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Jan 17, 2021 - 3:56:34 PM
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I'm comfortable with different picking styles, but as I develop, I find that this mix of two-finger and frailing comes most natural. Recently, I've started to put a small piece of tape on the fifth string to deaden it a little bit, as there's a lot of fifth string when playing like this.

I don't know if other people have experimented with other ways of quieting that fifth string a bit? I'm sure other old time players who double-thumb have tried and I'd appreciate to learn from you other methods to achieve that.


Jan 18, 2021 - 6:01:59 AM
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Eric A

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1036 posts since 10/15/2019

I've never done anything to my 5th string, but I do find myself deliberately playing the 5th louder or softer in different parts of a tune.

You might get more input on this if you ask the question on a regular clawhammer/oldtime thread.

I've sometimes wondered why nobody has ever adapted a Scruggs type tuner to the 5th string for those tunes that change keys between the A and B parts.

Jan 18, 2021 - 6:20:29 AM

234 posts since 4/14/2014

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Originally posted by Eric A

I've sometimes wondered why nobody has ever adapted a Scruggs type tuner to the 5th string for those tunes that change keys between the A and B parts.


I've recently placed one of Rickert's d-tuners on my fourth string in order to go from D to C. That said, I think the issue with putting one on the fifth string tuner would have to do with the ratio. Typical banjo tuners are 4:1, but the fifth string tuning ratio is higher. I know a Five Star fifth string has a 14:1 ratio. 

I did just double-check. The Waverly Planetary fifth string tuner has a 4:1 ration, so you could work with one of those. That's an interesting idea. 

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