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Playing Since: 1971
Experience Level: Purty Good
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Hohner HTB travel banjo
Bluegrass: Enjoyed Bill Monroe and the BG Boys, the BG Cardinals, and Country Gazette live, and Flatt and Scruggs and Stanley Brothers albums- and of course, I liked Foggy Mountain Breakdown- that helped motivate me to start banjo, cause it sounded so cool.
Tommy Jarrell, Fred Cockerham, Hobart Smith, Clarence Ashley, Wade Ward.
Sundry influences on my banjo playing and singing with banjo:
Burl Ives, Joan Baez, Elizabeth Cotten, John Hurt, Mike Seeger,
Pete Seeger, Chicago Blues, Blind Willie Johnson, Jimmy Reed,
Otis Redding, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Georgia Sea Island Singers.
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Last Visit 5/23/2013
Tuesday, January 01, 2013 @10:41:56 PM
The problem was that the thumb pick I bought to start Scruggs picking again was CLEAR. When you're as disorganized as I am, they have to have some kind of color to them. Clear blends in with EVERYTHING! So I didn't practice Scruggs for a while.
I had made a bridge out of a section from some beechwood salad tongs I found for cheap last year. A few days ago, I decided to take a bit off of the end of the treble end of the bridge and a bit off between the 5th string and the 4th string, and it really helped. (WARNING- this is a unique home-made bridge- it probably won't help YOURS!)
Anyway, the banjo is louder now, so I can play with less effort to get the same volume, and then dig in for accents- I find it very inspiring when an instrument allows me to do that, and so I've been playing way more clawhammer than normal. It's also clearer, yet still mellow sounding- it really sounds like a more expensive banjo than it is. Part of the inspiration is that during the Christmas season, I didn't use the banjo for gigs, since I don't really know any Christmas songs on the banjo!
Last time I was in a music store, I decided I needed a different thumb pick, and I decided on a white National- easier to find, and more comfortable too!
I tried Scruggs picking again with it last night. It really is fun, even if the only tune I can do right now is Cripple Creek! When I took off the picks and tried to clawhammer, it felt SO strange.
I'm going to either have to find my old Dunlop finger picks, or buy some new ones- I've been using Ernie Ball Picky Picks I bought to reverse for clawhammer. But I need a wider pick.
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