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Is it me or my banjo?

Posted by john leary on Thursday, May 12, 2011

Well, I tried to play the banjo a couple of times yesterday but it just wasn't happening. Everything I tried to play was simply awful. So I decided it probably needed some TLC, which I must admit, hadn't had for a long time.

So last night I changed the strings, polished the chrome and woodwork, raised the arm rest, readjusted the bridge, slightly tightened the skin and re-adjusted the action, then went to the pub.

This mornings practice went superbly.

Isn't that weird?

I've heard of this happening to other people. So the question is:-

Am I the weirdo or the banjo?

I know the banjo is a different animal to other musical instruments! Or is it that us banjo players are weird and different to other musicians?

4 comments on “Is it me or my banjo?”

tgaryc Says:
Thursday, May 12, 2011 @6:26:24 AM

thats the way of the banjo, the change in the weather makes a big difference in the set up. and you need to know what you want as far as playability and tone. I went to a jam once and tried to play and the head was so loose the strings hit the frets, and I had just played it the day before and everything was OK, go figure that. Best of luck Gary C

Banjo Island Says:
Thursday, May 12, 2011 @11:34:15 AM

I used to notice this effect. Not often these days though, thankfully. I always put it down to new skills "settling in"

But I do agree about banjo players being weird, and different to musicians.

stanger Says:
Sunday, May 15, 2011 @12:09:58 AM

Check the placement of your bridge. Bridges can get bumped out of correct placement easily while you are playing, and I've found a little 'out' can make for strange goings-on with the banjo.

Grumps Says:
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @3:43:55 PM

Well John, you definitely ARE a trifle wierd & just don't go blaming that lovely 'jo of yours, 'never EVER heard of a wierd banjo!! :-)

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