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Aug 8, 2019 - 2:54:32 AM

Ondrej

Czech Republic

104 posts since 11/15/2018

Hi, my attempt at Irish music.
Tenor banjo CGDA and capo on the second fret.
Jigs: "Kesh jig" and  "Muckin' In Geordie's Byer"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXrF7dbIV1Y

Aug 8, 2019 - 6:49 AM

628 posts since 2/19/2012

Nice! Is that a Gold Tone AC-4? I like the way it sounds.

I have to look for "Muckin in Geordie's Byer" now....

Aug 9, 2019 - 4:51:45 AM

Ondrej

Czech Republic

104 posts since 11/15/2018

quote:
Originally posted by Parker135

Nice! Is that a Gold Tone AC-4? I like the way it sounds.

I have to look for "Muckin in Geordie's Byer" now....


Thank You!

Yes, it's a banjo Gold Tone AC-4.

Dec 22, 2019 - 9:43:43 AM
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8 posts since 4/17/2018

sounds good to me...

Dec 28, 2019 - 6:34:21 AM

13 posts since 9/30/2013

I do not use a capo and wondering how you use it to play this jig so forgive me if this reads like a novice. You capo the fret so the banjo is now tuned DAEB, the music is written in the key of D (at least the music I have). What then is the purpose of the capo, to use open strings? As I said, forgive me as I can't for some reason wrap my head around the use of a capo. I use standard tenor tuning CGDA and would play the music as written learning the fretboard.
I do like you playing, and thank you for posting. I would like to play more jigs also which is why I want to learn all the different approaches to playing on my tenor.
Thank you.

Dec 28, 2019 - 1:18 PM

650 posts since 6/25/2006

I wanted to ask that question too. I play a few celtic tunes in CGDA and haven't need to capo e.g Lilting Banshee, Napoleon crossing the Rhine. However, I think mandolin/banjo players who already play in GDAE can capo and play tunes one string down and avoid the high B.

Dec 29, 2019 - 2:49:25 PM

381 posts since 1/30/2019

quote:
Originally posted by banjopoet

I do not use a capo and wondering how you use it to play this jig so forgive me if this reads like a novice. You capo the fret so the banjo is now tuned DAEB, the music is written in the key of D (at least the music I have). What then is the purpose of the capo, to use open strings? As I said, forgive me as I can't for some reason wrap my head around the use of a capo. I use standard tenor tuning CGDA and would play the music as written learning the fretboard.
I do like you playing, and thank you for posting. I would like to play more jigs also which is why I want to learn all the different approaches to playing on my tenor.
Thank you.


Hi, 

I'm a real beginner when it comes to ITM and tenor banjo generally, but I've used a capo to practise tunes and make the stretches between frets easier while learning the tune. Helps with finger strength too I find. Start with capo at 7th, then move to 5th, then 2nd, then take it off. Of course it takes a long time to work each one out to start with the tune takes all the thought, but eventually it becomes about muscle memory.

I learn from sheet music, so even with the capo I imagine it wasn't there, and play the tune relatively. So when you get down to play the tune without a capo you're in the right key. Make sense?

Like I say, I'm really new to the tenor banjo, but this has worked for me.

Andy

Dec 30, 2019 - 1:22:15 AM

Ondrej

Czech Republic

104 posts since 11/15/2018

quote:
Originally posted by banjopoet

I do not use a capo and wondering how you use it to play this jig so forgive me if this reads like a novice. You capo the fret so the banjo is now tuned DAEB, the music is written in the key of D (at least the music I have). What then is the purpose of the capo, to use open strings? As I said, forgive me as I can't for some reason wrap my head around the use of a capo. I use standard tenor tuning CGDA and would play the music as written learning the fretboard.
I do like you playing, and thank you for posting. I would like to play more jigs also which is why I want to learn all the different approaches to playing on my tenor.
Thank you.


Thank you. Yes you can play without capo. Capo on the other fret is not my invention. We've seen it from the CGDA mandola player. See good description here https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/46413-Mandola-and-Traditional-Irish-Music

and here https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/86638-Playing-fiddle-tunes-on-the-mandola-Should-I-capo
Shortly. The advantage is open strings and easier fingering.

Dec 30, 2019 - 10:03:14 AM
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13 posts since 9/30/2013

Thank you for the link, going to give those tunes a try with a capo.

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