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Oct 14, 2020 - 1:38:52 PM
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I'm capoed at the 5th fret. 5th string is tuned to C. To watch Fave Licks 1-9 and to get future posts, please subscribe to my YouTube channel!


Oct 14, 2020 - 7:07:09 PM

11214 posts since 6/2/2008

Cool lick.

Are you saying the 5th string is left open and tuned up to C as opposed to spiked at 10 for C?

Can't wait for the book. Though at 69 -- and probably in my 70s when it arrives -- it will be a bit late to help me much!

Oct 14, 2020 - 7:40:27 PM
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I'm using my spike at the 10th fret. And who says you can't play Ben Eldridge music when you're in your 70s?!
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Originally posted by Old Hickory

Cool lick.

Are you saying the 5th string is left open and tuned up to C as opposed to spiked at 10 for C?

Can't wait for the book. Though at 69 -- and probably in my 70s when it arrives -- it will be a bit late to help me much!


Oct 14, 2020 - 8:28:27 PM

11214 posts since 6/2/2008

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Originally posted by Barretone
...who says you can't play Ben Eldridge music when you're in your 70s?!
 

Oh, I'm going to try.

I'm still learning stuff. I feel that I know more than I ever did. But I can also feel my ability declining. No problem when I'm playing for my own enjoyment. But when the jams return, I'm going to be a few steps slower than I was in March.

Oct 15, 2020 - 11:27:50 AM
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I like that! Ben is one of, if not my most favorite banjo player(s). Very inventive, always interesting, usually not too difficult, once you figure him out. At my advanced age, I don't buy many books anymore, but I'll be chomping at the bit to see what you & Ben come up with. Long overdue. Please keep us informed.

btw: that's a very interesting banjo you're playing.  Somewhat reminiscent of a style 6 but, perhaps with some of your own variations? What is it & who made it?

Oct 15, 2020 - 6:31:59 PM
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I'm so glad you're excited about the book. So am I! I'll keep you posted.
I'm playing a 1929 Style 6 flathead, originally known as a Royal P-T (for plectrum/tenor). The neck is by  Monte Hendricks and follows the standard 6 (sparkle) pattern of the original four-string neck. The catalin-style tuner buttons came from the late, great Ron Barnes. Ben also played a Style 6 on all the early Seldom Scene recordings. They have a very distinctive growl.
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Originally posted by monstertone

I like that! Ben is one of, if not my most favorite banjo player(s). Very inventive, always interesting, usually not too difficult, once you figure him out. At my advanced age, I don't buy many books anymore, but I'll be chomping at the bit to see what you & Ben come up with. Long overdue. Please keep us informed.

btw: that's a very interesting banjo you're playing.  Somewhat reminiscent of a style 6 but, perhaps with some of your own variations? What is it & who made it?


Edited by - Barretone on 10/15/2020 18:32:39

Oct 18, 2020 - 2:51:11 PM

2333 posts since 4/5/2006

 

My brother had an early 25 ball bearing Royal PT tenor. He didn't care much for the sound preferring Vega's & B&D's, but what he really disliked was the Royal had a shorter scale, which messed up his playing. I was able to borrow that banjo & have a five string neck made for it, nothing like the original. lol I played it for a couple years until he thought he might like to try learning Scruggs style.
John Hickman had an early checkerboard 6 with a low profile flat head ring & a Chuck Erickson neck. He said it wasn't the loudest banjo he had ever had but there must have been something he liked about it because every recording I have of him has been with that banjo, & it kicks @$$! Soon after Gibson presented John with a re-issue Granada, he sold the 6 to Allison Brown. I could have bought it but for the price. It now resides in Japan.
Is the Monte Hendricks that built your neck the Grass Valley Ca Hendricks?    


Edited by - monstertone on 10/18/2020 14:59:43

Oct 18, 2020 - 6:52:49 PM
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Monte is in Pollock Pines, CA not far from Grass Valley, so I think we're talking about the same person. The Royal P-T was introduced in 1929, so I'm not quite sure what your brother's banjo might be. Perhaps a custom order?
Randy
 
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Originally posted by monstertone

 

My brother had an early 25 ball bearing Royal PT tenor. He didn't care much for the sound preferring Vega's & B&D's, but what he really disliked was the Royal had a shorter scale, which messed up his playing. I was able to borrow that banjo & have a five string neck made for it, nothing like the original. lol I played it for a couple years until he thought he might like to try learning Scruggs style.
John Hickman had an early checkerboard 6 with a low profile flat head ring & a Chuck Erickson neck. He said it wasn't the loudest banjo he had ever had but there must have been something he liked about it because every recording I have of him has been with that banjo, & it kicks @$$! Soon after Gibson presented John with a re-issue Granada, he sold the 6 to Allison Brown. I could have bought it but for the price. It now resides in Japan.
Is the Monte Hendricks that built your neck the Grass Valley Ca Hendricks?    


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