I'm relatively new to clawhammer banjo and singing. I recently discovered Frank Proffitt who seems to have the same vocal range as myself. Bruce Molsky also is a baritone. I'd love to listen to more artists who have the same vocal range. All suggestions welcome!
I've also tuned my banjo down to "open F" which seems to help a lot but makes the strings pretty floppy.
Bill Rogers (Moderator)
Doc Watson, Howie Bursen.
Lee Hayes, Burl Ives
There has been a lot of discussion about singing with the banjo – might punch the topic in the "Q" to the left of this page. keep you busy for an evening. banjered
Try a minstrel banjo. I usually tune mine a fourth below standard (G tuning sounds in D), and sometimes even lower than that.
I use Minstrel Nyguts and tune my Tradesman down to open "D" too like Dan suggests. Keep a steel stringed Mogi for jammin'. banjered
From: Traditional Music of Grayson and Carroll Counties
John Hartford liked his banjo tuned to E. So do I.
Thanks for the feedback everyone! For those suggesting lowered tuning, I'm not sure how to achieve that. I've tuned to F with Nylgut strings and I'm thinking E would make the strings too floppy to play.
If I'm understanding correctly I can put minstrel Nylgut strings on my banjo which should resolve this. Correct? Will I have to modify my bridge and nut again?
I'm a baritone, and can sing most British/German/American folk-songs in the key of C major; those that I can't, I can sing in G or F.
I have all my banjos in classic standard tuning gCGBD, which makes accompaniments in C very easy, with G and F close runners-up. If I really need the key of D or A, I capo at the 2nd fret and play the C or G fingerings.
Banjo Fred. Fred Starner was a longneck player
“That’s the Ticket Roadhog” is on YouTube. Take a look
Fred was part of the Hobo music scene, and a charter member of the crew of the Clearwater
His self-produced cds might be available
His homepage was banjofred here on the hangout before he caught the Westbound
Banjo Fred Starner in concert singing - That's The Ticket Road Hog ...
'Slow D BackUp Banjo' 31 min
'profile template' 1 hr
'Metronome speed?' 1 hr