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Banjo Tune List Suggestion with Photos

Posted by yellowdog on Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I struggled for years to come up with a good way of putting a tune list on my banjo. When I was learning to play (and I still am but who isn't), I used the tune list to remind myself to practice certain tunes. Then as I got better the problem wasn't that the list was too short but that it was too long and I couldn't figure out a good way to both attach it and still read it. Later when I started to entertain I had the added problem of how to read the list quickly without the audience looking too long at the top of my head. (WARNING: Never stick your tune list to the back of your banjo because when you hold up your banjo in front of your face to read it your audience will think you are hiding... ("Where did his head go?") It took me 59 years of playing the banjo but I have finally figured out the best way to create a tune list, print it, attach it, modify it, file it, update it, and see it clearly at a glance. I depend on it completely, not only for tunes to play but for what to say during an entire one hour solo show. (It's wonderful if your memory is shot!) I'm delighted to share my ideal solution to the well-known "Tune List Problem" and, believe it or not, it is a LEAF SPRING! It is nothing more than four to six long "tune cards" (printed on card stock) which are held together firmly at the ends by two common paper clamps. This makes everything a leaf spring because when it is bent in a curve to attach it to the banjo the lever arms on the paper clamps are pushed by the leaf spring effect firmly under the banjo's hooks to keep everything firmly in place on the banjo. A yellow background makes it highly visible at a glance. Check out my two pictures of it that I've posted in the "Photos" section of this blog. Just click on the "Photos" button above my picture. You can probably read the list in the close up pic. I've also discussed the list including its contents and "tune list management" in some detail in a recent blog entry on the "Blog" page of my website, While you're there please check out my latest photos and descriptions of my banjo tone amps on the "Products" page. I'm done. Now what? ... Where's my "To Do" list?

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