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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Tenor Banjo/Jazz Sitting position

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mrodbell - Posted - 08/14/2021:  02:44:19


I’ve been trying to get more comfortable with strumming/tremolo.

I’m finding that things get a bit easier when positioning the banjo at around a 45 degree angle. This seems to allow freer and tension free motion on my right arm.

I’d watched Buddy Wachter’s instructional video and suspect that this position might make more sense than having something closer to a parallel alignment of the neck & my body.

Has anyone seen good instruction on sitting/standing posture wrt Jazz tenor/plectrum playing?

G Edward Porgie - Posted - 08/14/2021:  08:00:42

Many of the old instruction books recommend 45 degress or thereabouts.

I've found this position not only aids the right hand, but also makes left hand positionig and fingering easier.

I do believe, however, that some people's anatomy might be better off with a slightly different position. We are not all built the same way.

tdennis - Posted - 08/14/2021:  11:51:54

Classical guitar position (45 degrees), is  good for finger facility, but also good for posture & prolonged performance.

Edited by - tdennis on 08/14/2021 11:52:37

mrodbell - Posted - 08/14/2021:  13:17:28

I don’t recall the classical guitar positioning being at 45 degrees on that plane (I’m thinking of the angle horizontal to the ground. Hard to describe entirely in words. Think of the head of the banjo pointing forward/left rather than completely left (for a right handed player).

G Edward Porgie - Posted - 08/14/2021:  19:15:07

I was speaking of 45 degrees in relation to the ground. That should be simple enough to figure out without too many words.

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