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Tony Palmer


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Post  Posted 11 Aug 2019 11:10 am    
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This is what provoked my question:

https://youtu.be/ogDa1KuuTLs
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Fred Treece


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Post  Posted 11 Aug 2019 12:15 pm    
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He must have lost a bet.
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Larry Lenhart


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Post  Posted 13 Aug 2019 5:24 am    
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I just sold my Deering 6 string...I really enjoy the sound of a tenor banjo or plectrum banjo,,,Eddie Peabody music I called it...and I was hoping to get that sound out of the 6 string without relearning all the chords, but for whatever reason, it just didnt have that sound I was hoping for.

So, in answer to your original question, if you want a 5 string banjo sound, buy a 5 string banjo and learn to play it Earl Scruggs style ...if you want a tenor banjo sound, buy a tenor banjo. The 6 string banjo, for me, just didnt do anything for me.
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Post  Posted 13 Aug 2019 6:14 am    
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I keep writing snarky comments and then deleting them. Sorry, I just can't help myself. Rolling Eyes
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Tom Keller


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Greeneville, TN, USA
Post  Posted 13 Aug 2019 6:16 am    
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No a thousand times no to the 6 string banjo!
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Fred Treece


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Post  Posted 13 Aug 2019 7:51 am    
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Bring on the snark. The topic has been fair game forever.
All due respect, that Keith Urban video is a pathetic example of the banjitar’s possibilities. Try this one instead.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MbpHOlaYP5k
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Chris Walke


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St Charles, IL
Post  Posted 14 Aug 2019 7:22 am    
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Dom Franco wrote:
I have a six string Banjo or "Bantar" as it's called.
I replaced the low "E" and "A" strings with unwound strings tuned an octave or 2 higher.

It works reasonable well for some background tracks since I don't have a 5 string anymore.

strumming bar chords up the fretboard with a flat pick I can simulate an old timey 4 string for some Dixieland songs.



Interesting idea. I always thought doing some sorta thing like a Nashville- or high-strung tuning on one of those would be cool. Give some of the octave jumps, while also allowing for some droning type of sounds. Could be interesting.
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Fred Treece


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Post  Posted 14 Aug 2019 12:43 pm    
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Hmm, alternate tunings...
Sometimes I wonder if my posts even show up. Does that ever happen to you? If you play a 6-string banjo in the forest and a tree falls on it, does that mean you have perfect pitch?
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Charlie McDonald


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Post  Posted 14 Aug 2019 1:14 pm    
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Nora Jones is on AXS. She has a banjo player. I wondered at that.

The six-string banjo explained it.
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Barry Blackwood


Post  Posted 15 Aug 2019 7:42 am    
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Hmm, alternate tunings...

Wasn't Tommy Tedesco known for this type of thing? Confused
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Fred Treece


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Post  Posted 15 Aug 2019 8:05 am    
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Barry Blackwood wrote:
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Hmm, alternate tunings...

Wasn't Tommy Tedesco known for this type of thing? Confused

Yes, sort of. He tuned 4-string (or 8-string double-course) instruments the same as a guitar’s top 4 strings, 3-string instruments to the top 3, etc. There is no time to learn odd tunings when you are sight-reading. The producer is just looking for the sound and the composer has written what notes to play.
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Post  Posted 15 Aug 2019 8:25 am    
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Fred Treece wrote:
Barry Blackwood wrote:
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Hmm, alternate tunings...

Wasn't Tommy Tedesco known for this type of thing? Confused

Yes, sort of. He tuned 4-string (or 8-string double-course) instruments the same as a guitar’s top 4 strings, 3-string instruments to the top 3, etc. There is no time to learn odd tunings when you are sight-reading.

That's why my ukulele is a baritone. Same notes as the top 4 guitar strings. Still sounds like a ukulele.
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