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Sliding from 2nd to 3rd fret on 3rd string

Posted by tc57 on Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I have a question regarding sliding from the 2nd to 3rd fret on the 3rd string.  My banjo is in tune but when I do this slide the tone sounds slightly off.  If I slide to the 4th fret the tonal quality is much better, but in reading the majority of bluegrass tablature, the slide is from the 2nd to the 3rd fret.

Does anyone have any suggestions?  Again, my banjo is in tune, but the slide sounds better going to the 4th fret rather than the 3rd fret.

Thanks



4 comments on “Sliding from 2nd to 3rd fret on 3rd string”

PruchaLegend Says:
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 @9:06:30 PM

You'll get more answers for this if you post it on a forum. That being said, there is also a lot of tab that shows that slide from the 2nd to the 4th fret. I've read that is because it's that way in Earl's book and people simply followed it although the slide should be from the 2nd to the 3rd as this sounds better. Sounds like sliding from the 2nd to the 4th fret sounds better to you. In that case, that's what I'd do.

tc57 Says:
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 @10:07:42 PM

Thanks. After I posted it to my Blog, I posted it on the forum and have received some suggestions. From your response I guess there is no real right or wrong way to do the slide but rather what sounds good to the banjo player.

I appreciate your suggestion. Thanks again.

Oalbrets Says:
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 @7:38:40 AM

How about trying a hammer on the 2nd and 3rd fret. How does it sound then?

spinley Says:
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 @2:35:30 PM

Tom I think you will find that when that 2 to 3 slide happens you should be hitting another string at the same time the slide happens. That changes the sound of the slide .
Stuart

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