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Old 06-29-2018, 05:58 PM
PHJim PHJim is offline
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My style of banjo playing is clawhammer and I wouldn't classify it as bluegrass, even loosely. You will seldom see a clawhammer player in a bluegrass band unless it's thrown in for a novelty tune. I did play mandolin in a bluegrass group, but would pick up the banjo once a night to do a banjo duet with the bluegrass banjo player, Al Kirby on When You And I Were Young Maggie.
I'm not sure if you can access this without being a Banjo Hangout member, but here's a clip of Al and me playing Maggie from Al's Banjo Hangout page. Our friend Zeke Mazurek added a fiddle break, if I recall correctly. I haven't listened to it for a few years.
-1962 Martin D-21
-1950 Gibson LG1
-1958 Goya M-26
-Various banjos, mandolins, dulcimers, ukuleles, Autoharps, mouth harps. . .

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Old 06-29-2018, 06:33 PM
Silly Moustache Silly Moustache is offline
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OK, confession time - I've been thinking about old time banjo - and last month, my wife bought me one!

She keeps encouraging me to play it too!

Can you believe it?
Silly Moustache,
Elderly singer, guitarist, dobrolist and mandolinist.
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Old 08-26-2018, 06:34 PM
BillRomansky BillRomansky is offline
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When you do purchase, research bridges. I have a Deering Good Time open back, probably the cheapest acceptably sounding brand out there, all maple. Spent a couple weeks modding standard bridges, and got another 25% out of the sound. I also placed a piece of stock galvanized round steel (3/16ths I think) as a hoop (instead of a tone ring) in the groove under the head, and a new, almost clear fake-skin under the head, 25%. The bridge is a standard bridge with a thin laminate of African Blackwood on the very top, a piece of hornwood on the 1st, 2nd and 5th strings, and tilted away from the neck at a bit of an angle, which was the best combination out of 20 or so bridges.

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