I’m not making any of this up: AMERICANA SERIES BANJO Our Americana Series addresses four elements crucial to producing the world’s first series of strings directed to the needs of players performing within this exciting genre of contemporary music. Our own roots go back decades… Read More
I posted pictures of the new salad bowl banjo the other day. Here’s a demo so you can hear how it sounds.
The salad bowl banjo is complete (finally). It has taken me a very long time. You might say there has been an international conspiracy to prevent me from finishing. Others might say I’m a great procrastinator. In my defense, there was a broken and dislocated… Read More
A few days ago I shared some different versions of the old time tune, Buffalo Gals. As is often the case, I was listening to various versions of the tune because I was learning to play it myself. At a recent practice session I recorded… Read More
Head for the hills, it’s banjo practice time. Here’s me attempting to play a fiddle tune known as The Forky Deer, or Forked Deer (say fork-kid).
I mentioned the other day I was working on the tune Sandy River Belle on clawhammer banjo. Learning this tune is my first experience playing in the Sandy River Belle, or Old G tuning (gDGDE). I like the tuning and I’m going to figure out… Read More
Georgie and Bruce listening to Mister Anchovy playing the banjo this morning on 27th Street.
Banjos are about the most adjustable musical instruments I’ve ever seen. You can replace the head with a different one, or you can adjust the tension of the head. You can even change pots or change necks. You can try a different style of tailpiece… Read More
I recorded some banjo practice the other night. Here’s me trying to play Cumberland Gap. I recorded it with an inexpensive point and shoot digital camera with not quite enough light, so there are limitations (besides the obvious ones involving my playing)
Unlike Bluegrass banjo, which is played with metal thumb and finger picks, Old Time clawhammer banjo is most often played without picks. I say most often because there are players, and good players too who do use specialized clawhammer picks, sometimes of their own devising… Read More