Today I got Earls Book in the mail and my Banjo mute! They are both great. Had a good practice...I find the mute works better on the smaller open back than on the resonator. Not sure why. It seems to fit it better.
Practicing with the metronome and trying to memorize more tunes. I was happy with my practice and now I have the mute I can resume practicing late at night again. :)
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @11:18:29 PM
Practicing late at night is good stuff! What mute did you get?
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @3:14:40 AM
I got the Mikes Mute :)
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @6:11:50 AM
I use my Mike's Mute just about every day as I usually practice while my wife is watching tv. Earl's book is a great resource, though not a beginner level book. Happy your practice is going well. Keep picking.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @6:21:09 AM
You don't say in what way the Mike's Mute has trouble fitting one of your banjos. On one of mine, there wasn't enough friction between the top of bridge and the bottom of the brass bar to keep it from slipping off all the time. Mike (of Mike's Mutes) wrote me that I could use sandpaper to scratch the bottom of the bar, where it contacts the bridge, length-wise. I did the same to the two aluminum feet that clamp the brass bar to the bridge, sanding scratches parallel to the bridge. This keeps the mute from slipping off.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @7:24:14 AM
It just seems to sound better on the smaller banjo. One of the strings gets a buzz going as though it is not tight enough but I did tighten it as much as I could.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @8:01:09 AM
Check that the mute sits on the bridge at a bit of an angle. The longitudinal access of the brass bar should be more parallel to the strings on the tailpiece side of the bridge, and therefore at an angle to the strings on the neck side of the bridge. The idea is that the bridge contacts the strings at the bridge, and possibly on the side of the bridge leading to the tail piece, but it never contacts the strings on the side of the bridge leading to the neck. I hope that makes sense, and that it helps. If it doesn't, then I'm out of ideas.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @8:03:21 AM
You can't edit or delete blog comments :( "Longitudinal access" should be "the axis of the bar that is aligned lengthwise to the bango's neck." That's awkward wording... I should just draw a picture.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @4:14:24 PM
That is great that you got a Mike's mute so you can practise in the evening more, it will add to the overall time that you have for practising so you will progress in your learning journey, and set yourself up for success by increasing your practising time.
Way to go Judith511!
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