Posted by raharris on Sunday, May 29, 2011
Technically my tenor banjo isn't new, but it's new to me. What's new is my playing the tenor at all. I've always been a five-stringer, but arthritis is getting to my right hand and clawhammer has gotten annoying, if now painful. I can barely fingerpick the guitar any longer. But a few years back I picked up the mandolin, my first experience with a pick, and really got to like it. Now I'm flatpicking the guitar and, starting this weekend, the tenor. Familiarity with the mandolin means I have somewhere to start -- both instruments re tuned in fifths. Started out with tunes I knew, now I'm learning new stuff. The eighty year-old instrument has a nice voice, and now I have a new one.
Sunday, May 29, 2011 @5:40:50 AM
The tenor banjo is very addictive. I bought one a few years ago and the sound was awful. It was a cheap banjo. I was, however, so addicted that I went out and bought a Deering special. Playing with a pick is a lot of fun and the sound is amazing. I hope you have a lot of fun with your tenor banjo.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @9:10:30 AM
Thanks Sons -- I couldn't agree more. I had great fun this weekend with my new instrument. It was beautiful outside but I don't think I spent more than a few minutes in the sun. Maybe I need to drag a chair outside?!
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 @4:59:38 PM
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