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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Henry Saposnik, Klez-Kamp Road Show and The Tenor


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mstuartev - Posted - 04/20/2009:  12:20:34


I'm very much a novice at the banjo (30+ years on the Guitar). Got a Deering Goodtime to noodle on and have made a half-baked attempt to learn Clawhammer.

I went to the Klez-Kamp road show concert here in Madison, Henry Saposnik's long time Klezmer project. I'm not a huge fan of klezmer, but I had a blast. Madison's own, Yid Vicious played a brief set of their quirky Klez-influenced musical stew, as well as the Kezmer Arkestra. Henry S. just wailed on a tenor banjo, and I was really knocked out by the sound - PLUS I've always been a bit of a rhythm player.

Some reading of posts illustrate that one could drop the 5th string and play tenor on a 5 string banjo... which I think I'll do. Any other sage advice is alway appreciated.

MArk Evans

NYCJazz - Posted - 04/20/2009:  12:38:55


I will check the Klez-kamp out. I love klezmer!

You can easily drop the 5th string and play plectrum, which is very similar but different tuning (CGBD vs CGDA for tenor). I haven't heard a way to tune like a tenor on the longer scale neck.





You don''t need any brains to listen to music. ~ Luciano Pavarotti

joedavis - Posted - 04/20/2009:  14:23:35


many years ago, during his long bluegrass hiatus, bill keith played with the kweskin jug band and, if i am not mistaken. played a 5-string in 4-string style.

mando1946 - Posted - 04/21/2009:  15:17:43


hey Joe,

Sure it wasn't a tenor? He played that before 5-string, if I'm not mistaken


Edited by - mando1946 on 04/21/2009 15:18:22

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