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    Re: Two Fingers on the Head

    Perfect ! If you check out any of the older instruction material for banjo, mandolin or guitar you'll see that you are doing naturally what they tell you to do. If you ever pick up a flat pick...
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    Re: Pricing Opinion on Dogwood Designs Strap

    Jordan,

    I'm sorry i'm so late in responding to this. $50 for that strap is a great price. (He won it ... doesn't want it ... could use a quick $50.) I have a Dogwood custom strap and love it. ...
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    Re: Two Fingers on the Head

    "I can play MUCH faster and much more accurately if I just do it the way it feels right to me but I'm wondering if it's going to cause me problems down the road."

    Stop the stress and just make...
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    Re: Friend Looking of a Banjo

    A Huber Workhorse is well within his budget .... he could even get the pot upgraded to the Truetone.

    Ryk
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    Re: Classic style banjo

    Eric,
    I'd suggest you stay away from scooped fretboards unless you want the banjo to double as a clawhammer instrument. Why limit your upper range? Some of the classic pieces i've seen take you up...
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    Re: Mid-Range Plectrum Banjo?

    ..... and another thing. You can try a search for the paperback book "Riley's Routines for Better Banjo" by Jim Riley. It is loaded with priceless information and is by my reading chair. I go...
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    Re: Mid-Range Plectrum Banjo?

    Eric,

    All Ten-Thumbs-Up for the Cynthia Sayer idea and i'm embarrassed to not have thought of it. There are some brief YouTube videos of her teaching and some great performance videos as well. ...
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    Re: Irish Tenor Banjo - what have you got?

    1927 B&D Silver Belle No 1. Love it! Got it last week and haven't done too much Irish on it yet.

    Ryk
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    Re: Mid-Range Plectrum Banjo?

    Eric,

    Check out Don Van Palta for plectrum books. Don has some videos up on YouTube. Here's his site: http://www.plectrumbanjolessons.com

    Ryk
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    Re: Your Favorite Strings

    I'm liking the Siminoff Straight up strings in medium on my 5-string.

    Ryk
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    Re: Melodic Style on Plectrum?

    Hi Martin,

    Why not? I'm trying something very similar on my plectrum. It seems to me that it all boils down to a demanding single string approach and grabbing a chord or double stop along the...
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    Cynthia Sayer's You're In The Band

    It came today! Looking through the work the two subtitles offer the best description: The Real Experience of Playing in a Traditional Jazz/Hot Jazz Band and For All Musicians An Authentic Early...
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    Re: Anyone tried or using Straight Up Strings?

    I like them on both Lynne's mandolin and on my 5-string. I put the heavies on my Stelling and like both how they feel and how they sound.

    Ryk
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    Re: Mid-Range Plectrum Banjo?

    Thanks Eric ... that's the Pietsch. (Pronounced peach ... and it is!)

    If you think you're going to get serious about the plectrum, you might want to keep an eye out for David Frey's Ultimate...
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    Re: Mid-Range Plectrum Banjo?

    Eric,

    I play plectrum and own a Deering Deluxe and a custom plectrum made by Norbert Pietsch. I have no experience with any of the inexpensive plectrums you've mentioned. But i have played and...
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    Re: Article: An Interview with Cynthia Sayer

    ThankYouThankYouThankYou!!!

    I have long appreciated Cynthia's music and now can see why ... her thoughts on the plectrum are the same as mine. It's a fine instrument period without all the...
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    Re: Anyone here play banjitar/guitjo?

    Good god!!! ... videos of me! Perish the thought.
    They're great for all types of fingerpicking ... being a Vermonter i had to learn Maple Leaf Rag. Basically i play whatever moves me or in a jam...
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    Re: Anyone here play banjitar/guitjo?

    Why yes Mizz Belle ...
    I too play a 6-stringer and enjoy the variety it gives me from my plectrum or 5-string. Playing a lot of trad jazz a la Johnny St Cyr it does something the plectrum doesn't...
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    Re: Where are the banjo pluckin' ladies?

    Cynthia,
    Many thanks for chiming in on the Cafe. It's wonderful to have another plectrum player hanging around.
    All the best,
    Ryk
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    Re: JD Crowe's Flying Eagle

    JAK,

    You may find the answer in this video Bill Mills did with JD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4fxjdjYwwA

    Ryk
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    Re: Melodic "Keith" Style Compared to Scruggs Style.

    Then there is this guy .... Alan Munde. He seems to have the ability to "move it along."

    Ryk
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    Re: Advice on mellow, melodic tone banjo

    Here's David Holt reviewing 5 Vega~Deerings ... included is the Old Tyme Wonder. If you can't play before you pay this might help.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6wRhlSZZSU

    Have fun and good...
  23. Thread: Got 9 minutes?

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    Re: Got 9 minutes?

    Thanks for that Reser video ... and any others. The piece he plays at the end is Tiger Rag ... here's Sean Moyses doing it, along with Temptation. The joy of banjo playing is obvious from both...
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    Re: Classic style banjo

    A new site devoted to this style of playing has been put up by Rob MacKillop: http://rmbanjo.com. It's an excellent source, as is BMG Magazine from England: http://www.bmgmagazine.net.

    Tony...
  25. Thread: Welcome!

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    Re: Welcome!

    Many thanks Mike & Charlie!

    Ryk
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