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Banjo camp this Friday. Which banjo to take?

Posted by Kevin G on Sunday, May 30, 2010

The dilemma of the week: I have two resonator banjos and an open back Deering Vega Old Tyme Wonder.  All of the playing I've done in the past 4 years has been Bluegrass-style, but the Midwest Banjo camp offers classes in both bluegrass and old-time. My nicest banjo is the Deering (I won it here in the monthly contest), but I don't play it as often because it's designed for Clawhammer. I'd like to take one banjo, and I'd like to participate in classes for both styles, so that I finally make a little progress with Clawhammer. Should I take the Deering only, and just re-tune? Or should I take one of my other, more familiar banjos? Is it difficult to play CH-style without the cut-out on the neck?

(Of course, this isn't really a problem, but I'd appreciate advice from anyone who's been to a banjo camp before!)

Thanks for your advice!


5 comments on “Banjo camp this Friday. Which banjo to take?”

Texasbanjo Says:
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @9:54:48 AM

If you've got room for 2 banjos, take 2 -- one for bluegrass and one for clawhammer.

Last band camp I went to I took one banjo, one guitar and one mandolin -- oh, and my husband's acoustic bass -- and we played all of them during the camp at jams, etc.

rickshunter1 Says:
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @10:32:34 AM

I have never went but you will wish you brought them all after you get there

TopCat Says:
Monday, May 31, 2010 @6:57:58 AM

Ooh, I'm not sure Kevin as I don't know much about clawhammer...but really I am pretty sure you could play either style on either banjo, even if it's not the ideal model. I agree with Sherry above that the ideal solution is to take both but presume that maybe this is not possible (are you flying rather than driving)? Anyway, I'm sure you will love, love, LOVE the experience of camp, so have a great time my friend. And I'm expecting one of your excellent blogs as a report after you come back (or perhaps as one of the new "articles"). ;o)

Kevin G Says:
Monday, May 31, 2010 @8:09:41 AM

You've all convinced me--I'm taking my primary daily banjo (the trusty Epiphone) AND the Deering Vega OTW. It is a driving trip, but I was hoping to make it easy on myself by only having to schlep one banjo around the place. But who cares? How often do I go to these things anyway? Now the problem is choosing workshops. It looks as if they've put together a tremendous program!
I'm hoping to blog from the event, if time allows, and we'll see whether I come back with enough content for an article. Thanks for the kind wishes.

Horseshoot Says:
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 @7:38:59 AM

I am looking forward to hearing about your experience! Mike

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