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May 20, 2021 - 7:05:06 AM
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Ron C

USA

1451 posts since 3/17/2004

Stating the obvious: this is a banjo site. However, playing banjo and enjoying it doesn't mean that we can't also play other instruments.

I am certain that a large number of you also play other stringed instruments, with the most common one being the guitar. Some dedicated Bluegrass aficionados play mandolin or fiddle, as well. I've known a few banjo players who also play bass.

How about non-string instruments? I am taking jazz sax lessons from a local, professional player. Forty Years ago, I played sax and clarinet in an amateur, 22 piece Swing Band. My goal is to try out for a local, amateur Big Band once the pandemic restrictions are loosened enough for them to start practicing together.

A lot of what I am learning on the sax now will transfer usefully to the banjo. Writing out improvised solos and learning more chord theory can only help my banjo playing.

Ron

May 20, 2021 - 7:47:39 AM
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57676 posts since 12/14/2005

Guitar, ukulele.
Can do some chords on mandolin, can skreek on a fiddle (but not accurately enough to do more than 60 seconds when nobody else is playing).
Might seem to be playing harmonica, with a reppetwah of maybe 3 songs.
Can blow four notes through a length of PVC pipe or electrical conduit.
Not bad at bucket bass.
Not real good at real bass, but I'll give it a try, just for fun.
As good as any beginner on autoharp.

Does laying a blade of grass between my thumbs and making duck calls count as "reed"?
Does rattles count as percussion?

Invented the Wonderful One-Stringed WUNJO, a blend of the African akontang & Swedish dulcimer.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUuo4YfJgec

May 20, 2021 - 7:54:04 AM

Owen

Canada

8975 posts since 6/5/2011

Heck.... I know of one banjo player (?) that can't even play banjo!!

I trust/expect that both your rehab and sax playing are are going well.

Although it doesn't sound like you need additional inspiration....

 

May 20, 2021 - 8:07:40 AM
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m06

England

10319 posts since 10/5/2006

I play flute too, but a different repertoire to banjo. I play my indigenous music on my flute, mostly local-sourced Somerset folk tunes lots of reels and jigs.

Flute reminds me how fortunate we are not to have to focus on our breathing when we play banjo - only make sure that we continue to do it. wink




Edited by - m06 on 05/20/2021 08:13:46

May 20, 2021 - 8:08:56 AM

2357 posts since 7/20/2004

Autoharp, half a dozen chords on guitar, a bit of fiddle and cello, and long ago some semi-serious tuba in a brass quintet.

May 20, 2021 - 8:37:28 AM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

26067 posts since 8/3/2003

I play banjo, guitar, mandolin, autoharp and piano. I mess around with the dobro and an acoustic/electric bass, but not very good at either because they just aren't my "thing". I When I was in high school I played clarinet and tenor sax. I also sing lead and harmony.

May 20, 2021 - 9:10:30 AM
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figmo59

USA

33800 posts since 3/5/2008

May 20, 2021 - 9:24:14 AM

12231 posts since 1/15/2005
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Banjo, guitar, and mandolin ...... all equally bad!

May 20, 2021 - 9:35:30 AM

Ron C

USA

1451 posts since 3/17/2004

quote:
Originally posted by mike gregory

Guitar, ukulele.
Can do some chords on mandolin, can skreek on a fiddle (but not accurately enough to do more than 60 seconds when nobody else is playing).
Might seem to be playing harmonica, with a reppetwah of maybe 3 songs.
Can blow four notes through a length of PVC pipe or electrical conduit.
Not bad at bucket bass.
Not real good at real bass, but I'll give it a try, just for fun.
As good as any beginner on autoharp.

Does laying a blade of grass between my thumbs and making duck calls count as "reed"?
Does rattles count as percussion?

Invented the Wonderful One-Stringed WUNJO, a blend of the African akontang & Swedish dulcimer.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUuo4YfJgec


I've always known that you are a multi-talented guy.!

May 20, 2021 - 9:44:13 AM
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Ron C

USA

1451 posts since 3/17/2004

quote:
Originally posted by Owen

Heck.... I know of one banjo player (?) that can't even play banjo!!

I trust/expect that both your rehab and sax playing are are going well.

Although it doesn't sound like you need additional inspiration....

 

The fellow on the right is my sax instructor! Looks just like him.laugh

The rehab and physical therapy is going well and I am improving daily. My walking stability is much better, although my wife insists that I still am unstable.smiley Thanks for checking!

As for the sax - I am having a great time with it. My tenor sax is a 93 year old Buescher. It looks as if it is new out of the box. A collector owned it before me so it was never played or abused.

Ron

May 20, 2021 - 9:45:22 AM

Ron C

USA

1451 posts since 3/17/2004

quote:
Originally posted by figmo59

youtu.be/NNFlAzVhSVw


With the price of ammo as it is, I'd love to have what he has on his table.

May 20, 2021 - 10:23:17 AM
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57676 posts since 12/14/2005

Geez!
I forgot DOBRO.
HAD TO work up a brief rendition of a verse of Cripple Creek, so I could demonstrate it to potential customers, back when I ran POSITIVE NOTE MUSIC (The Best Folking Music Store in Town!)

May 20, 2021 - 11:17:54 AM
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4097 posts since 11/29/2005

Those you see below, plus I can diddle a little on the piano, make god-awfile sounds on a couple of harmonicas, twang a bit of juice-harp, and blow around a bit on a fife.


May 20, 2021 - 12:08:05 PM
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Owen

Canada

8975 posts since 6/5/2011

Brad's pic ^^ got me thinking.   Though they're not "rounded up," besides a couple of banjos, we have my dad's old fiddle, a Seagull Merlin, a strum stick, a mountain dulcimer and a couple of sets/pairs/?? of "spoons," and at one time we had a Newfie-style ugly stick.   I can't play any of 'em.  I'm banking on:  "Woke up speaking fluent __________ " .... IF I can figure out some way of bypassing the stroke/coma phase.  wink

Edited by - Owen on 05/20/2021 12:11:12

May 20, 2021 - 12:42:25 PM
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436 posts since 3/26/2009

I "play at" a few things including the banjo.

 

May 20, 2021 - 12:56:01 PM

99 posts since 2/18/2021

Fiddle (Irish, old time, French Canadian) and mandolin (almost automatic for fiddlers/violinists)

May 20, 2021 - 4:36:24 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

24827 posts since 6/25/2005

Guitar—a bit

Fidde—a lesser bit.

May 20, 2021 - 4:47:46 PM

Banjo Lefty

Canada

2286 posts since 6/19/2014

I play Scott Joplin rags on piano, and some Bach. Trying to play both on banjo, with limited success.

May 20, 2021 - 5:35:18 PM

Brian T

Canada

18355 posts since 6/5/2008

Ocarina in several sizes, same for pan flutes.

May 20, 2021 - 5:46:08 PM
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Owen

Canada

8975 posts since 6/5/2011

I used to, but I had to cut back a little... my band mates were getting a bit jealous ............

Pretty sure I want to be a one man band | The Gear Page

Edited by - Owen on 05/20/2021 17:49:14

May 20, 2021 - 6:50:46 PM

Ron C

USA

1451 posts since 3/17/2004

quote:
Originally posted by Owen

Brad's pic ^^ got me thinking.   Though they're not "rounded up," besides a couple of banjos, we have my dad's old fiddle, a Seagull Merlin, a strum stick, a mountain dulcimer and a couple of sets/pairs/?? of "spoons," and at one time we had a Newfie-style ugly stick.   I can't play any of 'em.  I'm banking on:  "Woke up speaking fluent __________ " .... IF I can figure out some way of bypassing the stroke/coma phase.  wink


I have tried sleeping with instrumental instruction books under the pillow. It hasn't worked  yet, but I am an infernal optimist, so I keep trying.

May 20, 2021 - 7:09:16 PM

Tommy5

USA

3807 posts since 2/22/2009

Fingerpick guitar, some keyboards, uke, harmonica, I am thinking of trying fiddle , but that might be an instrument too far.

May 20, 2021 - 11:38:08 PM
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Paul R

Canada

14690 posts since 1/28/2010

quote:
Originally posted by Owen

I used to, but I had to cut back a little... my band mates were getting a bit jealous ............

Pretty sure I want to be a one man band | The Gear Page


Looks more like you were their roadie. cheeky

May 20, 2021 - 11:47:08 PM

Paul R

Canada

14690 posts since 1/28/2010

My first instrument was guitar, and I still play acoustic 6 & 12, electric 6 & 12*, and bass. A bit of mandolin and dulcimer. A tiny amount of autoharp. Wooden spoons.

I used to be really good at the record player. Still quite competent on radio, and the car's CD player.

*Fun if you can get used to the string spacing.


 

May 21, 2021 - 4:43:04 PM
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RV6

USA

1409 posts since 2/3/2012

quote:
Originally posted by Tommy5

Fingerpick guitar, some keyboards, uke, harmonica, I am thinking of trying fiddle , but that might be an instrument too far.


I bought my first musical instrument, a banjo, in 2012 when I was 65 and have taught myself clawhammer, old time music using the many resources available on the net.

I was lucky to be invited to play with some really good O.T. muscians a few years ago who play guitar, fiddle and banjo and are experts in them all and I became facintated with their fiddle playing.  So, at age 72, I bought my first fiddle and decided to see if I could learn to play it.   Knowing a bunch of O.T. tunes on the banjo has helped my fiddle journey quite a bit and I now have around 40 tunes that I can play, up to speed on the fiddle, with the recordings I made of our old time group.  I play my banjo with this group every week (finally, now that we've been vaccinated) but the rest of my playing is on the fiddle, by myself, every day for a couple of hours. I just play my banjo with the group, otherwise, it's fiddle all of the time.    One of these days, I'll spring my fiddle playing on the O.T. group and see what the reaction is.

I really love the challenge of playing the fiddle.   I'll never be as good as I want to be but I'm way better on the fiddle than I ever thought I'd be.   I'm 74 years old today and hope I can keep playing the fiddle for many more years.   It's been the most fun I've had --- since taking up the banjosmiley

Edited by - RV6 on 05/21/2021 16:46:12

May 21, 2021 - 5:02:59 PM
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3790 posts since 7/8/2010

I used to play on the linoleum

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