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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Banjo Mute as a musical device.


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CEB - Posted - 03/31/2019:  16:46:27


I've had a Gold Tone mute for a longtime but never really used it much at all. I put it on my arch top today  and really liked the effect. It sound kind of like a cross between a guitar and a sitar or something. I'm getting the urge to record something with this setup. Hamer ons work really well.


Edited by - CEB on 03/31/2019 16:48:01

malarz - Posted - 03/31/2019:  17:43:51


I like my Richelieu mute. When in full position over the bridge the banjo has the sound of a 4 string harp. Something different.

dupreejan - Posted - 03/31/2019:  19:12:53


Yeah, for many songs the mute sounds better than playing without one. Just like tuning down to open E.

Brian Murphy - Posted - 03/31/2019:  20:05:05


The Goldtone Banjola sounds, to me, like a muted bluegrass banjo. The Banjola works well for accompanying a vocalist. No reason a muted banjo would not sound the same. I think I have tried almost every mute out there. Mike's Banjo Mute is the best I have tried.  More even in its muting across all strings.  There is one bridge I have that it doesn't want to really grip (because of the curvature on the bottom side of the bridge).  But these are very high quality marital aids :-)   

trussrod - Posted - 04/01/2019:  08:20:06


Don't forget the regular rubber violin mute for 4-stringers. Costs 5 or 6 bucks and can be found in most music stores. Gives your banjo a guitar-like sound. Eddie Peabody recorded a few songs with one.

trussrod - Posted - 04/01/2019:  08:40:26


Here is a nice demonstration of muted banjo by Ken Aoki.
I am dismayed that many of his posts have been re-posted at much lower resolution.

youtube.com/watch?v=OaTOlzKK0As

kmwaters - Posted - 04/02/2019:  09:07:47


Mike's is great but since it is a straight bar it requires the bridge to also be straight and not arched or compensated.

malarz - Posted - 04/02/2019:  09:14:26


I ordeed a mute from Mike. His didn’t fit on the bridge I have from Steve Caddick. Mike very graciously accepted its return.

Rawhide Creek - Posted - 04/02/2019:  10:57:13


quote:

Originally posted by trussrod

Don't forget the regular rubber violin mute for 4-stringers. Costs 5 or 6 bucks and can be found in most music stores. Gives your banjo a guitar-like sound. Eddie Peabody recorded a few songs with one.






There is a variety of different violin mutes out there.  The one I think you refer to is the Tourte mute.



On my “to do” list is trying (with modification if necessary) a Sihon mute.  I have several around.

WayneConrad - Posted - 04/11/2019:  22:22:24


What a neat idea, using the mute not just for quietness, but to change the sound.

There's a makeshift mute I sometimes use, which is a piece of paper towel folded and rolled into a cylinder. I shove it between the strings and the head, up against the bridge. As well as muting the banjo and causing intonation problems up the neck, it has a neat side-effect: It gives the banjo a wonderful wooden sound, kind of marimba-like. It's such a neat sound that I want to have a banjo purpose-made with that sound, if such a thing is possible.

John Gribble - Posted - 05/08/2019:  01:28:02


quote:

Originally posted by trussrod

Here is a nice demonstration of muted banjo by Ken Aoki.

I am dismayed that many of his posts have been re-posted at much lower resolution.



youtube.com/watch?v=OaTOlzKK0As






That was very sweet.



I think Bill Keith played some muted banjo solo with the Jim Kweskin Jug Band.


Edited by - John Gribble on 05/08/2019 01:29:18

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