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psyched by new tenor

Sunday, May 29, 2011 @5:10:22 AM

Technically my tenor banjo isn't new, but it's new to me.  What's new is my playing the tenor at all.  I've always been a five-stringer, but arthritis is getting to my right hand and clawhammer has gotten annoying, if now painful. I can barely fingerpick the guitar any longer.  But a few years back I picked up the mandolin, my first experience with a pick, and really got to like it.  Now I'm flatpicking the guitar and, starting this weekend, the tenor.  Familiarity with the mandolin means I have somewhere to start -- both instruments re tuned in fifths.  Started out with tunes I knew, now I'm learning new stuff.   The eighty year-old instrument has a nice voice, and now I have a new one.

3 comments on “psyched by new tenor”

beetlegeist Says:
Sunday, May 29, 2011 @5:40:50 AM

The tenor banjo is very addictive. I bought one a few years ago and the sound was awful. It was a cheap banjo. I was, however, so addicted that I went out and bought a Deering special. Playing with a pick is a lot of fun and the sound is amazing. I hope you have a lot of fun with your tenor banjo.

raharris Says:
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @9:10:30 AM

Thanks Sons -- I couldn't agree more. I had great fun this weekend with my new instrument. It was beautiful outside but I don't think I spent more than a few minutes in the sun. Maybe I need to drag a chair outside?!

banjomikey Says:
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 @4:59:38 PM

Go Robert!!!

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