any one of these, B in an E chord will need to be higher than B in a G chord or the G chord will sound hideous if it's as high as E or B minor needs that b to be. ("B to Be" is a good rhythm and rhyme. HMMmmm the start of a new song.......
or a parody of an old one: Oh I come from hello grandma with a banjo b to be.....
sorry. couldn't resist.
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