Banjo instead of guitar have I gone mad?

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Jimi Lightning, May 23, 2020.

  1. BramptonRob1958

    BramptonRob1958 Strat-Talk Member

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    I’m have always enjoyed listening to good Banjo player and am usually in awe of their skill.

    So, no cure necessary unless you start building Banjo-casters! Lol
     
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    This is more my style. I've been told my clawhammer banjo sound is like Walt's. I've also been told I look like Tom Selleck...from the knees down.

     
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    Anything with Brian Setzer and or the Stray Cats gets an automatic thumbs up. Awesome!
     
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    Even without hearing a note, i'm guessing that that's Albert Lee on the left...
    the tells are the red Music Man guitar, and greying curly locks.
     
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  5. Hugh

    Hugh Got Cluck ?

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    Love listening to this gal

     
  6. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy Mouth draggin' knuckle breather Silver Member

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    Not 15 minutes ago a video popped up on my screen...Johnny Carson, "Things you never hear"...


    the first one?


    "That's the banjo player's Porsche".

    I love bluegrass music.
     
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  7. Hugh

    Hugh Got Cluck ?

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    Man I gassed for a banjo for over 2 years but kept putting it off. Now I see your thread and I'm wanting one again !

    If I get one this will be the one

    https://www.stringinstruments.com/p-2134-deering-goodtime-artisan-americana.aspx
     
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    @Hugh looks like a nice Banjo. Mines a middle of the road Fender. Fun to play if you get one be sure to let us know how it turns out. :)
     
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    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Silver Member

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    Bella's wife is a great banjo player in her own right - they're all over You Tube. Great mix of Scruggs style and clawhammer:

     
  10. Hugh

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    Will do.

    Clawhammer is the style I like, so an open back with the scoop seems the one I'd want.
     
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    I've gotta look her up. A fretless, nylon string banjo? I didn't even know there was such a thing.
     
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    I like clawhammer, and tasteful banjo - yea, sounds like a contradiction. I've been on a tear lately working on banjo a lot. All I can say is, its hard to get it right, where it has that infectious rhythm, like a great drum shuffle. If you get into modal tunings, you can conjure some pretty dark, gothic sounds, especially with clawhammer. As far as corrupting your other music, there's no risk, its so different, you can have both.

    PS - I dislike stuff like Hayseed Dixie, and especially imposter folk who strum a banjo and try to fake playing a 5 string, when they can't. I'm not talking about an appropriate use of a guitar banjo like a Taylor Swift or Keith Urban - neither are trying to fake a 5-string.
     
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    Banjo is the one instrument I never got around to having a crack at. I love the sound though.
     
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    @Lone Woof A Carolina girl. Amazing musician! Love her solo stuff & The Carolina Chocolate Drops
     
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    Bryan Sutton talks about them here

     
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    Life is good,
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    She's playing a reproduction of a "Levi Brown" banjo, made by James Hartel. I have one of his "Ashborn" reproductions. IIRC, Lewis was a Baltimore maker in the 1850s. I've played one of the 3 known originals (the one hers is based on).http://www.minstrelbanjo.com/LBrownbasicindex.html

    Before the 1870s banjos were fretless. By the 1890s, fretting became the norm. Metal strings were not popular until about 1900...so gut was the string of choice. Nylon (1940s) was a blessing. Most players of antique banjos from the 1850-19-teen period use nylon.

    LOL, I found a pic on James' website of me playing the Ashborn he made for me. 2007 was our 20th anniversary and Miz Diane got it for me as an anniversary gift. I'm not a reenactor, but I had to have a goofy period-correct hat.

    2MarcSmith84.jpg
     
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    The amount of possum isn't relevant here.
     
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    Try not liking this.....

     
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    A little banjo...4 string



    One of my original New orleans jazz tunes.
     
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