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Hey ladies and gentleman...

I've noticed a good amount of pickers showing up around the forums. There's even a great UG group about banjo playing. In a moment of clarity and wisdom I decided that making a thread to be the go-to place for learning about and discussing this instrument would not only be a good idea, but a tribute to the great Scruggs himself.

So, have at it, guys. I play a Deering. I picked up the instrument originally to start playing along with Avett Brothers songs, but now I'm horribly addicted to bluegrass.

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Does Scott Avett use a strange tuning on his banjo? It seems like he breaks an ungodly amount of strings. It can't just be how aggressively he plays, can it?
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I don't play the banjo (I want to) but I just wanted to pop in and compliment you on your thread title. Bravo, sir.

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Does Scott Avett use a strange tuning on his banjo? It seems like he breaks an ungodly amount of strings. It can't just be how aggressively he plays, can it?



He uses the regular GDGBD. He just plays like a madman. I'm actually going to see him tonight!

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you should link to the group in the OP, and i'll edit the link to this thread in the group.
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As a fellow picker, I approve of this thread!

I too play a Deering (Deluxe 5) and my major influences are Bela Fleck, Scruggs, Dave Carroll (Trampled By Turtles, highly recommended), Scott Avett, and Eddie Adcock
#8
I want one

Epic title btw. That's all I have to contribute
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#9
I play a Barnes & Mullins because I haven't upgraded, but it does its job: I'm not much of a player, but I play a bit Not as much as I used to, sadly, but I still write with it sometimes.

I approve of this thread.
#10
I just got a banjo last week! Trying to figure out if there is any tuning which reminds of drop d! Just going to use it for strumming and riffs. Love the sound!
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I just got a banjo last week! Trying to figure out if there is any tuning which reminds of drop d! Just going to use it for strumming and riffs. Love the sound!


if you want something like drop D, you could try double C tuning, which is (G)CGCD, or you can try triple C, which is (G)CGCC. i'm not sure if you're using a 4 or 5 string, but those tunings would work on either, minus the 5th string.
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#12
i am a banjo player before a guitar player. i'm upgrading to a custom internal resonator openback with a frailing scoop, planetary tuners, compensated bridge, and renaissance head! anyone who knows what im talking about deserves to be in this thread!
#13
that's pretty cool. the compensated bridge would would be nice to have, i'm probably going to try and get one at some point in the near future. i think a frailing scoop would be annoying though, since i' not much for frailing, and i actually use those higher frets, though it depends on how much of the neck is scooped out.
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I thinks it's from fret 17 to 22, so I'm not gonna miss them that much. I do a lot of clawhammer so it will be nice to have that instead of slamming my fingernails against the frets when I play up the neck a little with my right.

So does anyone else feel like they got an infectious disease that requires them to buy more banjos? It's horrible... All my money disappears...
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I thinks it's from fret 17 to 22, so I'm not gonna miss them that much. I do a lot of clawhammer so it will be nice to have that instead of slamming my fingernails against the frets when I play up the neck a little with my right.

So does anyone else feel like they got an infectious disease that requires them to buy more banjos? It's horrible... All my money disappears...



I've recently started collecting decorated banjo heads. I'm addicted. They're hard as hell to find, but someone will post their one-off on ebay from time to time for only like $25.

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#16
http://www.banjohangout.org/ this is the UG for banjo.
http://www.resohangout.com/ this is the UG for resonator

I have a couple of banjos, one hand made (by me) & the other is a Washburn B9, the B9 is just an entry level banjo IMHO but it kicks.

Here is the one I built, set up with all nylon & my own homemade skin 'clear' the skin is laminating plastic.



Here is my Washburn B9



The B9 with my clear skin & without.

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Where can I get a banjo for my girlfriend? She wants to learn, but for the life of me I can't find a store selling them in Ontario (other than far, far, far north).

The B9 looks good considering it is about $250, and I don't want to spend more than that on a beginner banjo, but I also don't want to order it off Amazon

Any ideas. Also, would you recommend the B9? I don't know anything about 4 vs 5 string Banjos. If it helps, she wants to be like the guy from Mumford & Sons!
#19
The B9 is a great banjo for the price!

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As a fellow picker, I approve of this thread!

I too play a Deering (Deluxe 5) and my major influences are Bela Fleck, Scruggs, Dave Carroll (Trampled By Turtles, highly recommended), Scott Avett, and Eddie Adcock

I don'y play the banjo but... Trampled by Turtles kicks ass
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Bumping for greatness.

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#22
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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#23
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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Nice guy, played with him a few years back at a local (but pretty popular amongst the folk/ bluegrass crowd) music store's 20th anniversary party/ jam.
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#26
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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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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As a fellow picker, I approve of this thread!

I too play a Deering (Deluxe 5) and my major influences are Bela Fleck, Scruggs, Dave Carroll (Trampled By Turtles, highly recommended), Scott Avett, and Eddie Adcock

Signed up just to thank you for introducing me to Trampled by Turtles...
#29
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.
#30
Just started taking a violin bow to the banjo. Almost sounds fiddleish...

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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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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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#34
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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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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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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#38
Anyone ever try Keith Pegs or the like? I was thinking about maybe getting a pair.
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#39
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!!!


I know the feeling.
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