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ibgrimme - Posted - 05/15/2009:  16:12:50


the melody drops off the melody string into the lower ones?

Hey all you people that tryin'' to sleep
I''m out to make it with my midnight dream, yeah

NYCJazz - Posted - 05/15/2009:  18:26:32


I just keep going. If it's a chord I'm playing. I just stay on three strings. I play single string all the way to low C.

Are you playing tenor or plectrum? What style of music are you playing?





The Banjo savors strongly of the plantations through which the back streets of New York City run. ~ Joel Chandler Harris, 1883

Polle Flaunoe - Posted - 05/16/2009:  02:52:47


Matt,

I see, that you´re a plectrum player.

As Nathan says - if you´re playing chord melody style - stay on 3 strings. You´ll have to have the melody string on top.

Striking only 1, 2 or 3 strings (without hitting the rest) will need a little or a lot of practice - LOL!

Kindly regards

Polle

ibgrimme - Posted - 05/16/2009:  03:48:21


I try to work rock tunes out of the Vega tenor in the pic, tuned to plectrum. Appreciate it, guys, there was much confusion here

Hey all you people that tryin'' to sleep
I''m out to make it with my midnight dream, yeah


Edited by - ibgrimme on 05/16/2009 06:12:32

ibgrimme - Posted - 05/17/2009:  16:21:36


The reason for the music selection here is not to be a rock star; there are others MUCH more suited to that. I just use tunes that I'm familiar with in my head (and on the harp) to tell if I'm even close to attempting this correctly. I know there are a lot of older traditional songs that many play on these instruments, but I seriously just don't know them (Camptown Races the exception) or know them well enough to tell if they're even being done right or if I am totally screwing them up. I find this to be all almost like typing, slow to get accuracy then work on speed. I'm very slow right now on this instrument, but I realize that if I stick with it things might work out. I can't see spending the time and $$ to repair this thing just to have it be a shrine to my late uncle, who from what I'm told COULD play it, but he got killed 33 years before I was born so I can't consult him and noone else in the family plays strings, and the musicians I know are too busy right now doing their thing to teach school.

Hey all you people that tryin'' to sleep
I''m out to make it with my midnight dream, yeah


Edited by - ibgrimme on 05/17/2009 16:31:36

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