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PitMan - Posted - 06/28/2019:  13:00:22


Hi everyone. Old guy here, primarily a guitarist, accomplished pit musician of all styles, been doubling on 4-string (Chicago tune) in shows for many years. Had a Paramount C tenor, but primarily used a 5-string with the peg pulled. I have a 3-week gig on "Crazy for You" coming up, so I finally said enough is enough. Bit the bullet and bought a high-quality used (modern day) plectrum beauty. Looking forward to learning and contributing.

MoJoBanjo - Posted - 06/28/2019:  14:48:48


Welcome PitMan! And congrats on the new purchase. Post pics when you can. You're now part of a great community.

djangonut - Posted - 06/30/2019:  04:51:47


I love doing musicals - especially "Crazy for You". Great pad. I've done lots of musicals, guitar, doubling banjo. Here in UK not many banjo players read, and not many guitarists double on banjo - so I got the gigs! It took some time to cope with playing, reading the music, watching the conductor, and being aware of what's happening on stage. I'm just used to doing my own thing as a rhythm section player in a jazz band. Totally different discipline. At first I couldn't cope with the conductor's downbeat. I remember I had to play a short solo intro for "The farmer and the cowman should be friends" in the musical "Oklahoma". "DaDa De Da Da Da." I asked the conductor if he would count 12 1234 to give me some idea of the tempo he wanted. All the other musicians in the pit thought that was hilarious. I still think that that single downbeat from the conductor didn't give me much of an idea of how fast to play that intro!

PitMan - Posted - 07/01/2019:  06:37:21


quote:

Originally posted by djangonut

I love doing musicals - especially "Crazy for You". Great pad. I've done lots of musicals, guitar, doubling banjo. Here in UK not many banjo players read, and not many guitarists double on banjo - so I got the gigs! It took some time to cope with playing, reading the music, watching the conductor, and being aware of what's happening on stage. I'm just used to doing my own thing as a rhythm section player in a jazz band. Totally different discipline. At first I couldn't cope with the conductor's downbeat. I remember I had to play a short solo intro for "The farmer and the cowman should be friends" in the musical "Oklahoma". "DaDa De Da Da Da." I asked the conductor if he would count 12 1234 to give me some idea of the tempo he wanted. All the other musicians in the pit thought that was hilarious. I still think that that single downbeat from the conductor didn't give me much of an idea of how fast to play that intro!






I started from the age of 8 playing wind instruments in orch/band under conductors.  So when I picked up guitar at age 10, I already knew how to follow conductors and play in the groove.  The trick is to be able to look at the music and see the conductor at the same time, out of the "corner of your eye."

G Edward Porgie - Posted - 07/01/2019:  09:46:08


I like your name. I spent the first eight years of my life in Pitman, N.J. I still have relatives there.

mike gregory - Posted - 07/01/2019:  09:54:01


Welcome to the HangOut.

PitMan - Posted - 07/02/2019:  08:42:51


Thanks for the welcomes. One thing I know nothing about is banjo construction. The pros & cons of different kinds of rims, heads, rods, tails, neck joints, etc. (I bought a Richelieu, figuring it should be pretty good, regardless. Will arrive tomorrow.) Family will be visiting for the holiday weekend, can't wait to strum a few changes on it for them.


Edited by - PitMan on 07/02/2019 08:43:27

PitMan - Posted - 07/03/2019:  12:57:47


Richelieu plectrum arrived today, pretty awesome. There's a slight relief, action seems just a bit high. What is a normal action at, say, 12th fret? Came with a big mute clipped in place, cool. Also, there's a little thumb-sized gizmo clipped to the lower right edge of the rim. Any idea what that is?

parlour player - Posted - 07/03/2019:  15:37:32


Pick holder?

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