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Jul 15, 2019 - 11:20:30 AM
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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.

Jul 15, 2019 - 2:00:25 PM
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Doc Watson, Howie Bursen.

Jul 15, 2019 - 6:45:57 PM

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Lee Hayes, Burl Ives

Jul 15, 2019 - 8:14:46 PM

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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

Jul 15, 2019 - 8:47:55 PM

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Try a minstrel banjo. I usually tune mine a fourth below standard (G tuning sounds in D), and sometimes even lower than that.

Jul 16, 2019 - 1:36:47 PM

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I use Minstrel Nyguts and tune my Tradesman down to open "D" too like Dan suggests. Keep a steel stringed Mogi for jammin'. banjered

Jul 16, 2019 - 3:32:43 PM

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Frank Proffitt.

Jul 16, 2019 - 6:58:14 PM

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Derroll Adams

Jul 17, 2019 - 4:56:39 AM



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Vester Jones
From: Traditional Music of Grayson and Carroll Counties

Jul 17, 2019 - 7:10:01 AM
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John Hartford liked his banjo tuned to E. So do I.

Jul 17, 2019 - 7:48:58 AM

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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?

Jul 17, 2019 - 9:58:25 PM



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Dirk Powell

Jul 18, 2019 - 10:02:13 AM



105 posts since 2/18/2005

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.

Jul 19, 2019 - 10:08:34 AM
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332 posts since 4/17/2019

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

Jul 22, 2019 - 8:11:32 PM
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Banjo Fred Starner in concert singing - That's The Ticket Road Hog ...

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