Thanks for checking this blog. - Especially if you read my recent post under "Banjo Setup and Repair" which explains how to improve the volume and sound quality of your banjo with a simple paper business card and some Scotch Tape to stick it to the side of the banjo's prg head. An simple explanation of why it works was included.
Not surprisingly, readers of the post were highly skeptical or thought that I was crazy, even though this is such an easy thing to prove at very little expense, even if one doesn't already have a business card and the type of tape required. ( The tape is Scotch Brand High Gloss Transparent Tape which probably cost less than $3 at your local supermarket or hardware store). The post was dated 29 Nov 2022 if you want to read it.
The post was based on a recent (largely accidental) discovery of mine, probably hundreds of experiments. my six patents related to musical sound, my BS from West Point and MS Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California, several years of teaching Mechanical Engineering to West Point Seniors, 26 years of experience as a professional solo tenor banjo entertainer and 73 years experience playing the tenor banjo, (I'm 85).
My last post on Nov 39, 2022 was my final explanation and, as before, almost all comments were negative and absurd expressions of disbelief with very few questions. It is no wonder why banjo players in general are portrayed as lacking common sense.
I've decided not to waste my time posting my future discoveries on BHO.
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THEN: Born and grew up in Brunswick, Georgia on the coast. After high school I went one year to Georgia Tech in Atlanta and then to West Point where I graduated in 1960. After a 20 year Army Career in Infantry and Ordnance Corps I retired from the Army and sold computer and engineering software and services for a number of companies and did some part-time college-level math teaching and tutoring. Along the way and later I performed professionally as a tenor banjo soloist/vocalist for over 26 years in the Atlanta, Georgia area - mostly putting on one-hour solo shows for seniors by playing and singing old popular "hits" often called "America's Songbook". I also include a few early jazz, blues, country, and unusual tin pan alley tunes and included short, interesting anecdotes between tunes about the old performers, composers and times. For seven years until 2015 I also played Irish style tenor banjo on a GDAE tenor before losing interest and going back to playing old American hits using chord melody on my CGDA tuned Gibson tenor, tenor guitar and violin. NOW: Arthritis and a broken left hip in 2015 (which resulted in a loss of feeling in my left hand fingertips) effectively stopped my banjo playing, but the feeling is returning to my fingertips and I now enjoy playing for my own entertainment and making and selling sound improvement attachments to banjos, guitars and violins from my website. I enjoy reading non-fiction, especially related to new discoveries in science, new inventions and methods which were used to advance knowledge. Several years ago I wrote a 30-page book (PDF file) titled "Build Any Chord, Anywhere" for tenor banjos and other fifths-tuned instruments which uses a unique color graphics approach to understand and build chords. The first part of the book explains the basics of chord theory so is applicable to any chord instrument but the focus is toward instruments tuned CGDA or GDAE. Prior knowledge of music isn't necessary to use the methods in the book. You can download the book free at the downloads page of my website. This year (2021) I've invented two new, inexpensive mechanical sound improvement attachments for bowed instruments (such as violins and violas) and picked instruments such as guitars, banjos, and mandolins., I will posr details on my website when they are ewady for sale. Prices will be around $20. All use Surface Acoustic Wave Technology, are guaranteed and come with an explanation of how they work. I've learned a lot from BHO members and hope I can help others by sharing what I've learned about sound mechanics.
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