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Anyone play the BANJO????

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Bristol Pete, May 15, 2005.

  1. Bristol Pete

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    Was wondering if anyone out there can play the banjo?

    I am a reasonable guitarist and can play varying levels of stuff ranging from Metallica - nothing else matters to some nice easy open chord songs. :thumbsup:

    However, was thinking about taking up the Banjo and was wondering, how hard can it be? :confused: mmmmmmm?!?!?

    Cheers.

    Pete.
     
  2. Mroizouk

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    ha ha. I've often wondered the same.

    The banjo is a comical instrument.

    Don't you have several picks on your picking hand to play it? I don't reckon it would be too tough. It would take you a while to be as good as the kid from Deliverance. though! You could argue that classical guitar playing would help you out more because of the finger-picking, but that rock guitar would be better because of using a plectrum and not being used to steel strings.
     
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    I tried once. It just underlined my complete lack of musical ability.

    It seemed easier than the guitar (which I also failed at) but harder than drums (again, failed).

    Most banjos are the American-style 5-string, where the 5th string is percussive. Banjos are cheap new, so I guess you might as well give it a go. Be warned though: it's impossible to play a banjo quietly.
     
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    Do you also play the pink oboe?

    (Someone had to say it)
     
  5. Chris Muriel

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    Yes, I play the banjo - the 5-string bluegrass type.
    There are also tenor banjos as played a lot in Ireland.
    I love that bluegrass banjo sound which the high (short) Gstring is responsible for.
    I have played acoustic guitars (folk 'n country stuff) for 30 years and owned a banjo or two for 10 years, mainly fingerpicking (don't use a plectrum except for a thumb-pleck) . Unitl recently I just knew a few basic banjo chords.
    Then, last year, I boughta USA-made Harmony banjo off Ebay in the USA (had it shipped to a work colleague in Florida and picked it up when I met him in Boston a few weeks later).
    6 months ago, via websearching, I found that bluegrass workshops and the like go on in the north-west of England.
    I am now a regular at a Thursday workshop in Helsby as well as group lessons in Grappenhall (near Warrington) every 2nd Sunday and a session once a month in Whaley Bridge. Learnt a lot of new chords and rolls etc.
    Bluegrass players normally use metal fingerpicks. I stick with my fingernails and the thumb-pleck 'cos that's what I'm used to with my guitar picking.
    I also spent 2 weeks in a real hillbilly bluegrass area last autumn (East Tennessee / Smokey Montains). I preferred it to Nashville (where I have been twice).
    At least I can now do a 3 to 5 chord accompaniment with a choice of 3 places (or positions) on the neck now and can do Cripple Creek & a couple of others at full speed. If you already use/read guitar tablature , then you won't find banjo tab difficult.
    Cap'n Benefit: you don't say where you are based - so the regional info may not help you.
    More info : http://hop.members.beeb.net/
    http://www.bluegrassfestivals.net/regularsessions.htm
    http://myspace.virgin.net/h.armstrong/localvenues_sunday.htm
    http://banjoteacher.com/Links/
    http://www.bluegrassfestivals.net/ (aclaim - accoustically live and inclusive music)
    You can read about 1 of my teachers there (JD , see also below) , just scroll down or do a Ctl-F and search for "Dowling".

    Site of my mentor/teacher for the Sunday sessions (John Dowling) :
    http://www.jdowling.com/

    Google.co.uk will find you more and a focussed search should find happenings and tuition in your area.

    Feel free to PM me also.



    Chris Muriel. Manchester
     
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    My mate's got one when he wanted to learn.

    I spent 3 hours one afternoon trying to play the Deliverence tune!
     
  7. Chris Muriel

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    You mean "Duelling Banjos" , originally called feuding banjos. Seen a great rendition of it with 2 banjos played by maestros at the Thursday workshop in Helsby.


    If you mate has given up and it's a decent one, I might be interested in buying it (if so PM me with his detials so we can correspond).

    Chris Muriel, Manchester.
     
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    I once caught my girlfriend 'playing the banjo' :rotfl:
     
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    With or without a G string?
     
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    without :D

    I found a (h)air on her G string so had to take them 'bach' :rolleyes:
     
  12. Chris Muriel

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    DId she go "chopin" for another one ?

    Chris Muriel, Manchester (next Bluegrass session is tomorrow night)
     
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    Thursday 7.30 PM and I'm off to my banjo workshop in Helsby now.

    Chris Muriel, Manchester.
     

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