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Dec 14, 2019 - 9:07:32 AM
6 posts since 10/22/2019

Hello , I own a 5 string banjo with a aluminum cast rim and resonator.
I bought it becouse I like the looks of a banjo and the sound, of course.
Bud every where I look on the internet all the banjo musik is played with the speed of light.
Is there slower , more romantic music for the banjo and if so where to look for it.

Dec 14, 2019 - 9:15:57 AM

53273 posts since 12/14/2005

Here's a three-chord song, slow, and extremely popular:


But for starts, just play G, A minor, C, G over and over, without trying to play the melody.

Let somebody else sing or play the melody.

Dec 14, 2019 - 9:39:35 AM
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2112 posts since 4/5/2006
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Hint: Concentrate on the vocal numbers before tackling the instrumentals. smiley

Dec 14, 2019 - 10:33:31 AM



2522 posts since 1/15/2014

You should learn to play classic style:

Dec 14, 2019 - 11:23:39 AM
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Chris Meakin


2618 posts since 5/15/2011

Janet Burton plus many other members here often  play what I would call contemplative music - no picks are involved. Go to:

then click 'media'.

This next link is many, many orders of magnitude better playing than I'll ever achieve, but I'd call it romantic. I've probably listened to it >100 times, and shared it with scores of non-banjo playing people. Best done with picks.

Dec 14, 2019 - 12:35:35 PM

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Try the recordings of Tony Ellis, he specialized in composing and arranging slower, more old fashioned sounding songs for bluegrass banjo picking. Very beautiful stuff.

Check out also recordings by some of the younger masters of today: Ron Block, Noam Pikelny, etc. They like to explore slower-paced music.

Dec 14, 2019 - 12:40:19 PM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)


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Almost any banjo song/tune can be played at a medium tempo and sound okay.

When you first start out, you really do need to focus on timing, tone and technique and keep everything slow and in time. There are numerous excellent beginner banjo books out there that have CD/DVDs with them that will start you out slowly and work you through the basics.

My suggestion? get off the internet and u-tube, find a good banjo teacher (if there's any in your area) and take it slow and easy. If you can't find a teacher, then get a good book and take it from page 1.

Dec 14, 2019 - 2:25:43 PM

53273 posts since 12/14/2005

Over to the left, just above the icon of a magnifying glass, is the word More.
Click there, then click Member Search.
Scroll down to Netherlands,
check the boxes marked
[ ]Teaching and [ ]Helping,
and 46 names will pop up.

Try sending them messages.
They are your neighbors, and might be able to get you going.

Dec 15, 2019 - 8:06:04 AM

1467 posts since 2/10/2013
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Didn't Tony Ellis play a lot of old tunes he learned from his grandmother ? He said her music inspired him to play those types of tunes.

Want to hear slower banjo music ? Hunt down really old banjo players.

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