So, I'm back from Ireland and didn't end up packing a travel banjo. I thought I would have fun looking for one there. I did.
However, there were not really any travel-sized 5-string banjos to be found and I was completely confused by the 4-string options. There are different strings, different tunings, different songs.
i had a blast roving all the music stored in Ireland and messing around a bit, but I just couldn't decide on whether to stick with what I'm doing or try to learn something new. In the end, I gave up and just checked out some really amazing scenery and spent my money on crystal for my mom.
Friday, April 20, 2012 @8:40:50 AM
Sounds like a fun trip. Welcome back to the states!!
Friday, April 20, 2012 @9:10:39 AM
Thanks! It was fun. I recommend Ireland as a banjo destination.
Max Sand Says:
Friday, April 20, 2012 @4:49:07 PM
Yeah Ireland's great. Did you get down to my hometown, it's about 15km south of Dublin. The town is Bray, nestled in the Wicklow Hills (where Johnny Cash family is from btw) looking out on the Irish Sea. Left there in 2005 to come to Toronto.
The banjo's you were looking at were Tenor Banjo, totally different animal from what we play. They sound great though.
Saturday, April 21, 2012 @5:07:05 AM
I did get to Bray! Lovely!
I kept trying to decide whether to learn the tenor. Almost did. In the end, I've still got so much learning on the 5-string. I'll wait.
Max Sand Says:
Saturday, April 21, 2012 @6:20:06 AM
Yeah Shelly i think sticking with one thing till you get it right is the best plan. I switched to Clawhammer early in the game because i love that sound. Down the road though I would still like to learn Scruggs style and Tenor. First Things First! Hey, I hope you got to my favourite pub in Bray, The Harbour Bar. It was voted Lonely Planet's Best Pub in the world.
Monday, April 23, 2012 @4:27:47 AM
Lucky girl I would love to go to Ireland some day, glad you had a great trip.
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