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Old 12-18-2011, 11:49 PM   #21
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:04 PM   #22
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so have any of you tried slide on a banjo? i always do that and play Dobro licks. it's fun.
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Old 12-20-2011, 03:09 AM   #23
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Yes i love playing slide banjo (a whole lot of rolling stones comes straight over) from when Kieth was using 5 string guitar tuned to open G or banjo tuning.
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Old 12-24-2011, 08:58 PM   #24
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so how 'bout that Bill Keith?
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Old 12-25-2011, 12:24 PM   #25
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Old 12-29-2011, 12:33 AM   #26
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Just got my first banjo. Still trying to learn the major chords. I've wanted one for a while, really excited about it.

Also, just started listening to TBT. Sweet stuff!
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Old 12-29-2011, 03:42 PM   #27
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Just got my first banjo. Still trying to learn the major chords. I've wanted one for a while, really excited about it.

Also, just started listening to TBT. Sweet stuff!


major chords are easy. all in standard Open G:

0 2 2
0 1 0
0 0 1
0 2 2
0 0 1

those are G, C, and E, the standard major chord shapes. the C and E can be barred if you want when played in non-open positions, but they don't have to (though it might be easier to barre them). for the open E chord shape, and for non-open major chords, the 5th string can be tricky to deal with, so you can just ignore that string, or you can play it if it works with whatever chord you're using. once you play past the 5th fret, this isn't so much of an issue, but can still be a bit tricky.
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Old 01-01-2012, 03:20 PM   #28
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Old 01-02-2012, 05:53 AM   #29
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Had a banjo years ago but sold it to fund a new guitar. Regretted it ever since, but my girlfriend just bought me one for Christmas :-)
It's quite unusual as it's got a maple fret board, in fact the whole thing is maple, love blue grass, not so much of a fan of strummed banjos though.
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Old 01-10-2012, 06:35 PM   #30
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Just started taking a violin bow to the banjo. Almost sounds fiddleish...
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Old 01-10-2012, 07:28 PM   #31
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That sounds like it would be very awkward to play, especially with the fifth string. I might have to borrow my sisters bow and try it. I think maybe if I tried some up the neck seventh chords and bowed 16th notes, maybe with some heavy delay and reverb. Actually, I might try that on a song I'm recording, and double the guitar up an octave.
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:07 PM   #33
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I just tried the bow thing. The results weren't exactly satisfactory, and I knocked my bridge slightly out of place. It's just so weird to hold, compared to actually holding a bow when playing violin or cello. I was able to get some decent single string licks using the first strings, but whole chords were a bit more problematic.
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:06 PM   #34
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you know, every time i see the title of this thread, it makes me grin

not ready to add another instrument to the mix, but i've tried some banjos and they were lots of fun!
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:11 PM   #35
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you know, every time i see the title of this thread, it makes me grin

not ready to add another instrument to the mix, but i've tried some banjos and they were lots of fun!
You would never say that if you grew up with the Mummer's Day Parade"...Oy....

Besides, only the very best of the best banjo players get air in prime time. Roy Clark and Flatt & Scruggs are straight up intimidating...

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Old 02-11-2012, 05:29 PM   #36
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Man there are heaps of contempory banjo players. Air in prime time What about the theme to Scrubs a great banjo tune & played in prime time. Just lately I have noticed just how many songs on the radio have a banjo in them.

Yeah Im with Patti every time the email notification comes in for this thread I find myself grinning.
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Man there are heaps of contempory banjo players. Air in prime time What about the theme to Scrubs a great banjo tune & played in prime time. Just lately I have noticed just how many songs on the radio have a banjo in them.

Yeah Im with Patti every time the email notification comes in for this thread I find myself grinning.
I always enjoy replies from any thread, some more than others. What strikes me most is the misinterpretation, or overly literal interpretation of what I post.

First off, somebody playing banjo in a prime time show intro theme, is not what constitutes a banjo player in prime time.

A, "banjo player in prime time", would be someone who physically walks out in front of a camera, and then plays it. That said, Roy Clark and Flatt and Scruggs, are the players that come to mind in that capacity. As to them being "the best of the best", (my quote), that could be as simple as them being the best at self promotion, not necessarily instrumental acumen.

On a side note, the only thing that might have held my interest in "Scrubbs", would have been if the blond would have regularly taken her clothes off. As far as the "star of Scrubs"", Zach What's His Name, his side job was making really bad movies.

I guess you realize by now I couldn't bear to watch, "The Office" either.

As to the banjo, "suddenly" being all around. That's partly because country is crossing over to pop, (as it has for decades), (remember, "Eagles"), and also because the banjo has been an integral part of actual country music, for even more decades than the crossover.

Since there's more music, "product" nowadays, it stands there will a distinct probability of more, "banjo sightings". (Yes, I know that's a oxymoron, hence the quote marks).

Come to think the Who's, "Squeeze Box", has a ton of banjo in it.

None of this goes to me not thinking that banjos aren't "fun", or that I don't like them, I very much do.

(Although not quite so much as the pedal steel).

However, personally having withstood decades of listening to 10,000 drunken idiots marching up and down Broad Street, playing "Oh, Them Golden Slippers", the banjo, (at least the tenor banjo), has lost a lot of its, "resonance", with me.

Oh hell, why hold back? I'm at the point where I don't think the tenor banjo is even a real f***ing banjo.

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Old 03-03-2012, 09:25 AM   #38
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Anyone ever try Keith Pegs or the like? I was thinking about maybe getting a pair.
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Old 03-03-2012, 11:47 PM   #39
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I have been into bluegrass sinsce I was knee high to a short beaver. I play mando and guitar, and I want to get into banjo soon. The only problem with loving bluegrass is that I want to learn all the damn instruments-dobro, fiddle, standup bass and so on. Damn my love of this music! Ha Ha Ha!!!
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I have been into bluegrass sinsce I was knee high to a short beaver. I play mando and guitar, and I want to get into banjo soon. The only problem with loving bluegrass is that I want to learn all the damn instruments-dobro, fiddle, standup bass and so on. Damn my love of this music! Ha Ha Ha!!!


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