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Mar 3, 2019 - 1:12:42 PM
4 posts since 3/3/2019

As a beginner I'm having trouble holding on to the banjo neck with my left hand as I change chords. My thumb keeps slipping. Is it just me or is there a secret to doing this successfully?

Mar 3, 2019 - 2:13:11 PM
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gtani7

USA

871 posts since 3/22/2017

are you using a strap sitting down or raising your foot on a stool to stabilize the pot? Do you have a neck heavy instrument?

Mar 3, 2019 - 4:45:26 PM

4 posts since 3/3/2019

No strap. Sitting on a regular chair with the banjo on my right thigh. I believe the neck is normal weight.

Mar 3, 2019 - 5:25:43 PM
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170 posts since 3/19/2018

With the Banjo in your lap this will give you better balance and control.
You get there!

Jan

Mar 5, 2019 - 9:35:56 AM

4 posts since 3/3/2019

I asked my banjo teacher and he advised me to move the bottom of the banjo a few inches in the direction of my right knee with the top of the drum still pressed against my body. This placement creates a slight angle. I've tried it and it works. As for the lap suggestion, he said always do what the song says: "I came from Alabama with a banjo on my knee". He said only Plectrum players put the banjo in their lap because of the long neck.

Mar 5, 2019 - 2:54:05 PM
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Ancient

USA

192 posts since 7/6/2004

Actually, I know plectrum and tenor banjo players that play with the banjo on their right thigh. That does not work for me, as I like the more balanced feel and sound of having the banjo on my lap; plus, I use a strap. Do whatever feels right to you.

Mar 5, 2019 - 3:06:26 PM

Omeboy

USA

1920 posts since 6/27/2013

At least one reason a plectrum player will put the banjo's pot in the lap (as opposed to the upper thigh) is because it makes it easier to fret the neck past the 12th fret if you're doing some demanding solo work. Access is everything.

Mar 8, 2019 - 2:45:29 PM

4471 posts since 3/6/2006

quote:Originally posted by 34H39C7WI asked my banjo teacher and he advised me to move the bottom of the banjo a few inches in the direction of my right knee with the top of the drum still pressed against my body. This placement creates a slight angle. I've tried it and it works. As for the lap suggestion, he said always do what the song says: "I came from Alabama with a banjo on my knee". He said only Plectrum players put the banjo in their lap because of the long neck.

Mainejohn: I think your teacher is misinformed. Whether it's on your right thigh (which is where I and many other plectrum players position the banjo, along with numerous tenor players) or in one's lap is a matter of personal preference and has little to do with the banjo being a tenor or plectrum.

Edited by - mainejohn on 03/08/2019 14:53:03

Mar 9, 2019 - 10:40:40 AM

4 posts since 3/3/2019

OK, personal preference works for me. Thanx

Mar 16, 2019 - 4:26:18 AM

599 posts since 6/4/2015

My tenor banjo is rather heavy. I like it best on my lap. Feet firmly on the floor, pot somewhat sunk into the gap between my legs, and held at a slight angle. That is my way of control. But any other way you'll feel comfortable with is just as fine, of course.

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