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OK, so Banjo 101

Posted by Ray_D on Thursday, April 9, 2009

Had a wonderful meeting with Cathy Moore (YAY CATHY!) who had a look at my ole an busted ResoTone and pronounced it fit for duty... Once I got the head tighten, bridge replaced, and restrung it with a fresh set.

Now the head tightening? no prob. Bounce a quarter off it. The bridge? Got a second hand one with a metal top for a buck. The Strings? yeah... not so good. Got 1-3 and 5 on no prob, all tuned up. Busted the 4th string... yes the thickest one... not once... but twice... SO! Clearly I'm doing something wrong here...

I had what sounded like a low "C" and attempted to tune it to the next higher but only got to the "B" before it snapped like the happy-on-the-outside/sad-on-the-inside lil clown that it was...

Any pointers?


Oh yeah, and I find that when I snap the head with a finger, the strings will sound... is that a good thing? or a bad thing?


<--- n00b

2 comments on “OK, so Banjo 101”

Ks_5-picker Says:
Friday, April 10, 2009 @5:37:05 AM

Hi Ray,if you got the 4th string to only need to go up to D.B is either just a half step lower than C OR nearly an octave higher than your low C.......If you're using a tuner,your 4th string and 1st will both be D(for G tuning),but they will be an octave apart......see?

Ray_D Says:
Friday, April 10, 2009 @6:37:58 AM

Nyeah, I think I finally spotted my problem; I was reading the packaging on the strings and not the study guide I'd chosen. Live and learn... Thanks Ks for the pointer!


Ray D

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