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aikischmid - Posted - 09/24/2020:  18:38:10

Hi! So a coworker's husband's grandmother recently passed away, and somehow I ended up with this banjo. Does anyone know what brand it might be, or any information about it? Thanks very much for your expertise!

Bob Smakula - Posted - 09/25/2020:  04:05:19

Inexpensive asian made banjo from the 1970's or 1980's

mike gregory - Posted - 09/25/2020:  05:32:57

Not worth a lot to resell, but should be good enough to play and enjoy.

This guy (with a little help from his cat) will get you started.

Edited by - mike gregory on 09/25/2020 05:35:13

aikischmid - Posted - 09/25/2020:  05:46:26

Thanks Mike! Maybe it's a sign to learn me some banjo! I've played guitar and bass since I was a kid, and have developed a sincere appreciation of bluegrass over recent years. I'll have to give it some TLC and see where it leads!

mike gregory - Posted - 09/25/2020:  17:11:34

Well, then!
You already know your way around a fingerboard.
So, learn G, E minor, C, and D7, and there's your first ten thousand songs!
Foggy Mountain Breakdown is G, Em, G, Em G, D7, G.
Dueling Banjos opening is just a SCALE exercise:
B C D B C A B G A, while ALSO pinching the 1st & 5th strings.
And the FAST part is just variations on G, C, and D

banjonz - Posted - 09/26/2020:  12:33:55

I think that is much earlier then the 70/80's. Looks late 60's to me.

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