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Disclaimers et al.

Posted by benhockenberry on Monday, September 3, 2007

I'm a relative newbie on banjo who doesn't play at sessions much.  I've been playing five-string for about 2 years, starting on clawhammer and moving on to Irish plectrum-style, still keeping on the 5-string.  While I appreciate that a tenor is more of a melody instrument, and so suits Irish session playing in a very melody-driven environment, I like to be able to move back and forth between accompanying styles and melody playing when I like.  5-string just makes sense, and it doesn't require buying a new instrument...:)

My papa is also on the hangout...I gave him one of my old banjos, and he's been making great progress learning bluegrass-style!  So between us we could play most tunes...[grin]

2 comments on “Disclaimers et al.”

TomJoad Says:
Tuesday, October 30, 2007 @12:18:30 PM

I play in the trad Irish music sessions here in Manchester, England. A short necked tenor banjo would be easier for Irish music--the frets are not so widely spaced as on a five string. Easier for attaining speed don't you think?

benhockenberry Says:
Monday, November 12, 2007 @7:12:12 PM

Very true!  Another plus of the tenor is that you get basically an entire extra string to play with -- having to rearrange songs to have a D base kills a lot of the fun Scots tunes.  But I think the real reason is I have to keep myself from buying a third banjo...for at least a couple more years!  [grin]

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