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Celtic Tunes on Nylon-Strung Tenor

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Dec 5, 2018 - 9:48:11 AM
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4015 posts since 12/3/2008

Nylon-strung 19-fret tenor banjo
Thumb and index finger up-picking

Another Jig Will Do (Irish slip jig)
Munster Buttermilk (Irish jig)
Tenpenny Bit (English country dance)
Orgies Nocturne (Breton gavotte)
O'Keefe's Slide (Irish slide)

Dec 5, 2018 - 1:05:35 PM

3517 posts since 10/13/2005

Nice playing! I like the sound! What banjo and what strings and what tuning.? I though if I ever went back to tenor I would experiment with nylon strings as I like both the sound and feel more often than steel strings. banjered

Dec 5, 2018 - 1:47:11 PM

1884 posts since 1/21/2003

Nicely played Paul and nice to hear you again.

Dec 5, 2018 - 1:59:31 PM

6133 posts since 6/27/2009

A wise person told me life is music ā€” the Celts sure know how to live. Toe-tapping and head rocking ā€” Iā€™m practically dancing!

Dec 6, 2018 - 9:46:16 AM

4015 posts since 12/3/2008

Thanks, RIck, hearing from you is like old times.

Janet, thanks for your comment. If anything I do can get you toe-tapping, head rocking and practically dancing, then I have achieved my highest purpose.

Tom, thanks for commenting; glad you enjoyed it. I'm playing a Soundbird, a custom Gold Tone tenor I designed out of my own needs and offer through my banjo business I needed a tenor optimized for nylon strings, and figured a 12" was the way to go in order to project the warm of tone I was searching for. It's a 19-fret.

I play the Soundbird on many YouTube videos, using various tuning ranges and different playing techniques.

I currently have it tuned to octave mandolin range, with the 4th string at A. From 4th to 1st it's ADAE.

The string gauges I'm using on this recording are:

4th = .042" silverwound nylon
3rd = .034" silverwound nylon (or .035", whichever I have around)
2nd = .040" plain nylon (third string classical guitar)
1st = .027" plain (light gauge first string classical guitar)

I've experimented quite a bit with gauges, and a lot depends on what range I'm playing in. I've gone down as low as F Bb F C, as in this tune:

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