Posted by Stev187 on Thursday, February 1, 2007
Well, this is night 3 with the fretless banjo. I haven't had too many opportunities to play it. For one thing, the larger pot makes it pretty darn loud, so I can't play after everyone goes to bed. I haven't stuffed the head yet, and I may not.
I put the Renaissance head on after painting the inside a bit (see pics). Now I see what the fuss is all about. That's a fantastic sound! I can tell that this is the head for the banjo, hands down.
I tuned the fretless to open D and messed around with a few tunes. I even made one tape to document my initial skill level. I've posted two tunes, "Rockingham Cindy" and "Barlow Knife." They sound better on the tape than they felt when I was playing.
While I was playing, I felt inept and out of tune. The recordings aren't so bad, though. Intonation is rough in spots, and you can tell that I don't know the instrument. Also, I think I rush both the tunes.
I am going to post to the "Sound Off" thread to get some reaction to the two tracks.
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