Let's hear from banjo pickers!
I meant to start this thread shortly after 50/90 began. But I didn't take my banjo out of the case until July 12. Now I have two banjo tunes posted, and two more on the way.
I have shared here before - many times - that if I had to choose just one instrument to focus on (I play six with at least some confidence and skill), it would be banjo. Started out in 2009 wanting to pick bluegrass, and now I'll try just about any style. (Latest banjo player I'm into is a fellow named Jake Blount.)
Like a lot of banjo-ists, my first influences were Tony Trischka and Bela Fleck. And I got to interview both in my days as a music journalist, but that was about 10 years before I started playing.
Who else here is into banjo?
I really like the sound of clawhammer banjo style, but have not been very good at playing it. But i do try bluegrass picking. I cannot improvise or sing while playing banjo. I am too busy licking my lips and hanging my tongue out.
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Well, of course "Banjo Brothers from Different Mothers" should be a song!
Clawhammer intrigues me, but from what I can gather, I'd need to study it - it's more than just strummin' on the ol' banjo!
What I do is more a mix of bluegrass picking and the way I finger-pick a guitar.
Amongst my instruments I have a no-name 70's 5-string and a 60's-ish Kay student tenor, both resonators. Banjo is certainly not my primary instrument nor one I play out, however, I have achieved an acceptable to me level of mediocrity. playing the 5-string like a guitar tuned to open G and picking or strumming the tenor, currently tuned to CGCG. I have one song posted that includes the tenor banjo in the name.
I love playing my banjo, although I am more of a beater than a picker. Clawhammer all the way, baby! Truth be told I can't get my fingers coordinated enough to play Scruggs style.
Unfortunately at the moment I am recovering from a condition called cubital tunnel syndrome that limits what I can do with my left hand. It could be as long as another year before if it gets back to normal, but imagine how happy I'll be when I can finally play again!
banjo is an underrated instrument. If ONLY for the technique. The techniques employed in high-level rolling is equitable to the highest levels of virtuosity on any instrument. Clawhammer specifically is like a auditory 'slight of hand' producing a sort of meditative trance state, imo.
I've had the pleasure to witness and discuss this type of picking with some really good players and though I can not play banjo at all, I have incorporated elements of it into my vocabulary over the years on piano and guitar.
Saw this thread this morning while writing and incorporated a few banjo tricks into the mix on this one. :)
Nice to meet you all -https://fiftyninety.fawm.org/songs/4074
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