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Playing Since: 1962

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Occupation: Professional Musician and Gold Tone Retailer

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cello banjo, sitar, lute-banjo and others

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Cooley's Reel/Cluck Old Hen ~ 4str cello banjo

Posted by Paul Roberts

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Size: 7,611kb, uploaded 2/3/2009 6:43:12 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Other

Here is a demonstration of some of the possible tuning ranges of the 4-string cello banjo. I'm playing a Gold Tone CEB-4. Irish tenor/octave mandolin tuning: GDAE Cello tuning: CGDA Double Octave: GDAE (one octave lower than Irish tenor) Cycling through, in the above order, I play a major scale before Cooley's Reel, followed by Cluck Old Hen. The whole theatrical routine takes 6.5 minutes. I'd be very interested in hearing your response.

2 comments on “Cooley's Reel/Cluck Old Hen ~ 4str cello banjo”

FiddlerFaddler Says:
Tuesday, February 3, 2009 @8:35:13 PM

You have raised the number of cello banjos on my long list of instruments that I cannot (yet) afford to buy to three.  I wonder if I can get a discount for a volume purchase...

They all sound WONDERFUL.  You coaxed the most penetratingly satisfying bass sounds out of the GDAE octave-below-tenor possible from a banjo.  You managed to get a rich tone and good sustain out of each of three different tunings.
Dustyone Says:
Sunday, February 22, 2009 @8:56:25 AM

Hi Paul

I never realized how great these Cello banjo's sound?  That's great Music ! and well played may I add


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