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Walking in the Parlor--gourd banjo

Posted by JanetB


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Size: 861kb, uploaded 9/10/2012 12:11:57 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

After recording with a fretted banjo I tried my small scale fretless gourd, too. I find getting all the notes challenging and think of the fiddle's challenge with a very short scale compared to a banjo.

5 comments on “Walking in the Parlor--gourd banjo”

Gordy Ohliger Says:
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 @8:56:56 AM

Hey there Janet....Didn't ya feel it sounded so much better on a Gourd banjar?
(I love that sound.)

JanetB Says:
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 @9:44:00 AM

I knew it wouldn't be too difficult to play those notes on the gourd (but no the up-the-neck intro) and I liked the sustained sound I got in that particular recording. I liked playing it on the fretted banjo, too. Thanks, Gordy, but I think your name lends a bias. :)

Gordy Ohliger Says:
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 @9:53:59 AM

Hah! Got's true!
(Smartsville! I'm one of the few that know where that is!)
PS~ In my reading of the 1800's descriptions; The players of the time used to revel in the looseness of the fretless neck. It creates a fluid sound. The notes have more life to em. Admittedly, it's not for everyone.

JanetB Says:
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 @10:38:35 AM

I know that just the slightest movement of my finger changes the pitch and this is a small scale neck, so the change is even more evident. But the slides are amazing!

goose Says:
Saturday, October 27, 2012 @3:39:23 PM

Was listening to this on robert browders website just a while ago..really love this one!..~

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