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tuning heads

Posted by peter somerville on Saturday, June 19, 2010

i was chatting to a local banjo maker today- steve grundy. he's discovered if you sing in the back of you banjo(take resonator off if it's not an open back), it will resonate loudly at the pitch that matches the note the head is tightened to. it really seems to work! just start on a low note and gradually sing higher til you hit a note that makes a much louder volume (if you're bored this is also great fun to try in a small room at home,eg the bathroom). am i mad or is this an easy to find the note that the head is tightened to? i could never work it out by tapping it. i hope some members might try this out and let me know what they think. hold you hand over the strings to stop them vibrating and beware, some onlookers may think you're a little strange!


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