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Banjo at church

Posted by Dean Shipwash on Sunday, December 30, 2007

I played guitar for about 5years But loved banjo so I made the jump to banjo. We have alot of guitar at church and 1 new banjo man!!

8 comments on “Banjo at church”

laojim Says:
Sunday, December 30, 2007 @3:57:39 PM

Bless you my son. Anything that will reduce the number of guitars strummed in churches is much appreciated. It was all the rage in the seventies when it was thought to be modern.

clio Says:
Sunday, December 30, 2007 @8:30:58 PM

A banjo played right is too rowdy, loud, and cheerful for most churches, don't you think?

Cottonmouth Says:
Sunday, December 30, 2007 @9:59:28 PM

Good for you! We have had as many as two at a time before for informal services and are well received. I had the pleasure of playing mandolin in church this morning as I do each Christmas Sunday. Our choir takes a day off and a few of us musicians play all of the service music. This morning we had harp, guitar, octave mandolin, mandolin, doghouse bass, flute and clarinet; we played mostly carols and hymns.

FiddlerFaddler Says:
Sunday, December 30, 2007 @11:26:39 PM

It is good to counterbalance the guitars with other instruments.  When my church hosts a summer Bible conference we get up to three banjo players from Wisconsin through the Carolinas to show up to do their own arrangements or help form ad hoc ensembles.  The banjo is great for church because it is loud enough to be heard over the organ and piano, and it be used as a soloist or accompanying instrument.  Also, unlike the piano and organ, it is portable, so you can take it anywhere the saints go.

Too rowdy?  Musically, one of the rowdiest churches I ever visited didn't use any instruments!  The banjo can be played in a variety of ways, many of which are not rowdy.  One of my favorites is to provide accompaniment rolls.  Frailing would work too, and I hope to learn to do that some day.

Too cheerful?  Most services aren't funerals, so one would be hard pressed to be excessively cheerful.

laojim Says:
Sunday, December 30, 2007 @11:44:11 PM

He's right. Church of Christ can get wonderfully lively and rowdy without any banjo. Most churches could use a litttle liveliness. You realize, don't you , that one of the first things the reformed church did in Scotland was stamp out the custom of using bagpipes in the church.....surely they would have done the same with the banjo...but that was long ago and far away.

A Rich Taylor Says:
Monday, December 31, 2007 @4:33:03 AM

I have it on high authority...that God likes the banjo!!!

KevinP Says:
Monday, December 31, 2007 @5:53:48 AM

I play an electric banjo in church, along with a guitar and piano. Most people seem to like it, at least I haven't had any complaints but have had several compliments.

frailin Says:
Monday, December 31, 2007 @9:53:16 AM

Yessirree!  You PLAY that banjer at church!  It's even written about in the Bible!  Psalm 150!  Here's a quote from "The Message" (a rewrite in modern language):

Praise God in His holy house of worship, praise Him under the open skies;
Praise Him for His acts of power, praise Him for His magnificent greatness;
Praise with a blast on the trumpet, praise by strumming soft strings;
Praise Him with castanets and dance, praise Him with banjo and flute;
Praise Him with cymbals and a big bass drum, praise Him with fiddles and mandolin.
Let every living, breathing creature praise God!

Psalm 150 - From "The Message"

CRE adds - I especially like the banjo, fiddle and mandolin references!

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