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Sep 13, 2019 - 3:21:49 AM

MHMR

Philippines

9 posts since 9/8/2019

Anyone know any tunes specifically for long neck banjo / no capo that have some fun with harmonics. I have been playing in double c but willing to change tuning for something fun.

Sep 14, 2019 - 5:13:54 PM

843 posts since 8/7/2017

The term "harmonics" can have a couple meanings:
1) lightly placing finger on string over certain frets (eg. 12th fret) and striking lightly one or more strings...something I call "chimes".
2) the natural sympathetic vibrations of non-struck strings....something that can greatly add or detract from the overall sound of the banjo.

I'd think you could add 1) to any song, once you get the idea of where chimes might fit in. Are you asking for songs where the performer used chimes to add to the interest/beauty of the song? I'm not far along enough in my learning to list such songs, sorry, though I really like such performances.

I'd guess that anytime the performer performs a "brush" across all the strings, that chimes could fit in as an alternative. They don't create the loudness of a brush, so the ones I remember happened during a quiet part of the song (eg. at the end).

Hope this helps a little, I'm sure the more experienced players will have better advice.

Sep 15, 2019 - 4:39:51 AM

MHMR

Philippines

9 posts since 9/8/2019

Thanks, mainly just looking new and fun things to do on my long neck. I am pretty new at this and I use a lot of tab. Not much for long neck unless I just play in a lower key.

Sep 16, 2019 - 7:09:59 AM
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RG

USA

2922 posts since 8/7/2008

Lost Gander/Wild Geese Chase (Which I usually play in f#DEAD) is a tune built entirely on harmonics at the 12th and 7th fret. It's a classic and there should be tab floating around somewhere. Here's a snippet of one of my favorite banjo players, Virgil Anderson, playing his version.  A little internet snooping should turn up other video's as well, believe Mike Seeger has a version on his 'Southern Banjo" DVD series, I think it's Vol. 2...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pMeM51O-2s

Edited by - RG on 09/16/2019 07:10:32

Sep 16, 2019 - 8:19:45 AM
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janolov

Sweden

39792 posts since 3/7/2006

I have added an easy tab  of "Westminster Chimes" in the tab archive: https://www.banjohangout.org/tab/browse.asp?m=detail&v=23882. It is the melody of Big Ben in London. The tab is in open G, but the original Big Ben goes in the key of E. If you have a longneck and tune it B E G# B (which gives open G with capo on the third fret) you will be in the same key as Big Ben.

Sep 18, 2019 - 7:34:36 AM

MHMR

Philippines

9 posts since 9/8/2019

Thanks everyone. Will try them out.

Sep 20, 2019 - 1:09:22 AM
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Helix1

USA

447 posts since 4/17/2019

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