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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Jimi Lightning, May 23, 2020 at 6:52 AM.

  1. Jimi Lightning

    Jimi Lightning Most Honored Senior Member

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    Okay history time. I really dislike Country and Banjo music. HOWEVER I wanted to learn clawhammer style for my 3 string CBG blues boxes so I took lessons and learned to play one...shudder...lol

    I have ACDC blasting in the truck and Dragon force currently on my Walkman ( yes I still have a Walkman)...BUT am plunking on the banjo as its just fun to play.

    Blues dont really seem to exist for this noise maker and Heavy Metal for it is out there but niche.
    Do I lock myself in a room with only guitars to cure this or succumb to this madness? :rolleyes:
     
  2. Lionpotato

    Lionpotato Strat-Talk Member

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    Banjo, mandolin, fiddle...don’t fight it. Give in...its a good thing.
     
  3. Dadocaster

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    The number of jokes that I have thought up and discard on this topic is near infinite.
     
  4. Jimi Lightning

    Jimi Lightning Most Honored Senior Member

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    Go for it, it has to better than banjo music.....sorry banjo fans couldn’t resist. o_O
     
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    There's banjo... and then there's banjo.

    That's some pretty blues based stuff right there, straight from Nawlins in the late 1920s.
    Back in the early days before amplification, jazz combos often used a 4 string banjo
    in the rhythm section because it was loud and would cut through the sound of the horns up front.
    The next step was using resonator guitars:


    Eddie Lang and his high profile use of the Gibson L-5 archtop changed all that and started a new branch,
    one that led to Freddie Green on rhythm, and Django Reinhardt and to Charlie Christian as guitar soloists.


    It gave a softer, gentler, and more fluid sound to the music.
    But some bands still keep the resonator &/or banjo sound going:

    like Shaye Cohn's Tuba Skinny ensemble... <3!!!
    :D
     
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    I worked in music stores a few years when I were a lad. I can guarantee you that if there was an instrument in that store that I had never played, I would find time to play it. We would tune banjos guitar fashion and play them, we played pedal steels when a couple were traded in, we play violins, viola, cellos, we played the brass instruments...
     
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    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I've been a serious guitar player since I was 10. Nearly 40 years now. Made a lot of money and friends.

    Took up banjo in my 20s. Never had more fame, TV appearances, album credits than I did with my banjo (and obligatory bluegrass band). Even did a stadium gig (opening for a sports event).

    Bloody banjos.....

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    I’ve been fooling around with the banjo since my teens. It’s for sure a fun instrument to play.
     
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    guitarchaeologist Artist Formerly Known as π Strat-Talk Supporter

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    trapdoor2 Senior Stratmaster

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    I've been playing banjo for 40+ yrs. All styles. Ain't nuthin but an instrument.

    Play what you like on it.
     
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    I’ve been gassin for banjo for quite awhile now.
     
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    You can play AC/DC on banjo. Hayseed Dixie has made a pretty good run of a career based around it. Don Wayne Reno on the banjo--he's really really good.

     
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    My son found this LP at Goodwill for 99 cents. It's all instrumental gospel bluegrass with Little Roy on banjo. It's such a great album, I traded him 3 records for it and now I want a banjo.

    lewis.jpg LF2.jpg
     
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    Heck, yeah! My mandolin will be picked this weekend!

    Tuba Skinny has showed up on several of my searches, and I wish we had much more of this music in a performance type video (see #5, above).
     
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    Banjo was my first love.

    Still have a nice Deering Goodtime II.

    Alas, my right thumb isn't what it used to be. :(

    fos1
     
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    Johnny St. Cyr

    had a 6 string guitar neck made for his banjo


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    Burt says go for it! 2586A103-7856-44D5-BB9A-313BF7DD1306.jpeg
     
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    Exactically!!! :)
     
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    Well then, how many banjo players do you need to eat opossum?
     
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