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MTPiper - Posted - 09/16/2007:  18:16:37

I have been playing mando, octave mando and zook for the last year and a half after concentrating on GHB for the 14 years. I have been having a blast and then had the urge to purchase a used beginners tenor banjo. (A Gold Tone CC) Not really knowing what I was getting into other then knowing that I planned on tuning it GDAE so that I could try to work it into our local session group.
After I had the banjo shipped to me, I noticed the strings were very corroded. I replaced each string one at a time as to not move the bridge. Having a difficult time keeping the thing tuned. I have tightened the head a bit from reading an article on Banjo Wizard website. Still having a difficult time keeping it in tune. I tuned it as best I could and then let it sit a week to let the strings stretch some. Worked on it again today and not much better results. The A and E string are not bad, but D is not great and seems to have a mind of its own. G, well that one just hates me. Seems like I can tune it and then when I fret anywhere, it sounds like crap. I have tried to make sure the bridge is set at the right location. 12th fret seems to be in tune and one octave higher. I have come to the conclusion that I should take it to the local man to have the thing set up and them talk to him about some basic lessons.
One question that I have. Is it a complete sin to rest the right hand pinkie on the head? Maybe I have picked up some bad habits from playing Octave mando.
I would appreciate any help or encouragement that you can pass along.

Edited by - MTPiper on 09/16/2007 21:52:02

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